I have a friend that won’t drink smoothies because they have “too many calories and high in sugar”. Ok. But then she tells me about this new place that has these unbelievable açaí bowls.

Time out.

These trendy (and delicious) bowls are basically a smoothie with toppings! Depending on the size, there can more than one serving for the average person and those toppings are sometimes more of what’s already blended in the bowl! So if there’s a couple heaping tablespoons of nut butter in the bowls and walnuts on top….

So what do you do when you just HAVE to have that bowl? Well, start by finding out what’s in it. AND HOW MUCH. The ingredients are usually healthy but you can still over consume healthy! Especially if this is a supposed to be snack!

I’ve found that many juice and smoothie bars don’t have their nutritional info readily available but they’ll tell you about how much of what is in there. Usually. So then it’s on you to know your proper serving size of fruits, nuts, seeds, etc…

Don’t want to be the annoying person asking a million questions before you order? (That’s totally me by the way). Then make your own! The one pictured here is about 360 calories.  Yes there’s sugar from the fruit but this bowl packs a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and protein. And it’s totally customizable to meet your caloric and nutritional needs!

TROPICAL GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWL

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 small frozen banana

  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple

  • 1/4 cup frozen mango

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

  • 1 tsp spirulina

  • 1/2 serving vanilla protein powder

(If you like it thicker or need extra carbs, add 1/4 cup of whole grain oats)

Optional toppings:

  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 3 or 4 sliced strawberries