Making a smoothie or acai bowl at home might sound like a daunting task, but I promise you can do it! All you need is a blender and some of your favorite frozen fruits!
I got A LOT of texts and questions about how I make my smoothie bowls after I posted about one this week on my Instagram story. So I thought I’d share my smoothie tips and recipe with you!
I do not have a breakfast routine, I like to switch up what I eat and have a pretty wide array of favorites that I make in the morning depending on what I’m feeling from oatmeal with fruit, breakfast tacos, eggs over easy, a waffle with peanut butter, etc. But smoothies and smoothie bowls are always my go-to if I need to eat on-the-go or if I’m feeling something fruity.
What is the difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl you ask? A smoothie is exactly what you’d think, with a consistency that allows you to easily sip it through a straw — while a smoothie bowl is thicker and sprinkled with toppings so you eat it with a spoon.
The beauty of each of these is that you can create any combination that you dream up!
These are the ingredients that I like to have on hand for mine:
- frozen banana (the BEST base for a smoothie), don’t let your ripe bananas go bad, break them up and stick them in the freezer for later!
- frozen greek yogurt — I like to spoon greek yogurt into ice cube trays and have them handy in the freezer
- frozen fruit, like blueberries and strawberries
- spinach and/or frozen cauliflower rice
- protein powder
- 2% milk — I use this as my liquid mixer but you could use coconut water, almond milk, etc.
I tend to combine all of that for my smoothies, maybe add a spoonful of peanut butter, top it off with milk and blend.
For my smoothie bowls, sometimes I just make the smoothie above, add less milk, top with granola, drizzle with honey and eat it right out of the cup from my Ninja blender☺️
(Tip: add little bits of milk at a time, blend and keep adding as you see fit. If you just add a bunch of milk off the top, then you might end up with a runnier consistency which is more conducive to drinking, rather than eating with a spoon. Think ice cream-like consistency for your smoothie bowls.)
I also like to make acai bowls. Acai is a superfood packed with antioxidants, fiber and a lot of amazing nutrients that they claim to give you anti-aging benefits and so much more (take away from that what you will.)
You can make this just as you would a smoothie bowl, but use frozen acai packets — that can be found at grocers like Trader Joe’s and Costco — as your base. You can simply stop there and blend or add in other fruit, yogurt, protein powder, etc.
Then top with fruit and granola of your choice!
Teryn’s Acai Bowl Recipe
- 1 frozen Acai puree packet
- 1 frozen greek yogurt cube
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 spoonful of peanut butter or 1 cup of vanilla protein powder
- 5 or so frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup or so of milk
- 1 fresh banana, sliced
- 2 strawberries, sliced
- granola with coconut flakes & chia seeds
Insert acai, yogurt, spinach, blueberries, peanut butter and milk into blender. Blend and add splashes of milk until you get the right consistency. If, while blending your ingredients are no longer mixing, stop the blender and add a splash of milk — as your ingredients are too thick. Continue until you get your desired consistency. (This may take a couple of tries to get the hang of it. Don’t give up!)
Once you are done blending, pour acai mix into bowl. Top with sliced banana, strawberry and granola. Drizzle with honey if desired. Enjoy!
What do you like to add to your smoothies? Share in the comments below!
Photo credit: What’s Gabby Cooking