Sometimes, I feel my body needs an extra boost of vitamins and nutrients. One nutrient in particular I know I need more of is Omega 3’s. It is rare I eat fish, and I do not have many other food sources with this nutrient. Usually, I take an Omega supplement to help me out.
It seems smoothie bowls have been all the rage for quite a while now, and I never tried one, until I made this one I am showing you all, today. I knew my smoothie bowl needed to have Acai. The first time I had Acai was during Ian and I’s honeymoon in Coronado, California.
I was born in Coronado. I love to claim that I am a California girl, and Ian likes to tell people he married one. For a while, his theme song for me was “California Gurls” by Katy Perry. But, Ian also likes to tease me because my parents moved from California to Virginia when I was only 8 months old, so I can’t really claim California as much as I usually do. Despite not growing up in CA, I have had a burning desire to go back and explore it.
Coronado was a gem. We stayed at the Hotel Del, went to the San Diego Zoo, and had a beach day. It was also fun to explore Coronado Island. I think we spent a full day walking the island. My cousin and her husband are also living out in San Diego, so we spent an evening catching up with them at a fabulous Mexican restaurant.
The food was to die for. I thought I enjoyed Tex-Mex, but, in full honesty, it does not hold a candle to the food we had in Coronado. One spot Ian and I had breakfast at almost every day was a placed called, Clayton’s. It was like stepping into a 50’s diner when you walked inside. The menu was vast, and the coffee was fantastic.
When we were there, I noticed people ordering this bowl that looked like it was filled with a berry sorbet or something similar, topped with granola, bananas, and berries. I came to figure out it was an Acai berry bowl, and I had to try it. After one bite, I was hooked.
It’s been over a year, since our fabulous honeymoon, and I finally decided to make my own Acai bowl. I love that Acai is loaded with antioxidants and health benefits. While I used Acai frozen packs I found at my local health food store, you can purchase freeze dried Acai powder here. If you go this route, I would add about a cup or so of frozen berries with the powder in lieu of the frozen packs I found. This is only a guesstimate. I have not tried that out, yet.
Onto the smoothie bowls! This is an incredibly simple and quick breakfast or lunch, and it definitely satisfies a sweets craving. If you chop your fruit the night before, this smoothie bowl can easily be done in about 5 minutes or less.
Acai Smoothie Boost Bowls
Time: 5 minutes
Servings: For one bowl (although, I could not finish my entire bowl)
½ banana cut in slices
2 Acai frozen fruit packs (Mine did not have any added sugar)
¼-1/2 C. Juice of choice (I used ½ c of cold pressed grape apple juice)
1 Tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup (I added this for sweetness since my Acai packs had no sugar)
2 tsp. Chia Seeds
Desired Topping Ideas:
- Blend ½ chopped banana, 2 acai frozen packs, juice of choice, maple syrup, and chia seeds in a blender, until smooth.
- Pour smoothie into a bowl.
- Top smoothie with desired toppings. Add extra chia seeds and grown flax for extra Omega 3’s, and finish off with an extra drizzle of maple syrup.
- Enjoy your antioxidant, fruit filled, bowl!!
See? That could not be an easier breakfast, and you are filling your body with tons of vitamins and nutrients, perfect for a little boost. I wish I had some kiwi for my bowl, but sadly I could not find any.
I think the base to this bowl is perfect for topping with any fruit that is in season. I also see the flavor of Acai going extremely well with chocolate. Might I suggest some cacao nibs to add in the future?
I love these bowls! They are gorgeous, delightful, and incredibly filling.
My next post is going to be another room tour of the McDodge House. I will showcase our hallway, and bathroom.
Have you had a smoothie bowl before? What would you top yours with?