DIY Acaì Bowl

Don't look under the fruit!

Have you seen those REALLY pretty acaì bowls and pitaya bowls? Oh my goodness.  If you haven’t, look here and here.

Ok… how AWESOME do those look? Gorgeous? Yummy? YES! So OF COURSE I wanted to make my own. I was inspired. I was ready. I was hungry.

I knew I had ALMOST all of the makings in my fridge and pantry.
Berries? Check.
Bananas? Check.
Berries? Check.
Almonds? Check.

I just needed pitaya (dragon fruit) or acaì berries. Hmmm…. I knew I had seen pitaya at the grocery. Heck, I even bought it not long ago, and brought it home for the family to try. We loved it! So back to the store we went. And they were…. out. BUMMER!!!

So I figured I’d just make a bowl without the pitaya. ONWARD!! I wanted some frozen pineapple to throw in the bowl, to give it a icy/smoothie consistency – without ice. And as I was walking down the frozen food aisle, I spotted this:

Acaì Berry

Ahhh!! Can you hear the trumpets?? The heavens rejoicing?? It might not be pitaya, but it is acaì! Another trendy little superfood that’s showing up in smoothie bowls all over the place. Score!! And it’s in frozen, pureed smoothie packs!! Double score!! I took this little bag home with a skip in my step.

Once we got home, I gathered all of my ingredients:

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I even grabbed a packet of Greenberry Shakeology to throw in there. I love it in my fruit smoothies, so I knew it would be good in my smoothie bowl. I ended up taking my 21 Day Fix containers and measuring out my fruits (ok, I used 3 purples instead of my allotted 2). And then threw the pineapple, Greenberry Shakeology and Acaì packet into the blender. And I blended. And blended. And blended.

Word to the wise: let the acaì packet warm up a bit before you blend. Once I got everything blended together, I was faced with….. this:

Acaì bowl? or sludge?

Ewwwww. Seriously?? It looked like SLUDGE. Not pretty and purple. It looked brown. I blame the Greenberry Shakeology packet. It is GREEN. So you have green + yellow pineapple + purple acaì = ew.

But I soldiered on!! I got my berries, banana and almonds and it looked much better:

DIY Acaì Bowl

And it tasted delish. I’m not kidding. I will be making this again this weekend. But I might try it with Vanilla Shakeology instead 😉

So that was my first smoothie bowl experience. Have you ever had one? If you have – share your experience below!! It was a little different – like sorbet with fruit mixed in. It was a fun way to switch up my breakfast, and adding the Shakeology in there fortified it with a lot more vitamins & nutrients.

 

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