It’s no secret to anyone who knows me, or passes me in a grocery store or bakery, that I have a gigantic sweet tooth. I never used to be this way until I got pregnant (thanks a lot, Chad). My pregnancy cravings consisted of Combos, and anything sweet. All. The. Time. I thought maybe that would go away with the birth of my son, but if anything, it has gotten worse. I literally want cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, donuts, and candy all day every day #treatyoself style. That’s why this low calorie acai bowl recipe is a true lifesaver when my sweet tooth starts rearing its ugly head.
Smoothie bowls are super popular, but you have to be somewhat aware of how you’re making them. Adding TOO MANY toppings can result in a high calorie, high sugar treat that’s really no different than having a bowl of your favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. But, when you focus on adding healthy ingredients to your smoothie bowl, they can be a great, healthy addition to your flexible dieting lifestyle.
You may have seen this recipe before on my Instagram page or my coaching group because I make it a LOT, but if not, no worries because I’m sharing it with you below! Since the weather is warming up and ice cream is on the brain, this is a good alternative. Enjoy!
Low Calorie Acai Bowl RecipePrint
Fruity, healthy, and refreshing acai bowl. This makes the perfect breakfast, dessert, or post-workout snack!
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Sambazon unsweetened acai frozen pack
- 1 tbsp nut butter or 2 tbsp pb2
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- Ice to blend (I never measure)
- 1/8 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup strawberries
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup granola
- Blend above ingredients together until you reach a desired consistency. For a more creamy texture, add your banana into the blend vs using as a topping
- Blend all ingredients (except banana if you saved it out, berries, and granola) until smooth. The toppings can be mixed and matched every time you make this! Other options that are great include chia seeds, coconut shavings, raspberries, blackberries, cacao nibs, and nuts!
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 441
- Fat: 18.5g
- Carbohydrates: 34.8g
- Protein: 38.7g
Keywords: Acai Bowl, Fruit, Smoothie
Benefits of Acai
If you haven’t tried acai, you might be wondering why they’re so dang good, and so good for us. Medical News Today lists out multiple health benefits that introducing acai into your daily diet can have. These include things:
- Improved cognitive function
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Decreased risk of certain cancers
- Anti-inflammatory properties
If you love sweets like me, be sure to also check out my Banana Split Smoothie! Happy, healthy snacking!
Natasha Funderburk is a wife, #boymom, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Consultant, and ACE-Behavior Change Specialist. When not watching her son play baseball, she can be found on various writing platforms, coaching her clients to live their best lives, drinking all the coffee, and conducting living-room dance parties.