Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning.

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.

I’ve seen smoothie bowls appearing on various websites for awhile now, and have always given them the side-eye. They seemed gimmicky to me (why not just have a smoothie?), and I suppose that’s because I didn’t stop to think about what they actually are. Fast forward to this weekend, when I was flying cross-country from Seattle to Washington DC.

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.

It can be very difficult to find healthy (or reasonably healthy) meal options at the airport, especially ones that taste decent. I try to pack healthy snacks when I’m starting the journey from home, but that’s not always an option for the return trip. Either way, snacks are never enough for a full day of travel, and I have no interest in balancing a meal as I make my way through security. Unless you’ve never been to an airport, you know the drill.

On Saturday, I had a brief layover in Denver, just long enough to seek out potential dinner options. Limp pre-packaged salads and dry looking sandwiches stared at me from the kiosks. I walked by McDonalds and Sbarro Pizza. I ignored the Jamba Juice next to my gate because I didn’t want a smoothie for dinner. With time running out, I began resigning myself to a dry sandwich. I decided to look at Jamba Juice on the off chance they sold something aside from drinks. The smoothie bowls stared back at me, topped with granola and fruit. I went for an Acai Primo Bowl, because whatever, I needed to board my flight. I didn’t have high expectations, but honestly… it was a revelation.

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.

Simple, yet so much more filling than a regular smoothie because of the granola. While I’d rather enjoy a smoothie bowl for breakfast than for dinner, I was grateful to have a healthy meal for the long flight home. The older woman sitting next to me, (who reminded me of Zelda), wouldn’t stop leaning over to ask what I was eating. I’m fairly certain she was hoping I’d offer her a taste. Er… no.

In summary, smoothie bowls are basically cereal but you use a smoothie base instead of milk or yogurt to tie everything together. I like cereal. I like this. No more side-eye.

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.
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Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. Surprise your significant other with this delicious morning treat and get everyone's day off to a great start.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword berry smoothie bowl
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 578
Author Jennifer Farley

Ingredients

for the smoothie bowl

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (I recommend full fat or Greek)
  • 3 1/2 - 4 ounces acai juice or puree, see notes
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries or strawberries
  • 1 large banana, sliced

for the topping (all approximations)

  • 1 cup granola, either store-bought or homemade
  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries or strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon torn fresh mint leaves
  • a drizzle of honey

Instructions

  • In a blender, puree the yogurt, acai juice, blueberries, raspberries, and banana until smooth. Optionally, for a frothier smoothie bowl, freeze some of the fruit in advance.
  • Divide the smoothie into two bowls. Top each bowl with equal amounts of granola, banana, blueberries, raspberries, coconut, mint, and a drizzle of honey.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Acai juice/puree can often be found in the frozen section of grocery stores near the frozen fruit and juices.
For a frothier smoothie bowl, freeze some of the fruit in advance.

Nutrition

Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 1062mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 3.9% | Vitamin C: 50.5% | Calcium: 22.3% | Iron: 21.7%

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About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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