Cupcakes and Sunshine: March 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

acai what ya did there: DIY smoothie bowls!


It's Thursday! Which means one more day until the weekend!!


...and I couldn't be more excited. This has felt like the longest week! And I can't really tell you why. But I can tell you that I've been making lots of smoothie bowls lately. And I've started going back to the real gym (aka not doing five-minute youtube workouts from home. which are short and sweet, but if you have a gym pass you should use it! oops!) And walking at the lake lots. So things have been pretty healthy over here!



I purchased a new food processor a couple of weeks ago because I used my last one so much that it burned out on me. oops! Since the new purchase, I've been making all the smoothie bowls. All day, every day! Crossing my fingers this food processor lasts longer than the other one though.

But with smoothie bowls like these, a long-lasting blender is wishful thinking!


The best part of smoothie bowls is that they are SO easy. And packed with vitamins and nutrients and protein and healthy fats and there really isn't a more colorful way to start...


...or end your day!


If you were to head to a juice shop or a place that makes bowls, these would be around $12-$14. Which is CRAZY because you can make your own acai and smoothie bowls for days with $12-$14!!


All you need is....

1 1/2 cups of your favorite frozen fruits,

nut butter,

and lots and lots of toppings.

(& you probably also need "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars playing because it's a good smoothie-making song and his new music video is everything)

I usually like to add a protein or spinach boost (just toss in a handful) for extra nutrients and it will keep you full through lunch!

My favorite protein powder company ever sent me these fun things to try out:


and I've added these mini-drinkable packets to my smoothie bowls too!! So yum.
And Vega Protein itself is the best too.


(disclaimer: This post wasn't sponsored by Vega, I just love Vega a lot. however they did send me the drinkable packets to try!) 


These are my current favorite smoothie bowl recipes:

Acai Chocolate Cherry Berry Smoothie Bowl: 
-1 Acai packet (I get these at Trader Joe's- best place to get them!) 
-1/2 frozen banana
-1/2 cup of frozen cherries
-1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I get Vega at Target)
-1/2- 3/4 cup coconut water (any juice, milk, or water would work here though!)

*Blend all the above in food processor or blender and top with banana slices, blueberries, shredded coconut, and a swirl of honey

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl 
-1 cup of frozen strawberries
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 cup of Greek yogurt (extra protein! hooray!)
-1/2 cup of coconut milk or apple juice
-optional couple handful of spinach. This will make your smoothie not-so-pretty, but nothing wrong with extra greens!

*Blend all the above in food processor or blender and top with shredded coconut, sliced fruit, and granola.

Mango Coconut Smoothie Bowl
-1 cup of frozen mango chunks
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 cup of apple juice
-spoonful of Greek yogurt

*Blend all the above in food processor or blender and top with toasted coconut chips, banana, and favorite nut butter. (I used cashew butter from TJ's!)



Happy almost weekend, friends!

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