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Cherry & Lemon Acai Bowl

I have to admit, I looked in my fridge and threw this smoothie bowl concoction together on a whim! I didn’t know how it would turn out with the addition of the lemon juice. I love lemon and add lemon juice to the majority of my juices, however, I’m not sure why I wasn’t adding it to my smoothies. Well, I did, and I love how it turned out. There’s just a hint of that fresh, citrus taste and then with the sweet cherries and acai, this bowl has quickly become a favorite of mine and my hubs! He actually said, “who needs ice cream when you have that?!” It was so cute he said that and said it with such enthusiasm. That means a lot especially because he does love ice cream! With that kind of encouragement, I knew I had to share on the blog! 

I posted my Cherry & Fig Acai Bowl recipe last summer and included some great info on what acai actually is and why it’s beneficial. Here’s what I shared: Pronounced ah-sigh-ee, this berry is a powerful superfood, packed with antioxidants {10 times more antioxidants than red grapes}, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin A, B vitamins, omega fats, and electrolytes. These low-glycemic, dark purple berries look similar to blueberries.  You might be wondering why we don’t eat them as berries and instead consume them in a powder form. Acai berries grow on palm trees found in Central and South America, around the Amazon River regions. Once they are picked, they quickly start to lose their nutritional potency, therefore, they must be freeze-dried or frozen in order to maintain their exceptional nutritional profile and be available for us to enjoy. I love the Navitas 100% pure freeze-dried acai powder that is organic and non-gmo. This Cherry & Lemon Acai Bowl is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and healthy fats. It also provides plant-based protein from the hemp seeds. The ingredients can help boost your immune system and are anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. The natural melatonin found in cherries can also be beneficial to your sleep. It’s dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free. What I love too is that it can obviously be a wonderful, energy-boosting breakfast, but it can also replace ice cream;) and provide a much healthier dessert.

Acai bowl with granola photo

Cherry & Lemon Acai Bowl Recipe

  Servings: 1-2 {makes plenty if you want to share!}

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp acai powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp seed

Optional toppings:

Directions:

  1. Pour almond milk into high-powered blender.
  2. Add frozen banana and frozen cherries and blend well. You may need to use a tamper to help you blend as the smoothie will be thick due to frozen fruit.
  3. Add in the juice of ½ a lemon, acai powder and hemp seeds and blend well.
  4. Pour into your favorite bowl.
  5. Top with fresh raspberries, blueberries, granola and dark chocolate chips.  Note: You can add any fun toppings you’d like, such as coconut flakes, raw nuts, almond butter, bee pollen, and other fresh fruit.
Cherry and Lemon Acai Smoothie Bowl Photo Enjoy!!
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