I’ve been seeing acai bowls popping up in my Instagram feed for a while now. Despite a lot of pretty photos, I wasn’t sure a smoothie in a bowl—because really, that’s what it is—deserved all the hype. But after finding myself in a major breakfast rut, leading to a bad habit of just making iced coffee and grabbing a piece of toast to start my day, I knew something had to change. So I gave in and decided to try the trend for myself. Making an acai bowl couldn’t be easier: Blend an acai smoothie pack with your favorite frozen fruit, banana, and a splash of liquid. Then top with hemp seeds, chia seeds, fruit, granola, coconut flakes — whatever you like. I love that this breakfast is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to fuel your day. Plus it’s sweet, crunchy, filling, and just plain fun to eat. We’ve always been big smoothie makers at home, but the simple change of putting the smoothie into a bowl and eating it with a spoon? Well, I guess that’s what all the hype is about.
1 acai smoothie pack (I used Simply Balanced, found in the freezer section at Target)
1 frozen banana
1 big handful of frozen strawberries
1/3 cup of vanilla yogurt (I used Siggi’s Icelandic-style)
A splash of orange juice
A tablespoon of chia seeds
Sliced bananas, blueberries, raspberries
Unsweetened coconut flakes
1. Add the acai smoothie pack, banana, strawberries, yogurt, OJ, and chia seeds to a blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.
2. Spoon the smoothie mix into a bowl and top with the fruit, coconut flakes, and hemp seeds.