Smoothie bowls have only been in my life since I had my first acai bowl in Hawaii last year. What a breakfast-changing discovery that was! Since then, my freezer has been consistently stocked with a variety of fruit and my pantry is always full of potential crunchy toppings. You don’t need a recipe to make a smoothie bowl. They are endlessly cusotomizable both in terms of the base and the toppings. However, ever since I started making smoothie bowls, I have discovered that some are superior to others. There are even sometimes smoothie bowl flops. That being said, a couple of weeks ago I discovered a combination that I thought was especially delicious. It had the perfect proportions of equal parts strawberries and banana and a little extra mango for a super refreshing, delicious breakfast bowl.
As I mentioned in my last post, we just came back from Hawaii. One of the things I definitely wanted to try while we were there was an acai bowl. On the last day, we went out of our way to go to a place that sold them and we both got a heaping bowl filled with a delicious base of acai and banana, topped with fresh fruit, granola and coconut. It was just what I wanted. My boyfriend hadn’t really known what it was and was totally won over by it. He even said he wanted to start eating it for breakfast, which was a big statement from someone who religiously eats cereal every single day. It felt wholesome, was filling and was full of different textures. I guess that’s enough to win anyone over.
I find it amazing how entrenched we can become in some of our habits and how, at the same time, we can create new ones if we are forced to. What made me come to this deep, philosophical realization? Cereal. I think I have eaten cereal for breakfast pretty much every morning of my entire life. Of course, weekends bring about variety like eggs or french toast but during the week it was always cereal. I pretty much binge on one brand for a while and then cut it out completely, moving onto the next one. Lately, my go-to has been all bran with some sort of fruit, mostly bananas. Every morning, I wake up and almost sub-consciously I reach for the cereal box. I couldn’t imagine eating anything else. Even when I discovered the best green smoothie ever, I still couldn’t integrate it into my breakfast rotation.