Cooking Level: Beginner
Low Calorie Acai Bowl Base
(Featuring Kale and Flax Seed Meal)
Acai, the hype with you is real, especially in NYC! Acai is sometimes referred to as a superfood that packs antioxidants. Sure, you can get an abundant amount simply by consuming berries and other fruits and vegetables. I use acai for its tart flavor and it gives me an excuse to make a beautiful smoothie bowl. I noticed that getting a bowl outside of home usually packs well over 400 calories just for the base, so I created my own healthier version. I want to save those calories for toppings! I also add greens to my bowl (no you don't taste it) and add protein for a complete meal.
Let’s begin this eye candy bowl that is so:
Acai: I like the powder form which is pure acai. Blended versions usually have extra hidden ingredients such as sugar. Powder form is just a dehydrated and ground berry.
Banana: Since we are not using acai puree in this recipe, banana must be frozen for consistency. Always keep pre-cut and frozen bananas in the fridge. They are great for snacking too.
Berries: I get the frozen berry mix from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. This also helps in thickness and smoothness.
Kale: I like to have a whole bag of kale frozen however fresh will do in this case. Kale can be completely avoided, but I do not recommend it.
Protein: I use Garden of Life Chocolate Protein + Greens. It really makes this smoothie bowl taste like chocolate pudding. You can use protein of your choice here, but I cannot guarantee that it will be vegan or taste great since many protein powders like to use a tad too much sweetener.
Recipe makes: 1 serving
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen berries
1 cup frozen kale
1 tsp acai powder
3/4 scoop Garden of Life Chocolate Protein Powder
2 tsp ground flax meal
1 cup unsweetened dairy free milk
3-5 ice cubes
Optional: 1 tsp wheat grass powder
Optional: 1 tsp spirulina powder
1. Throw in ingredients into a high speed blender in this order: kale, banana, berries, flax meal, acai powder, protein powder, optional powders, ice cubes, dairy free milk.
2. Blend until mixture is smooth and there is no sight of kale. For thicker smoothie add more ice.
3. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.
Calories per serving:
Acai bowl base: 300 kcal