Summer is my favorite season because it’s the time for all things cool: sundresses, Shakespeare in the park, and smoothie bowls for breakfast.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I like to match my smoothie to my current read. Want to do the same while procrastinating on that novel you’re working on? Here are three recipes to get you started!

Yes, three recipes — not one — because if you’re like most Angelenos, you’re likely avoiding one macronutrient or another for some strange personal reason. I won’t judge. Pick from high-carb, high-fat, or high-protein — all options raw, vegan,and gluten-free, of course.

The directions for all three bowls are simple: blend the base ingredients in a high speed blender, then top with the toppings. About the matching part: Basically, all three bowls have a neutral-colored base — which you can then give color by adding fruits or greens or cacao, then more color by adding toppings of your choice ranging from more fruit to granola to shredded coconut.

For all the carbs: Strawberry nice cream bowl

Think no one eats carbs anymore? Think again! High carb low fat — or whole starch low fat — is a thing these days, as evidenced by the popular #hclf and #wslf hashtags on Instagram, mostly deployed by millennial vegan fans of McDougall Diet.

Base
1.5 frozen bananas
5 frozen strawberries (or fruit of desired color)
1/3 c water or more for desired consistency

Toppings
Fresh strawberries and bananas
Shredded coconut

For good fats: Blueberry chia blast bowl

This bowl is very low on sugar and carbs, and is made with a trifecta of good fats — avocado, chia, and coconut. Super creamy and filling!

Base
1/4 avocado
1/4 c chia
1/3 c almond milk or more for desired consistency (or other milk of choice)
1/2 c blueberries (or fruit of desired color)
vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia or other sweetener to taste

Toppings
Fresh bananas and figs
shredded coconut

For protein: Creamy chocolate banana bowl

This stuff seriously tastes like chocolate ice cream to me. Experiment with different protein powders until you find one you love; I like vanilla rice protein powder because it’s easy on the digestion and fairly neutral in terms of taste. if you use a chocolate flavored protein powder, you can skip the cacao. I adapted this bowl from a recipe by Paleo in Heels, who’s got lots more smoothie recipes on her blog!

Base
1 frozen banana
1 c frozen cauliflower
1/4 avocado
1 Tb cacao
1 serving vanilla protein powder
1/3 c almond milk or more for desired consistency (or other milk of choice)
vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia or other sweetener to taste

Toppings
strawberries
shredded coconut
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Now you’re cool for the summer. Let me know if you try any of these —