Don’t be mistaken: it is different from a smoothie you drink with a straw. It is thicker, more like ice cream, so the toppings stay on the surface without sinking. You can easily achieve this by adding more frozen fruit and less liquid. It’s nice to have a bit of crunch on top or sweetness from some fresh fruit. It’s a whole different experience from a smoothie. Trust me on this one.
This is one of my favorite combos for a smoothie bowl. The sweet blueberries and raspberries hide the taste of the spinach and the frozen blueberries help to thicken it. Acai (pronounced ah-sah-ee) is a berry that comes from the acai palm tree. It is similar in nutrition to a blueberry, containing fiber, heart healthy fats and more antioxidants than other berries. To learn more about the health benefits of acai berries visit The Mayo Clinic.
If you don’t like acai try other mix-ins like protein powder, nut butters, yogurt or avocados.
Smoothie bowls lend themselves to a variety of toppings. Here are a few to choose from…
- cocoa powder
- pumpkin seeds
- oatmeal / granola
- chia seeds
- almond butter
- pumpkin puree
- cocoa nibs
- flax seeds
- chocolate chips (did I just say that?)
So try one today and see what all the hype is about. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- handful of spinach
- 2 tsp acai powder
- 1 cup frozen berries of your choice
- 1 banana frozen is good
- coconut flakes
- slivered almonds
Mix all smoothie ingredients in a high powered blender.
Add more or less milk to get desired consistency.
Pour into a bowl and top with toppings.
Eat with a spoon!