This past summer when I did a weekend trip to NYC, I had the pleasure of discovering Juice Generation. They make fresh juice (duh), smoothies, and these glorious acai bowls that I’ve been obsessed with ever since I had one. It’s not just delicious; I swear you can feel it nourishing your body as you swallow it. It’s cold, refreshing, invigorating—I mean I don’t even know how to put into words how much I fucking loved eating this thing. (Pardon my French, sometimes it’s just really necessary to drop an F bomb to get your point across, ya know?)
However, it’s not all rainbows and puppies. No no no. Juice Generation has the audacity to only be located in New York City. The nerve! Having an acai bowl on a trip then not being able to eat it every day of my life is as frustrating as when someone tells you they have a secret then doesn’t tell you the freaking secret. THEN WHY DID YOU TELL ME YOU HAD A SECRET IN THE FIRST PLACE?! WHY, JUICE GENERATION, WHY?! I even tweeted at them asking them to open a Boston location, but got no reply.
So it was time to take matters into my own hands. They list the ingredients in their acai bowls, so I decided to just make my own. And it was incredibly easy. Of course, I can’t be sure that my proportions are the same as Juice Generation’s, but my homemade version of their Amazing Green Acai Bowl tasted just as delicious, so I’d say I came pretty darn close to nailing it.
Kale & Spinach Acai Blend with Hemp Seed Granola
- 1 Sambazon Unsweetened Pure Acai Berry Smoothie Pack (you can find these in the frozen fruit section of Whole Foods)
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1 cup packed spinach
- 1 cup packed kale
- ¼ cup hemp granola (I used Whole Foods’ Hemp Plus Granola)
- ½ tbsp hemp seeds
- Run the acai berry pack under the sink for a few seconds. I then hit it against the counter to break it up into chunks before cutting it open and dumping into a blender.
- Blend acai, spinach, kale, almond milk, hemp seed and half of the banana.
- Pour into a bowl and mix with the granola. Cut up the remaining half of the banana into small slices and mix into the bowl as well.
As part of the ongoing effort to improve this blog, I’m going to start including nutritional information or each of my recipes. With all the food allergies and diet plans out there, I figure it’ll come in handy.
–Calories from Fat: 102
Total Fat: 10 g
–Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 111.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 47 g
–Dietary Fiber: 8.9 g
–Sugars: 19 g
Protein: 8.5 g