How to Make the Perfect Smoothie Bowl

By March 2, 2017Eat, Nutrition, Recipes

Did someone say smoothie bowl?

I admit it, I am in love with the delicious and nutritious acai bowl trend.  Tasty and delicious, I could eat them for every meal, but these bowls are often pricey and hard to come by

While my favorite local smoothie joint makes a bowl that’s hard to beat, making the drive to pay over $10 for something that I’ve learned to make myself is not ideal for any college student.

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I have experimented with different fruits, liquids, and toppings, and I think I may have perfected the art of making the most aesthetically pleasing and delicious homemade smoothie bowl. 

The key ingredients are acai and pitaya.

Acai is my absolute favorite, but pitaya is definitely a close second. The key to making these smoothies into acai bowls is using frozen acai packs — they are truly life changing! Thick and creamy, these packs allow me to throw on my toppings, grab my spoon, and dig in. The Sambazon acai packs are my favorite, but Trader Joe’s now sells an exact dupe! 

Full of antioxidants, omega-3’s, and many other nutrients, acai is a fruit your body will thank you for. 

Pitaya is another nutrient powerhouse that is packed full of fiber, magnesium, and riboflavin. A fruit that can make for a terrific tropical twist, it can be found in the frozen fruit aisle

When preparing your frozen fruit to be blended, here are a few tips to follow:

1. First and most importantly, you’ll need a good blender. 

I am in a serious relationship with my NutriBlender– I really love it that much. They’re speedy, affordable, and fit perfectly in any college dorm or apartment! #winning

2. Choose your liquid of choice and find the balance.

No one wants a runny smoothie and no one wants a clumpy smoothie. About 1/2 cup to 1 cup of liquid will ensure a perfectly blended smoothie.

Unfortunately, there is no perfect recipe or measurement to making a smoothie bowl thick, but there are a few tips to help you perfect yours. Use roughly 1/2 cup to 1 cup of liquid when blending your frozen fruit to ensure your smoothie bowl is smooth and blended. I prefer almond milk for my acai bowls and coconut water for my pitaya bowls. 

For your smoothie bowls feel free to add other fresh and frozen fruit including berries, mango, pineapple, and any greens you like.  I know greens can seem intimidating, but don’t be afraid to add a handful of kale or spinach to your mixer — it’s an easy way to incorporate micronutrients into your diet and you won’t taste it…I promise!

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You can also add your favorite protein powder, powdered peanut butter (PB2), or cocoa powder to amp up the protein level. 

3. Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen.

 

The more smoothie bowls I made, the better I became at making them perfect.  Here are my two go-to recipes:

Acai Bowl:

  • 1 acai pack
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • handful of mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon of PB2 or cacoa powder (or even better, both!)
  • 1/2 c to 1 cup of almond milk

Pitaya Bowl:

  • handful of pitaya/dragon fruit cubes
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • handful of spinach/kale
  • 1 cup of coconut water

I usually don’t measure anything exactly, but these are my favorite ingredient mixtures. My favorite part, however, is adding all of my favorite toppings to complete my bowl — fresh fruit, nut butter, a drizzle of honey, chia seeds, coconut flakes, and granola are just a few of my favorite ways to spice up my smoothie bowls.

You now have all the tools to blend a perfect smoothie bowl, so go ahead, make your very own, and enjoy!

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Author Natasha Samuel

Natasha is student at the University of South Florida, Go Bulls! She has a passion for writing, social media, and design as a second year Mass Communications student. She’s the ultimate beach bum, health food junkie, and fitness guru.

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