We’re all familiar with the recent smoothie bowl craze. It’s difficult to read a food blog or browse Pinterest without feeling bombarded by recipe after recipe for the perfect bowl of pureed produce. In fact, if you’re like I was a few weeks ago, you’re probably tired of hearing about smoothie bowls.
I’m not here to tout the health benefits of various of tropical fruits or claim that smoothies for breakfast will cause you to lose twenty pounds. I didn’t decide to make smoothie bowls my regular weekday breakfast for either of these reasons.
So why do I love smoothie bowls? Because they are delicious and easy to make! I’m all for creating meals that I enjoy both making and eating.
Every weekend, I blend up a batch of my favorite frozen fruits, pour them out into freezer-proof containers (I’m a big fan of these), and toss them in the freezer. Each evening before work, I move one into the fridge to defrost, then grab it on my way out the door the next morning. By the time I get to work, it’s ready to eat!
The best thing about smoothies is you don’t have to worry about screwing them up. This isn’t an exact science — it’s all about your personal taste! Add a few extra raspberries and pull back on the blueberries if you feel like it. Hate bananas? Leave them out and double up on one of the other fruits. If the smoothie gets too thick, add more liquid, and if it’s too runny, add more ice. You really can’t go wrong here.
Below is one of my recent favorites: a fruit-filled açaí bowl that’s packed with sweet, tart flavor. Go ahead: try it for yourself!
- 2 packs açai berry purée (I buy these at my local Whole Foods)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- Optional: 1 teaspoon maca powder
- Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla protein powder
Toss all ingredients into a blender.
Serve immediately or freeze for later.
If the smoothie is too thick, gradually add more almond milk & blend until the desired consistency is achieved. Or, if the smoothie is too runny, gradually add ice in the same manner. You can add supplements and powders at your discretion -- or don't! It's totally up to you.
One last thing: I love topping my smoothie bowls with a bit of granola. It adds the perfect crunch!
Happy slurping! And if you try it, please let me know what you think in the comments below.