Best Acai Bowls in Boston

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

I did it. The ultimate guide to the best acai bowls in Boston. I tried every single option in the city (that I’m aware of), often eating them for both breakfast and lunch to get this article finished before summer ends. Yes, blood sugar levels were sacrificed for the sake of Pulitzer-worthy investigative journalism. It’s a tough job, but dammit someone’s gotta do it.

Acai bowls are absolutely delicious, the most refreshing breakfast (or dessert) on a warm summer day, and oh-so-easy on the eyes. They also can be high in sugar and calories from the banana(s), berries, granola and nut butter. I personally don’t care because it’s coming from nutritionally dense foods, but just wanted to throw it out there that I’m certainly not eating these every single day now that this piece of groundbreaking journalistic gold is complete. 😉

If you live in Boston or are visiting for the weekend, stop into one of the following juice bars for an acai bowl.

Best Acai Bowls in Boston: A Local’s Guide

I did my best to list these in order of preference with my most highly recommended first—it’s hard to pick favorites though! It’s more of a general spectrum than a hard and fast ranking. Really the only place I wouldn’t recommend is Juice Press. Other than that, they’re all good—it just depends on what type of bowl you’re looking for and if organic ingredients are important to you. I’ll include all that information in this guide, and you’ll notice I list organic places towards the top of the list for the most part.

As far as price goes, there isn’t much of a difference between the following spots. If you’re looking for an acai bowl in Boston, be prepared to spend about $10-12. The one exception to that is B. Good which only charges $5 (smaller serving size).

Pressed

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Beacon Hill—120 Charles Street
South End—643 Tremont Street
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So it’s a little confusing but there’s a Pressed and then a Pressed Juicery in Boston. Pressed Juicery is a national chain and while delicious, doesn’t offer acai bowls so we’re not talking about them in this post. The acai bowl at Pressed is a blend of acai, maqui berry, cacao, almond butter, ripe berries and banana and house-made granola. It’s definitely in my top three of favorites. Their menu is mostly locally sourced and organic, and the acai bowl is a big, filling serving (definitely a meal, not a snack). The acai blend makes for the bulk of the bowl and there’s the perfect amount of granola and fresh fruit on top to make for a satisfying meal while still giving you the refreshing satisfaction of a smoothie. All around just a damn good bowl.

The Juicery

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.North End—66 Cross Street
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The acai bowl at the Juicery is incredible. When I teach in the North End, I ALWAYS stop by to order one. The Classic Acai Bowl is made with an acai and frozen banana blend, fresh banana on top, peanut butter, granola, coconut, cacao and almond milk. As far as serving size goes, it’s on the larger side so I always feel satisfied after eating one—it’s definitely a meal, not a snack. The Juicery uses all organic ingredients when possible. This bowl is on the sweeter side and they top it with a good amount of peanut butter (hmmm wonder why I love it so much?? lol) so sometimes I’ll even eat it as a dinner+dessert on hot summer evenings. If you’re looking for a bowl that’s less dessert-y, this might not be the one for you but otherwise seriously can’t recommend it highly enough.

Revolution Juice

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Back Bay—150 Huntington Ave
@revolutionjuice // menu

Revolution Juice cares deeply about providing only organic and non-GMO foods. They have a large menu of smoothies, juices, bowls and some ready-made foods. Their acai bowl is a blend of acai, banana and date and then you get to pick four toppings. I usually go with granola, fresh fruit, coconut and hemp seeds, as shown above. It’s a big bowl (you definitely get an entire smoothie’s worth of the acai blend), and I just love their commitment to quality produce.

Cocobeet

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Government Center—100 City Hall Plaza
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Cocobeet’s large menu is organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, non-HPP and locally sourced. Phew that’s a mouthful. Their acai bowl is a blend of strawberries, maqui berries, banana, acai and more topped with homemade granola, coconut and blueberries. It’s delicious! Sometimes I do ask them to put less granola on it though because the ratios are a bit off and the last few bites end up being just spoonfuls of ‘nola.

In addition to their acai bowl they have some other smoothie bowls (I think I like their pitaya bowl better than the acai bowl actually) and some delicious refrigerated raw foods. I love their sandwiches, quinoa bites, truffle balls—so many good things going on at Cocobeet and I love their commitment to high-quality ingredients.

Thirst Juice Co.

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Downtown Crossing—44 School Street
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Thirst offers up four different delicious acai bowls. I’m a big fan of their Peanut Butter Acai Bowl (the prettiest deep purple color going) and Coconut Acai Bowl. Sometimes I’ll also order their superfood bites and then crumble them up on top of the bowl (#ProTip). The only reason I didn’t put Thirst higher up on this list is that sometimes they’re closed on random days, especially on the weekend. I’ll walk all the way over there to find the lights off which is a bummer. Recently they’ve also been out of certain ingredients when I go to order one of their bowls. I’m not sure if the produce Thirst uses is organic or not. They don’t advertise it as organic on their site or storefront so I’m guessing it’s not? Their menu is vegan and gluten-free and their juice are raw.

The Juice Box

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

Southie—359 West Broadway
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Man has Southie come a long way since I lived there! Workout studios, delicious dining options, A JUICE BAR?! The closest thing we had back when I was there were the salads at Shenanigans, which are surprisingly delicious for being served at a bar named Shenanigans. But I digress …

The Juice Box has three different acai bowl options in addition to several pitaya bowls (think acai but bright pink). Pictured above is the Good Morning Bowl which is delicious, but basically the same as a smoothie. I’d recommend one of their other ones topped with granola so you get that satisfying crunch.

This has nothing to do with the quality of their acai bowls, but I have to mention that they use those environmentally-friendly wooden spoons which is very responsible, but the feeling of them in my mouth is like the physical manifestation of nails on a chalkboard.

Kwench

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

Downtown Crossing—230 Congress St
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I would never know about Kwench if it wasn’t for Joe because the Financial District is like a confusing maze of tall buildings and suits that I try my best to avoid. I always feel like a very unproductive member of society when I walk through there on weekdays wearing bright purple spandex and a muscle tank, but I persevered to maintain the journalistic integrity of this blog post.

Kwench sources local and organic ingredients for their menu and serves up a delicious acai bowl. They have a few different options but I went with the South Station because it contains peanut butter and duh. It was delicious, filling, and a great acai blend-to-toppings ratio.

Mother Juice

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Back Bay—291 Newbury Street
North End—Boston Public Market
Kendall Square—625 West Kendall
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Mother Juice has a large menu of juices, smoothies, breakfast bowls and organic, plant-based food (although their location in Boston Public Market has a limited menu). Their acai bowl is a blend of acai berries, almond milk, banana and blueberries topped with almond butter, granola, fresh fruit and coconut flakes. It’s delicious but I always feel like it’s more a fruit bowl or granola parfait than a smoothie bowl. They top it with a ton of fruit (often even more than pictured above) and then a layer of granola and then the acai blend at the bottom, so there’s a lot of chewing involved. Not a bad thing! I really like their bowl but if you’re looking for more of a smoothie consistency to refresh you on a hot summer day, this one might not hit the spot.

I haven’t been to their Kendall Square location, but the one on Newbury is super cute (very Instagrammable). They have seating indoors and outdoors so Mother Juice would be a great option if you’re looking to sit down with friends and leisurely enjoy your breakfast rather than just doing a grab ‘n go.

Jugos

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

Back Bay—145 Dartmouth St
West End (summer pop-up)—The Clubs at Charles River Park
@jugosboston // menu

Jugos has an extensive menu of juice, smoothies, acai bowls, pitaya bowls, chia seed pudding and other plant-based foods. I’ve honestly never been disappointed with an order and think everything on the menu is delicious. The only bummer about Jugos is that they don’t use organic produce (I do, however, think the frozen acai they use is organic). Since their prices are just about the same as the other nearby juice spots that do use organic produce, I don’t frequently go to Jugos.

That being said, is a non-organic smoothie going to kill you? No. If you’re visiting Boston and Jugos is the most convenient to where you’re staying, check it out—their bowls are delicious! Just be prepared to be a little overwhelmed during peak times because the space is tiny (just enough room for a line of customers to pass through). My go-to orders are the Kai or the Los Verdes without goji berries (throws off the texture for me).

Squeeze Juice Company

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

Financial District—53 State Street
Seaport (in Everybody Fights)—15 Channel Center Street
Back Bay (in Healthworks)—441 Stuart Street
@drinksqueeze / menu

Squeeze has a few locations, two of which are attached to gyms (EBF and Healthworks) and one of which is in the lobby of a building downtown. So if you’re visiting Boston and strolling around, they’re not exactly a destination I’d suggest or that you’d stumble upon while strolling down the street. They do have a few delicious acai bowls though! If you want something outside the traditional acai bowl, I’d suggest their Avocado Bowl. It has more of a citrus taste than others and the avocado is a fun, filling topping. I don’t believe they use organic produce because it’s not advertised, but I could be wrong!

B. Good

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

Lots of locations—see website
@b.goodofficial / menu

For years I’ve loved B. Good for lunch and dinner (their seasonal salads and grain bowls are delicious!). Recently they’ve made a push to offer breakfast as well and among the options is an acai bowl. I’m not 100% sure if all their locations are offering this, but the one on Summer St definitely is.

If you want a light breakfast or more of a snack than a meal, B Good’s bowls would be a good choice. Unlike most of the other places, which give you a full smoothie’s worth of acai blend with the toppings, B Good’s serving size is more along the lines of a yogurt. They have two options—the one pictured above and then one with peanut butter, which I haven’t tried but sounds delicious.

Juice Press

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Back Bay—500 Boylston St
Seaport—109 Seaport Blvd
Equinox Franklin St + Dartmouth St
@juicepress // menu

Juice Press has some good smoothies and I love their kelp pesto noodles but I would definitely NOT recommend their acai bowls. Honestly, I’ve always thought Juice Press was overrated (and according to responses I got to an Instagram story about this, a lot of you guys seem to agree!). I do love that it’s all organic, but I’ve given the acai bowls many chances and have always been disappointed—most of the time I don’t even finish them which says a lot seeing as I typically could eat smoothie bowls three meals a day, seven days a week.

The granola tastes burnt (and they put way too much on) and half the time it’s not blended all the way so the texture is icy and chunky. They’re pretty bland, which I guess is good if you need to watch your sugar intake, but if you’re looking for a refreshing summer treat, this is not going to cut it. The almond butter one is a little better than the plain one but it’s still blah. If you do find yourself at Juice Press, I’d recommend customizing your own—don’t go off the menu, and don’t get the granola.

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Phew. I really poured my heart and soul into this post, guys. I don’t know why seeing as no one could possibly care this much about acai bowls, but at least I can now write off a month’s worth of breakfasts as business expenses. #worthit

P.S. Fellow Bostonians, if I missed a place that serves up acai bowls, do me a favor and seriously just don’t even tell me. I’m exhausted.

Healthy Martha’s Vineyard Guide: Where to Workout & Eat This Summer

Healthy Martha's Vineyard Guide: Where to Workout & EatI talk about the Vineyard in passing all the time on the blog, but haven’t ever done a dedicated post with recommendations. This is way overdue! For anyone new to the blog, I grew up on Martha’s Vineyard. And to clarify, I didn’t grow up summering there—my family lives there, I went to high school there, lived there year-round, I’m from Martha’s Vineyard. There’s a big difference. 😉

For anyone who may be planning to spend a weekend or week on the island this summer, I thought it’d be fun to put together all my recommendations for where to workout and grab healthy food. Of course you’ll need to balance out all this health stuff with plenty of ice cream and Dirty Bananas at Nancy’s (it’s vacation, after all), but we can save that for another post.

My healthy Martha’s Vineyard guide:

Where to Workout on Martha’s Vineyard

Yoga

Healthy Guide to Martha's Vineyard: Where to Workout & Eat

what, you don’t practice yoga in gladiator sandals? 😉

I’ve taken two yoga classes on the Vineyard so far this summer and really enjoyed both. The first was a hot vinyasa class at One Hot Yoga in Vineyard Haven and the other was a regular vinyasa at Yoga on the Vine in Edgartown (<– this studio also offers Stand Up Paddle board yoga at the beach!).

While I haven’t done it myself, I’ve heard talk of a goat yoga class in Chilmark in which baby goats run around frolicking as you practice and apparently it sells out weeks in advance. My mission for summer 2017/life is to do this.

There are several other yoga studios on the island and the website Martha’s Vineyard Yoga Classes actually aggregates them all so that you can see what’s offered that day across all studios. My friends love the Yoga Barn in West Tisbury (doesn’t the space look beautiful?!) but I haven’t been personally.

Group Fitness

Outside of gyms (Mansion House, YMCA) which offer group classes, there aren’t a ton of options for fitness studios on the island—that I’m aware of anyway. Evolve in Edgartown offers Pilates mat, reformer and tower classes, as well as barre, TRX, Pound and indoor cycling. I’ve only taken their indoor cycling class but loved it. I was so impressed by the studio—just as nice if not nicer than a studio you’d find in the city! There’s also a CrossFit in Vineyard Haven and this website aggregates all the fitness classes offered on the island so I’d check there for any I might be missing.

I want to focus this post on local businesses but I should mention that this summer SoulCycle is doing a pop-up in Edgartown for the month of August.

Running

My favorite place to run in the summer is along State Beach early enough in the morning to avoid the beating sun. There’s a bike path along Beach Road the entire length of beach and you can finish your run by jumping into the ocean for a dip (the BEST after a hot summer run!).

If you’re worried about getting lost, there are convenient bike paths along the major roads down island (Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, County Road, the half of Barnes Road by the airport).

If you’re looking to run through the woods, there are trails throughout the Southern Woodlands and around the airport in the State Forest (<– these paths are also paved). There are wooded options up island as well (we used to run loops around Peaked Hill for cross country practice in high school) but they’re harder to find and not as convenient as down island.

Where to Get Healthy Food on Martha’s Vineyard

Grab ‘n Go Food

Veggie wrap from Edgartown Meat & Fish Market on Martha's Vineyard.

veggie wrap from Edgartown Meat & Fish

My mom and I are obsessed with Not Your Sugar Mamas in Vineyard Haven. You might recognize the name from their line of chocolate bars, but they also have a little cafe now that serves up organic, vegan, gluten-free deliciousness. For breakfast they have smoothies, oatmeal and smoothie bowls (you know I’m all about that acai bowl life!). For lunch they have sandwiches (the chickpea salad sandwich is OMG), grain bowls, soups and flatbreads. I’d recommend budgeting a little time if you go there—the line can be long and they prepare everything to order so there’s usually a wait.

Another great spot if you’re looking for a massive menu of organic smoothies, smoothie bowls and juice is Blissed Out on Main Street in VH.

Rosewater in Edgartown has a great menu of sandwiches (all of which can be made in bowl form instead) and an array of prepared foods. They have a small seating area so you can choose to dine in (you still order at the counter) as well as take things to go. In their refrigerated section they have a delicious chia seed pudding with granola that I’ll grab for a quick breakfast.

If you’re vacationing on the island without a car, this one might be a little out of the way, but Scottish Bakehouse in VH has local eggs and meat, lots of prepared foods and yummy sandwiches and lunch dishes to order. They also have some great vegan options and, as the name implies, plenty of baked goods (not exactly “health” foods but good for the soul!).

*As a side note, I’m pretty sure Scottish Bakehouse breakfast sandwiches saved my life a few hungover mornings in my early 20’s. 😉 And speaking of breakfast sandwiches, does anyone reading this remember Biga?! Best breakfast sandwiches of all time. We’d skip school during study hall in high school to go get them. RIP Biga.

I’ve only been a couple times, but 7a Foods in West Tisbury is another great option. When possible, everything is sourced locally and the menu varies with the seasons accordingly. Think sandwiches made to order, prepared foods and baked goods.

My go-to stop for picking up lunch on the way to South Beach is Edgartown Meat & Fish. Not only can you buy beer, ice and snacks for your cooler, but their wraps are the bomb.com. I always get the veggie wrap (pictured above).

If you’re looking for sushi to go, they have a chef at Edgartown Meat & Fish and I’d also highly recommend The Net Result in VH.

Sit-Down Meals

Indonesian Gado Gado Salad from Little House, MVThere are so many good restaurants on the Vineyard and you can find something (or several somethings) healthy on the menu at most, so I don’t really know how to narrow down this last section. I’m just going to share a few of my favorite spots that serve up quality food and tell you what I usually order.

For breakfast I love Among the Flowers in Edgartown. It has traditional diner menu items (eggs, home fries, etc.) but better quality. It’s not all bathed in grease and the eggs don’t look like they were poured from a box. You can get fresh avocado on the side, which is a small details but what can I say—I’m basic and this is major bonus in my eyes. In addition to your standard breakfast options, they have this delicious breakfast bowl of veggies, lentils, avocado and fried eggs that I love (but I usually order it without the greens because I find they make it a little runny). Great lunch and dinner menu here, too!

As I mentioned above, Rosewater (also in Edgartown) has good breakfast sandwiches and a delicious breakfast bowl option. You order at the counter but there’s seating available as well.

For lunch I love Slice of Life in Oak Bluffs. Their salads are the bomb.com and big enough to fill you up. My go-to is usually the Asian Salmon Salad. Other than that, I’m usually a grab-n-go-to-the-beach girl when it comes to lunch (see above for options).

For dinner, I don’t even know where to start—so many options. I go to Little House in Vineyard Haven with my parents frequently. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner but I’ve only been for dinner (the Indonesian Gado Gado Salad is my jam). State Road in West Tisbury and Beach Road in VH are awesome. I haven’t been yet, but I hear rave reviews about Behind the Book Store in Edgartown. If you’re heading way up island and want something a little fancier, Outermost Inn.

Did I miss anything? Add your healthy Vineyard recommendations in the comments! I haven’t lived on the island for a decade now (yikes I’m getting old) so my knowledge of new businesses is limited to summer visits. I’m sure I missed a few gems!

 

Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Weekend

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Before we get to Palm Springs, a Stitch Fix update! I ended up keeping the white blouse with the black lace on the back. Then completely regretting it and wishing I’d kept the off-the-shoulder blue dress haha. Oh well. Thank you all for your feedback! It was fun reading what everyone had to say. 🙂

OK, on to Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Weekend

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This past weekend was an absolute blast! If you or any of your friends are considering doing a weekend in Palm Springs for a bachelorette or girls’ trip, I’d definitely recommend it. I thought it was the perfect mix of relaxation and partying. The town is a picturesque oasis surrounded by mountains with a laid-back vacation vibe. Because we were there the weekend after Coachella and Stagecoach, it was particularly quiet–I’d imagine it’s a little rowdier during the festivals.

We stayed in a house we found on Airbnb and it was PERFECT (this is the listing if you’re interested in booking). In fact I think it was designed and decorated specifically with bachelorette parties in mind. It had three bedrooms plus a pullout couch and air mattress; newly updated kitchen; open living and dining areas; and a big outdoor space including covered patio, pool and grilling area. And THE DECOR. It is painfully millennial of me to describe a home as “Instagram-worthy” but … seriously the entire house was like a blogger’s dream come true (minus the luggage strewn everywhere which I probably should have moved before snapping pics).

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I love Airbnb because it typically ends up being cheaper than a hotel. I think we each only paid $130 for the entire weekend–not bad at all! As a side note, if you have never used Airbnb, you can get $20 off your first booking with THIS LINK (it’s a referral link, so I’d get a credit, too FYI).

I flew into LA on Thursday, spent the day exploring Santa Monica and Venice, and the night hanging out with a friend of mine from the Vineyard. On Friday I met up with the bachelorette and another friend to drive out to Palm Springs. Have you guys heard of Turo? I hadn’t, but it’s like Airbnb for cars and ended up being significantly cheaper than traditional car rental services. Along the drive, we made the necessary Cabazon Dinosaurs pitstop to snag a pic. 🙂 cabazon-dinosaurs

We were HANGRY when we arrived in Palm Springs, so after quickly dropping our bags off at the house, we headed out for a late lunch. We opted for Mexican food at El Mirasol at Los Arboles Hotel. As happens 120% of the time I go out for Mexican food on the brink of starvation, I ended up eating so much of the free chips & salsa with guac that I was too full to even order an entree. #FAIL. But the spinach enchiladas some of the other girls ordered looked delicious.

After eating we did a grocery run to stock the house with snacks and alcohol and then headed to our place to hang out by the pool. It was the first time all my college friends have been in the same place at the same time since graduation (we all live in different cities) and it was so amazing to be together! IMG_2127

Friday night was intentionally low-key (the ability to drink two nights in a row has steadily declined since the age of 25 haha), but we did venture to the Ace Hotel for a couple beers and music. The Ace has a reputation as being super trendy and cool so we were a little surprised at how quiet the scene was for a Friday, but we still had fun.

We spent all day Saturday hanging out by our pool. Flash tattoos were applied, flower crowns were assembled, rosé was sipped and Beyonce was played on repeat. Basically it was like a slumber party for twenty-somethings and it was amazing. palm-springs-flower-crowns flower-crown palm-springs-bachelorette

That evening was the big night out. We had dinner reservations at Workshop (highly recommend!) and went with a prix fixe menu because of our large group size. The atmosphere, food and cocktails were all on point. After that we went dancing at The Copa Room followed by gambling at a nearby casino which was a random last-minute decision. I typically hate gambling, but for some reason I felt compelled to try my hand at Blackjack and won $100! Holler!

Sunday morning … well, let’s just say I’ve definitely felt better haha. We made breakfast and hung at the house for a while and then it was time to drive back to LA. We made one final stop in Palm Springs for sushi at Gyoro Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise. They have a big outdoor seating area and the poke bowl was delicious, but the service was awful. Just a heads up if you’re planning on heading there! IMG_2472

I had a redeye flight home to Boston that got me in around 5:45 AM yesterday. I’m still feeling a little jet-lagged, but after an awesome boxing class this morning I think I’m starting to come back to life.

Have you been to Palm Springs? What are some of your favorite spots there?

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