Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Coconut Chips and Almonds

Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Coconut Chips and Almonds

This super simple Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl is packed with tons of fresh berries and creamy Greek yogurt. 
Topped with Toasted Coconut Chips and Almonds for crunch, it's a healthy way to start your day!
Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Coconut Chips and Almonds | The Chef Next Door
The summer of 2016 is going to be all about satisfying my cravings. My cravings for food, for life, and for my wardrobe! Living in Michigan I'm just about 90 minutes or so from the beach. The beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan that is! Last year I told my kids we were going to take road trips every few weeks and enjoy the beach, and you know what? We never did it. Not once! Between work and summer sports for my son, the summer flew by and we hand't visited Lake Michigan one. single. time. This year I won't let that happen! I've already marked off some dates on the calendar and we are for sure making day trips to play on the beach and enjoy everything that Michigan has to offer.

As far as my wardrobe cravings, that has needed a bit of help as well! I will admit that I've gained a few pounds this year {and am currently trying to take them off!}, so I wanted a few new pieces that I could feel comfortable in until the weight goes back down. I picked up a few new tops and capri pants, but I also had the opportunity to try something new from prAna. I chose the lightweight, soft and ultra comfy Quinn Dress in the Indigo Lace pattern. It's made from recycled materials and is very stretchy, making it the best little sundress for the summer.

Getting back to my food cravings, I'm always craving light and fresh dishes during the summer. In addition to grilling several times a week {one of my favorite things!}, I love to eat as much local, fresh foods as possible. Fresh vegetables and fruits are abound this time of year! I even got my picky son to eat grilled zucchini and edamame the other day. Score one for mom!
Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Coconut Chips and Almonds | The Chef Next Door
In addition to all that fresh produce, you know I love yogurt, too. And so do my kids! I can't even begin to tell you how much yogurt we go through on a weekly basis. It's awesome! One of my new favorite breakfasts is this Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Coconut Chips and Almonds. With the smoothie bowl craze all around us, can you believe I had never tried one until just recently?  Now that I've tried it, I don't know why I didn't do it sooner!
Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Coconut Chips and Almonds | The Chef Next Door
This summer I'll definitely be satisfying my summer cravings with this delicious smoothie bowl. Filled with lots of fresh fruits and Stonyfield yogurt, and topped with sliced almonds, chia seeds and toasted coconut chips, it's a breakfast {or snack} that I can feel good about eating every single day!

Now here comes the fun part -- I've partnered with my friends at prAna for a giveaway! One lucky reader will win the beautiful Quinn dress (retail value $79) in the color and size of your choice! How awesome is that? All you need to do to enter is tell me what your summer cravings are in the comments below! {US Residents only}

Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl
Author: Sarah Bates | The Chef Next Door
Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups fresh mixed berries (I used a combination of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)
1 cup Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk Greek Plain Yogurt
1 banana
1/4 cup toasted coconut chips
2 Tablespoons sliced almonds
1 Tablespoon chia seeds

Add the mixed fruit, yogurt and banana to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Pour the smoothie into 2 bowls, then top evenly with the coconut chips, almonds and chia seeds. You can also top it with additional fruit, if desired. 

Bon App├ętit!
Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Coconut Chips and Almonds | The Chef Next Door
I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield and prAna. I received products to create this post, however, all opinions, as always, are my own.