Summertime has got me on a smoothie bowl kick, lately. Berries are in season, and there’s nothing like spooning into that creamy, fruity thickness. During a time of year where hydration is essential, smoothie bowls are a wonderful way to stay hydrated, while filling up on fiber and essential nutrients.
Typically, acai bowls are most popular. An antioxidant-powerhouse, acai berries are very similar to grapes, their flesh and skin containing many vitamins and nutrients. When you have the opportunity to purchase the berries, DO IT! It’s a wonderful snack, with so many healing properties.
As far as smoothie bowls go, the most common frozen acai packs are Sambazon brand (found in many grocery stores). These are a wonderful, convenient way to make smoothie bowls, however, they come with a few, personal caveats: SUGAR and SOY. Be sure to check the label and make sure no added sugar is in these smoothie packs. Sambazon does sell an added sugar-free acai pack, but those contain soy lecithin, which is an emulsifier, or lubricant (and sometimes called “antioxidant-protector”). For me, as a woman who is always-focused on hormone health, soy is something to steer clear of (aside from small doses of fermented soy).
Dragon fruit (also called (pitaya”) is said to have a taste similar to a kiwi or a pear. Personally, I think it’s damn close to acai, and the perfect headliner in a smoothie bowl! Dragon fruit has high amounts of fiber and magnesium, and a very low calorie (as well as sugar) count. It’s filled with essential antioxidants, and is very healing for the liver. PitayaPlus carries convenient, frozen smoothie packs, to easily create your own smoothie, or smoothie bowl. An added-bonus (and why it’s my favorite): DRAGON FRUIT IS THE ONLY INGREDIENT! No added sugar or soy!
smoothie bowl essentials
What creates the perfect smoothie bowl? Well, the beauty here is that it’s up to you! I find having a good frozen to non-frozen ratio is important, for creating thickness, but not too much thickness (haha, clear as mud, right?!) I love added nothing but fruit: banana, blueberries and strawberries.
Aside from the actual smoothie bowl ingredients, toppings are probably just as (if not more) exciting! I love to add a combination of nut butters, nuts, seeds, cacao and sweetness. Ryan and I love the grain-free granola from Truce, and this week, I tried to recreate it, based on their ingredients. Not exactly the same, but good enough!
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
1 pack, frozen PitayaPlus pack (found at Whole Foods or Target)
1 chilled banana (I leave in freezer for 30 minutes)
1/2 cup frozen, organic blueberries
1/2 cup frozen, organic strawberries
Blend pitaya, banana, blueberries and strawberries, until thick.
Pour into bowl, and smooth out.
Scoop and enjoy! I like to blend all of my ingredients together, so it’s a delicious mess. What about you?!
As someone who is currently, especially focused on her gut, digestion is essential. Cccording to Ayurveda, it’s important to keep the digestive “fire” hot (which smoothie bowls can dampen, especially in the morning). Because of this, I always make sure to sip a warm cup of tea, while indulging on a smoothie bowl. I find it helps me feel a little less-bloated, and is easier on my system.
If you’re especially interested in following Ayurveda, it’s recommended that Vata’s, especially, consume fruit alone, and nothing else an hour before or after (to help with digestion). I’ve tried this before, and honestly DID feel better. I find that in the smoothie bowl-situation, a cup of warm tea is better than nothing!
What are you favorite smoothie bowl ingredients?! Now that summer is here, it’s fun to think of all of the options! Even hitting up a farmer’s market, and finding fresh fruit, and freezing it, would be an excellent option!