Acai Blueberry Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are definitely one of my number-one obsessions. They're just so easy to make, fun to decorate, and even more FUN TO EAT! Except of course the part where you have to tear apart your beautiful creation - that part's always a bit tragic.
This is a frozen acai blueberry smoothie bowl topped with mango, goji berries, muesli, and chia seeds. So what's the deal with all of these things - Acai? Chia seeds? Do I need to add these to my smoothie bowl, too?
The best part about smoothie bowls is that there's really no guidelines. You can make it however you want it, with whatever you want! I add toppings like these because they all provide health benefits that stretch far beyond what you'll receive from just having a plain fruit smoothie.
Acai comes in a few different forms, but I prefer to use powder. I buy "Navitas Naturals Organic Acai Powder," which can be found at most supermarkets. If you don't prefer powder, you can use a juice form or they even make capsules! Acai is what you would call a "superfood" which basically means it's stock full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals essential to excellent health. For starters, the acai berry has a very distinct, sweet taste that I just can't get enough of! This antioxidant-abundant superfood strengthens the immune system, improves heart health, aids in digestion and detoxifying the "yuckies" inside of us, and is a natural source of energy! Try adding a scoop or two to your smoothies or protein shakes - I promise you'll love it!
Ahh chia seeds, chia seeds. Can't get enough of those chia seeds! I seriously can't imagine my life before chia seeds - I add them to EVERYTHING! Smoothies, yogurt, fruit platters, salads, water. I like to make things chia-licious babyyyy. So what's the scoop about chia seeds, you might ask? Well, chia seeds are an excellent source of protein and omega-3. You can find chia seeds just about anywhere - at your local grocery store, supermarket, or vitamin shop. I keep a 32 oz. mason jar filled with them on my counter so they're always handy. I'm kinda obsessed with mason jars and use them for just about everything (off topic but I'm going to finish this speal quick)... okay, so mason jars are just amazing. My boyfriend says I have a problem and calls me a "jar hoarder" but I just can't help it. I use them to organize all of my smoothie toppings like this, such as chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, coconut, raw cacao, oats, and more! You can find a detailed post about this in the "BLOG" section! Anywho, time to get back on track. So yeah WOO CHIA SEEDS! THEY ROCK!
So I guess after all of that you're wondering where the recipe is, right? Sorry, it's coming right up.
What you'll need:
- 2 frozen bananas
- 3 cups of frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons of acai powder
- Goji berries
- Chia seeds
- Any other toppings of your choice
First, blend together your ingredients to make your smoothie which are the frozen bananas and blueberries + acai powder. Since you're using frozen fruit, you're going to end up with a thick, ice cream-like mixture. I use a food processor (Ninja), but a blender will work just fine! Pour your smoothie into a bowl - you can always freeze it for a little while if it didn't come out as thick/frozen as you had wished. From there, the rest is up to you! Add whatever kinds of toppings your heart desires! I added chopped mangoes, goji berries (a dried fruit), chia seeds, rolled oats, and also ate some freshly picked blackberries and raspberries with it.
Hope you enjoy!