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Acai Berry Smoothie Bowls

I think I have nailed the home recipe for Acai smoothie bowls! Seriously, you won’t be disappointed. The smoothie I’ve created is rich, creamy, and nutritious and you can add any toppings you’d like. Best of all, it’ll save you $8-$10 bucks a pop every time you’re in the mood for one.

Most of the ingredients are pretty straight forward and I’ll get into those soon. First, Lets talk about Acai Powder, the nutrient dense super food of all super foods.

Acai Powder

The Acai berry is a grape-like fruit that comes from Brazil and (according to WebMD) boasts many health benefits including boosting energy, supporting your immune system, jump starting your metabolism, boosting brain function, promoting a healthy digestive system, and is LOADED with antioxidants, possible cancer fighting agents. It is high in [good] fat and low in sugar. Kind of unique for a fruit, right?!?! In your smoothie, you can use a puree or powder. I prefer the powder (with no added sugar). It’s much less expensive to keep on hand and it still contains all of the nutrients you are looking for. Plus, I give an recommended amount to use in my recipe, but you can adjust to your taste. The one I use (pictured) is Organic Acai Powder from Feel Good Organics and can be found on Amazon. This will last you a long time! I make multiple smoothies for myself and my daughter out of this $11 bag.

Smoothie Ingredients (2 Servings)

  • 1/2 Cup of Each: Frozen Berry Mix, Almond Milk (unsweetened), Yogurt (Plain or Greek)
  • 1/2 banana-save and slice the other half for the topping
  • 2-3 teaspoons Acai Powder-I use exactly 2 and I love it!
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Peanut Butter or Almond Butter (pick your fave)
  • Put all ingredients in a blender and blend very well.

A quick note about blenders. We use ours often. It is important to have a good one, especially when working with frozen fruit. you will not end up with the creamy results that you want. This Ninja Smoothie Blender is awesome and efficient if you are in the market for one. It’s affordable, too, at less than $100. Check it out.

Toppings

Now, this is where you want to be careful because your healthy breakfast or snack can easily turn into a sugary dessert. Stick to a couple pieces of fruit or unsweetened coconut, granola or a few drops of honey. These are some of the toppings my Sophia and I use:

  • Honey-I have a friend who keeps bees and we LOVE her honey, but we’ve run out…
  • Granola-Try to stick to just a bit on the top.
  • Unsweetened, Organic Coconut Flakes or Chips-I love these, Soph does not.
  • Fruit-We like a few banana and strawberry slices. Try not to go too crazy, though. This can add a lot of unnecessary sugar.
  • Arrange the toppings so it looks attractive:)

Enjoy!

There you have it-your own Acai Smoothie Bowl. Pretty easy, right? Leave some comments and let me know what you think. Happy snacking. X, Nicole

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