January is the time where a lot of people make it their goal to eat healthy and to get fit. This can be a difficult process if you just jump right into it. Acai bowls are a yummy treat that is super popular here in California. I know a lot of places don’t carry acai packets in their grocery store, so I decided to create a “faux acai bowl”. This is definitely a cheaper alternative and can be made many different ways. I don’t usually eat breakfast (I know! Shame on me!) because I’m not big on breakfast food. But I love fruit and this is an easy way for me to get my fruit intake for the day and fuel my body.
handful of strawberries (or berries of choice)
1 Banana (half for the blend and other half for topping)
1/2 cup-1 cup of granola or crunchy cereal
1 cup almond milk
1 1/2 cups of ice (you can add more to your liking)
-Pretty much anything you like-
*All ingredients are based on personal taste and can be changed up with what is available to you
-About some of the ingredients that are less familiar-.
Chia seeds- These crunchy little seeds are a great way to add some fiber and protein to your diet. They are high in omega 3 fatty acids and give your food some extra crunch. Beware that if you leave them in liquid it will turn it into a jelly like consistency which could cause texture issues for people. The jelly it creates is also a good substitute for eggs in baking.
Bee Pollen- It is said that bee pollen gives you energy and is a good source of vitamins and minerals. I just had it in my fridge and I’m just trying to use it up in creative ways. It is pretty crunchy and to me it has a bitter after taste that might not appeal to everyone. WARNING!- if you are allergic to pollen or bees I would not suggest eating this for obvious reasons.
I have a Vitamix Blender which is a pretty powerful blender but for those of you who don’t have one, it is best to chop up your fruits into small pieces to help your blender process it better. I only used half of a banana for the berry blend and tried to save the other half for the toppings but I got hungry and ate the other half…oops.
Combine strawberries, bananas, almond milk, and ice in your blender. Blend until everything is combined and it has reached your desired consistency. I like mine a bit on the thicker side to mimic an acai bowl. TIP- freezing your fruit is a good way to ensure you get a thick blend.
Pour your blend into a bowl and assemble your toppings as you like. Serve and eat immediately. ENJOY!
-If you don’t have a blender you can always create a parfait and use yogurt instead of the berry blend.
-If you have left over berry blend then you can put it in a freezer bag and use it as a pre-made mix in your blender. Just add almond milk and the frozen mixture into your blender and blend away! This is good for people who meal prep for the week. Make your mix the night before and portion it out and freeze so its easy to make every morning.
Thank you again for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!!
* This post is dedicated to my younger cousin who loves strawberry banana smoothies and acai bowls 🙂