From the age of 16 through 20 I worked at smoothie businesses. One might think this is where my love of 'healthy living' developed...But when a pizza place next door starts exchanging you breadsticks for smoothie, well...
Also, did you know the majority of smoothie chains make their smoothies with sugary juice and frozen yogurt ice cream? It makes them taste oh so delicious! But it also kind of cancels out the fact that drinking a smoothie is a healthier option.
Does that mean pizza bread sticks could have been a healthier choice?!
I'd like to think so.
Hands down one of my ALL TIME favorite smoothies are Acai bowls, which are becoming quite popular.
(Let it be known that I totally like Acai Bowls before they were cool.)
But unlike so many others, I won't toss my beloved smoothie bowls to the curb when it gets popular. I won't think of it any different even though it has become quite the media whore.
No. I will love them forever. Why? Because when Acai Bowls are tomorrows news and another health craze becomes the star...I'll still be there. Just like I was for Kale.
One smoothie place I worked for used apple juice and strawberry juice with acai ice cream.
Another used almond milk, vanilla ice cream, and acai smoothie packs.
With the knowledge I have and for the love of all things healthy, I came up with is what I think the BEST Acai Bowl ever.
But seriously, what makes them so popular? Besides the looks, it's a great way to make a meal out of a smoothie. You can add fruit, crunchy granola, and a drizzle of funny and eat it all up with a spoon!
It's mad I tell you, MAD. But once you do it, you won't be able to stop thinking about it. Then before you know it, you will dream about it, and then well...
Then you will make an acai bowl i guess.
Or you will drive to the nearest juice bar and have them make it for you because most likely they will know you by name and exactly what you want. So in order to avoid that embarrassment you will have to make it at home sometimes.
The BEST Acai Bowl
- 1 acai smoothie packs, I found mine at Costco
- Handful of frozen strawberries and blueberries
- 1 frozen banana
- a little bit of non dairy milk-I used cashew or almond
- (opt. a little bit of apple juice)
- 1 TB. agave
- handful of ice
- chopped fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries, sliced bananas, and a drizzle of honey
- Add all smoothie ingredients into a blender and add a splash or two of liquid (milk and apple juice.) The less milk, the creamier.
- Blend until creamy.
- Add toppings to smoothie and dig in with a spoon!
Would I trade this acai bowl for a box full of breadsticks now a days? I mean...No, but I love bread sticks so...halfsies?