Some days it can be super challenging for me to fit greens into my diet. I'll usually eat a really big salad for lunch so that I can knock out all of my raw veggies for the day in one clean sweep. I feel great when I finish my salad bowl, but this definitely isn't something that I can eat every single day - it gets tedious and boring.
So, for the days when I'm giving myself a break from salad, and I still want to get a serving or 2 of raw veggies, I created a recipe for a delicious and nutritious Green Acai bowl.
This acai bowl isn't actually green in color (it's purple), but it's packed with 3 1/2 cups of spinach and kale, along with oats, cashew yogurt, and fruit to keep you feeling full and satisfied for a few hours. There isn't too much fruit in this recipe, so you don't need to worry about a sugar rush or an overly sweet flavor. The sweetness level and berry flavors are just right so that they mask any veggie flavors that the spinach and kale provide. This bowl doesn't taste green at all and it will make you totally re-think adding greens to your acai bowls!
The oats in this recipe make the acai bowl very filling and they also provide a really nice texture! For me, texture in food is SO important, and the oats here really provide some nice texture differentiation. Of course you can always add granola, fruit, or nut-butters for toppings, anything will be delicious and an extra crunch can be a really nice touch!
If you want an On-The-Go acai smoothie, you can add extra almond milk to thin out the texture so that it's drinkable. I do this sometimes and I love it!
You might notice that this is a pretty large recipe, making about 5 cups. Together my husband and I usually finish the jars within a day or two, but feel free to half or quarter the recipe if you won't be able to eat it this quickly.
Yields about 5 cups
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 cup cashew yogurt
- 2 cups spinach, tightly packed
- 1 1/2 cups curly kale, tightly packed
- 2 packets of frozen acai berry puree
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 3/4 cup whole strawberries
- 1 cup mango chunks (1 banana can replace the mango)
- 3/4 cup whole rolled oats
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
Place the almond milk, cashew yogurt, spinach, and kale in a blender and blend on high for ~ 1 minute, or until all of the greens are well macerated. Add the acai puree, fruit, oats, and cinnamon to the blender and blend on high for 2 minutes, or until all of the ingredients are well blended. You can add more almond milk if you prefer a thinner consistency.
You can top it with cereal or granola for some added crunch, or enjoy it simply by itself as a bowl or a smoothie!!