Today, contributor Rachel is showing us how to make an acai bowl. You’ll love her simple process for creating a tasty and balanced acai bowl!
Smoothie bowls are what they sound like, but they’re better. Think ice cream only better….healthy, fulfilling, nutrient dense, ice cream!
You can create pretty much any combo of flavors that you want and then top it with your favorite fruits and other crunchy things like cereal and nuts. This means it’s more satisfying than a regular smoothie because you can’t suck it down in 10 seconds and be left wanting more.
When I have a smoothie bowl for breakfast it makes me stop and slow down. I’m always on the go with the kids – so sitting and eating my smoothie truly allows me time to slow down and actually taste my food.
Today’s smoothie bowl wasn’t as thick as I like it, but it was still good and I’ll show you how to make sure that your smoothie bowls come out perfecting every time!
Ingredients needed to make an Acai smoothie bowl:
Today’s bowl had a base of frozen mango, pineapple and fresh banana – blended using my ninja for 20 seconds.
The top is strawberries and blood orange. I’ll show you below how you can build an acai bowl that is to your liking with so many delicious fresh ingredients! Read on for all the details!
Heres how to make your own acai smoothie bowl:
To make these açaí bowls, use Sambazon’s line of frozen and puréed açaí berry packs (which you can find in the frozen foods section of Whole Foods and other well-stocked grocery stores).
Place one of the packs into a powerful blender with a little coconut water and a banana, to add creaminess. But you could also use juice or an alt-milk (like almond or hemp) to thin out your fruit purée, and up the creamy factor by adding avocado. As with any other smoothie, anything that’ll get your fruit purée to a thick and creamy consistency will do.
*play around with fruits that you enjoy! Pinterest has so many wonderful recipes to choose from!*
Now, onto the fun stuff – the toppings that turn your açaí smoothie bowl into breakfast. A combo of strawberries, bananas, blueberries, granola, toasted coconut flakes, and hemp seeds. For a balance of flavors and textures, choose at least one topping from each of the categories below, then pile ’em on.
Nearly any bite-sized fresh fruit, such as berries, sliced banana or mango, pineapple chunks, or pomegranate seeds, will please your palate and give your bowl some texture and variety.
I like to add berries or bananas because they’re usually what we have on hand but even mini orange slices or sliced grapes will do the trick!
You can’t go wrong with toasted coconut flakes or nuts, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, or granola. These are the go to ingredients I like to add for some crunch because it gets boring otherwise! You can also use dried fruit like banana or apple chips!
Try chia seeds, hemp seeds, bee pollen, or goji berries. You can also add hemp hearts or any other really nutrient rich topping to give your bowl a little extra kick in terms of health benefits.
A drizzle of agave, honey, or maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness. That is all you will really need in terms of sweetness but you can also add some stevia if you need a boost of sweetness without adding any extra calories.
And there you will have the most delicious smoothie you have ever had!
Was that as easy as you expected?!
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