Smoothie bowls first became popular a couple of years ago as a way to make a thicker smoothie you could eat with a bowl and spoon. They soon became popular for breakfast, even becoming a major trend on Instagram and other social media accounts because of their enticing appearance.
The original smoothie bowl began as a way to use acai packs and fruit. Here are some things to know about the classic acai bowl.
About Acai Packs
Smoothie bowls were originally called acai bowls since they relied on acai packs. Acai berries come from South America and parts of Central America, where the acai palm trees grow. These berries are usually only found fresh in these areas, so when you want to use them in the U.S., they are typically in the form of acai puree.
These come most often in packs of puree that you can use for various recipes. A popular way to use the packs is to thicken up and sweeten a smoothie, which is thick enough to turn it into a smoothie bowl you can eat with a spoon. The acai berries have lots of nutrients as well, including omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, amino acids, and lots of vitamins and minerals. TIP: I recommend always looking for organic unsweeted acai packs. Be in charge of the amount of sweetness you add, and the form it comes in, for example...white sugar vs agave nectar.
The Original Basic Acai Bowl Recipe
The traditional acai bowls started with an acai pack, I recommend ones that are unsweetened and organic so that you can control exactly how sweet you want your smoothie bowl to be. The classic bowls often included a frozen banana, fruit like strawberries and blueberries, some chia seeds to put on top, shredded coconut on top, and occasionally a little agave in order to sweeten up the smoothie bowl.
New Variations on the Classic
Over time, smoothie bowls have changed and moved from just being acai bowls to being another way to make delicious and nutritious smoothies.
Some smoothie bases still use acai packs, but many of them now use other fruits, vegetables, yogurt and milk, nuts, seeds, and lots of other ingredients. There are many different variations of smoothie bowls, from using tropical fruit and yogurt to going with a dessert bowl that has chocolate and peanut butter.
Some do more of a traditional smoothie with bananas and strawberries, while others are using lots of goji berries and chia seeds along with the acai berries.
As you can see, there are many varieties, whether you start with the classic acai bowl recipe or not.
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