Strawberry Date Smoothie

Strawberry Date Smoothie - just four ingredients!Happy Labor Day! I hope you all are enjoying the long weekend.

This smoothie is made up of just four ingredients and is so delicious. If I have leftover dates (usually from making protein bars or some other snack recipe), I’ll put them in my smoothies as a natural sweetener. They’re especially handy if you’re using unsweetened acai in your smoothies, which can be a little blah without some fruit (or dates!) to compliment it. Strawberry Date Smoothie - just four ingredients!

Strawberry Date Smoothie

Yield: 1 glass

Strawberry Date Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 10 strawberries, stems removed
  • 5 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (I use unsweetened)
  • 1 pack frozen acai OR 1/2 cup of frozen berry of your choice (I use Sambazon acai smoothie packs)

Instructions

  1. Put the dates and coconut milk in a blender until fully combined.
  2. Add in the strawberries and acai (or frozen berry of choice) and continue to blend until smooth.
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Strawberry Date Smoothie - just four ingredients!

Have you ever tried putting dates in a smoothie?

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My Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl This Summer (Customizable Recipe)

My Current Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl (customizable recipe)First off, THANK YOU for all the comments on and shares of yesterday’s post. Any time I publish a more personal blog post, there’s always this oh sh*t moment of second-guessing as I send it out into the interwebs, so I really loved seeing so many of you relate to it in some way.

Anyway, onto a less serious topic, I’m on a serious acai bowl kick. (LOL how’s that for a transition?) Revolution Juice & Thirst Juice Co. both make a good one (hit them up if you’re in Boston!), but more often than not, I’ll just blend up my own at home. I used to always try to sneak some greens into my smoothie bowls, but lately I’ve had an insatiable craving for fruit, fruit and more fruit. Yes it’s a lot of sugar. No I don’t care. Sorry kale, but you’re not invited to this party.

When I make acai bowls, I usually just eyeball the ingredient ratios, so you’ll see the recipe below is really more of a loose framework—customize it however you’d like! My Current Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl (customizable recipe) 

My Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl

My Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 pack frozen acai (I usually buy Sambazon smoothie packs)
  • ½ frozen banana (any time a banana is about to go bad, I cut it into chunks and freeze it, so I always have these on hand)
  • Heaping ½ - ¾ cup fresh fruit (usually mixed berries, but depends on what I have on hand—pineapple is awesome or I’ll use fresh banana)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (any nut milk works, too) + more if it’s too thick
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (or any seed you like)
  • 1 tbsp protein powder (optional—I don’t always add this)
  • For topping:
  • ¼ cup granola
  • Handful berries
  • ½ banana, sliced

Instructions

  1. Put all the main ingredients in a blender until smooth. If too thick, just keep adding a little coconut milk until it reaches the desired consistency.
  2. Add your toppings.
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My Current Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl (customizable recipe)Oh man. I could seriously eat these breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already made that assumption… :)

Alright friends, I’m heading out of town for a long wedding weekend on Nantucket (woohoo!!). I’ll be back to bloggin’ on Monday!

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Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl with a Coconut Cashew Crunch

Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl with a Coconut Cashew Crunch Topping

One of the best parts of escaping to warmer climates during the brutal New England winters is all the mouth-wateringly fresh, in-season produce. You’re more likely to get struck by lightening than find a ripe avocado in a Boston grocery store right now, but when I was in Australia last month, all we ate was juicy, ripe fruits and fresh veggies. Take me back!

Even though the 10-foot-high snowdrifts stand as a brutal reminder that I am no longer Down Under, I’ve been on a bit of a smoothie kick ever since my trip. Smoothies are filling as-is, but sometimes I like to eat them with a spoon topped with granola, muesli, chopped fruit or other crunchy goodie to make them feel more like a meal. This smoothie bowl is super refreshing, especially on warm summer days…or for those of us who are in denial that it’s still winter.

blueberry-acai-smoothie-bowl-cashew-coconut-topping-2If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I eat dairy sparingly. The easiest dairy product to eliminate from a diet (in my opinion) is cow’s milk because there are so many delicious alternatives. When I got the chance to try out Silk Cashewmilk, I immediately thought to put it in a smoothie bowl because of the irresistible creaminess of cashews. blueberry-acai-smoothie-bowl-coconut-cashew-topping-4

Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl with a Coconut Cashew Crunch

Yield: 1 bowl

Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl with a Coconut Cashew Crunch

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup cashew milk (I used Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk)
  • 1 acai smoothie pack (you can find these in the freezer aisle of most grocery stores; I usually buy unsweetened Sambazon)
  • ½ cup blueberries, plus more for topping
  • 1 banana, half in the blender, half chopped for topping
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds (optional)
  • Small handful of roasted cashews, chopped
  • Sprinkle of shredded coconut (I used Dang Coconut Chips)

Instructions

  1. Put cashew milk, acai, blueberries, half the banana and flaxseeds in a blender until smooth. The mixture should be thick.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with sliced banana, blueberries, shredded coconut and cashew pieces.
  3. Grab a spoon and enjoy!

Notes

If you want more of a sweet taste, use sweetened cashew milk and/or sweetened acai. Because I used sweetened coconut chips, I didn’t want to overdo it on the sugar, but keep in mind that unsweetened acai can have a slightly bland taste if not countered with something fruity/sweet.

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I love the crunch of the cashews and shredded coconut on top, but if chewing isn’t your thing, slurp it up in traditional smoothie form! Just make sure to add more cashew milk so that it’s not as thick. You can also sub out the flaxseeds for chia seeds or any other boost—the best thing about smoothies is they’re so easily customizable.

Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl with a Coconut Cashew Crunch ToppingDisclosure: This post was sponsored by Silk through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about Silk, all opinions are my own.

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