Acai Smoothie Bowl
Lately it seems like we’re in a constant cycle of traveling, having a great time and eating lots of great tasting (but not so healthy) foods, then, returning home and trying to make up for those excess meals and calories before traveling and doing it all over again. In an attempt to right the dietary wrongs of a long beach weekend with friends where nearly every meal contained something fried and a cold margarita, we made these acai smoothie bowls to replenish our fruits and try to lighten up a bit.
I know we’re a little late to the game here. I’ve seen smoothie bowls and acai smoothies all over my Instagram and blog feeds for months, but am just now giving them a try. I actually bought a bag of acai powder, and I’m embarrassed to admit that it sat in the cupboard for at least a month or two before it was even opened.
I was so pleased when I finally opened the acai powder and added it to this smoothie. Not only does it add a nice flavor, but it turns the smoothie mixture the most beautiful pink/purple color!
One thing that concerned me about making smoothie bowls was the amount of sugar that would be in one. When I see a lovely fruit puree topped with all sorts of sweet fixins I immediately think, wow that looks amazing, but I might as well eat a bowl of ice cream. I tried to make this smoothie bowl as low in sugar as I possibly could. I went with a greek yogurt that doesn’t have too much sugar, and topped it with some berries and coconut flakes. I felt that the bowl needed a bit more texture, so I also added my favorite granola that isn’t too high in sugar.
I really like the smoothie bowl idea because you can top them with whatever you’re in the mood for or whatever you have on hand. Sliced almonds would be a great option, as would banana slices, or whatever fruits or berries you have at the moment.