In case you haven't noticed, Acai and Pitaya bowls seem to have taken the food industry by storm. We now have an equal number of Acai bowl places and pizza shops in my town (and I'm from New York so we have a lot of pizza shops). Each place is different and individually delicious, but I have to say they still don't compare to making my own smoothie bowls at home. Not only do I not have to dish out $10 each morning to sustain my addiction, but I can ensure that there are no added sugars and that it's loaded with the nutrients that I know I need. I have been making myself these smoothie bowls for over a year (ever since I returned from Australia) and they've definitely reached a level of perfection. So without further ado, here is my recipe (feel free to change it as you see fit):
1 whole banana (frozen bananas work too!)
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
3/4 cup of fresh baby spinach or baby kale
1/2 cup of almond cashew milk (unsweetened original flavor)
1/4 cup of water
1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter
1/4 cup of granola of your choice (I personally opt for Bear Naked Cacao & Cashew Butter)
Sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
I also usually add whatever fresh berries I have in the fridge!
Add all smoothie base ingredients to blender (I use a NutriBullet), try to keep frozen ingredients furthest from the blade so that there is more liquid to help blend them. If you find that your blender is having a hard time blending everything, especially the frozen ingredients, keep adding water until it blends smoothly. If you like your smoothie to be a little thicker, opt for more frozen ingredients or add crushed ice! Once smoothie base is blended to a perfect consistency, empty out into a bowl and sprinkle with toppings. Enjoy!
Some other ingredients I've tried out in my smoothie bowls:
-Fresh beets (great, but very rich - definitely not an everyday add-on and don't add peanut butter if you incorporate them)
-Almond butter (great if you're allergic to peanuts and very tasty!)
-Mango (another great addition, also don't include peanut butter)