Don’t you hate it when you mean to order the blue spirulina and you accidentally get the green one?
Alright, so that’s probably just me. I could think of a whole list of other scenarios that would only happen to me because I’m the strange food blogger girl. For example, sometimes I get the funniest looks when I’m checking out at the grocery store for my random purchases. I mean, I’m sure we all have our moments of needing to buy something unusual along with our weekly grocery run but for me it’s just about every time and way more than once a week.
I also have earned some puzzled glances when shopping in places that you wouldn’t typically see a young girl alone. Like the other day when I was carrying a stack of large boards to the self-checkout at home depot after circling the store with them looking for some other miscellaneous items I needed. By the way, I’m thinking of doing a post about what I’m doing with those boards. Would you be interested?
Anyway, that spirulina I mentioned is one of the reasons I’m sharing this recipe today. You see, I wanted to make a stunning, aqua blue, insta-worthy, smoothie or smoothie bowl with this ingredient I thought I’d bought until I opened it and realized it was the wrong one. Super sad, I know, but don’t worry because I’m still planning to carry out that plan if I can manage to order the right thing next time.
For today though, you’ll have to settle for a reddish, greenish one. Did I plan for a vibrant blue one? Yes, yes I did. Did I move onto plan be and attempt to make a deep green one instead only to decide it looked too much like baby poo? Yes, yes I did. Did I consider selling you guys on the the baby poo smoothie bowl anyway, with the argument being that it tasted way better than it looked? Yep, did that too. Did I come to my food styling senses and realize it was a no-go? Been there got the t-shirt. Yeah, so hopefully this one has a little more appetizing appearance. I usually wouldn’t have a problem with photographing green foods, in fact they’re one of my favorites, but this color was truly awful you guys. Plus, I’ve learned from experience that it’s much better to quit while your ahead in these type of things.
So I scratched it and made a smoothie bowl with acai berries to help get a much better color and some tropical fruits to add that refreshing flavor I was originally going for. I still through in all the really good-for-you things because health, but who says feeding your body with nutrients has to be ugly?
I always enjoy sharing smoothies and smoothie bowls because they are so easy and you can completely switch things up and make them you’re own. The fruits I chose to put on top of this one were solely based on what I love and what I had but pretty much any fruit you want can go on it. Except tomatoes. Yeah, definitely don’t put tomatoes cuz that would be weird. 😉
Who says smoothies are boring? These bowls are so full of color & goodness and there's endless possibilities for toppings!
- 1/2 cup walnuts (other nuts such as cashews can be subbed)
- 2 (100g packs) frozen acai berry puree (*see note)
- 1 small/medium (ripe) avocado, pitted
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder (**see note also)
- 1 teaspoon ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 mango, peeled + seed removed
- 1 cup fresh pineapple
- 1 cup 100% fruit juice of choice, like orange
- 1 medium lime, juiced
- sliced fruit or berries
- nuts + seeds
- shredded coconut
- honey/maple syrup
- Combine the ingredients for the smoothie in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into bowls and top with anything you'd like. Enjoy!
*You can purchase frozen acai berry at most local health food stores and some grocery stores. I used the packets from Trader Joe's however it's also available onlineavailable online **If you want to include spirulina it's also available at health food stores or available online