If you've known me for more than a minute you know that I am a true blue ice cream addict. It is my weakness. It is my Achilles heel. It doesn't matter how full I am, if you ask me if I want some ice cream the answer is always going to be, "YES!" Naturally, this gets me into trouble because most the time in my life, I'd rather be eating ice cream than whatever it is I'm doing. And eating ice cream all the time is not helpful for my wellness goals.
It wasn't until I was introduced to Acai Bowls that I found a solution! You guys, these are so good that I'm not sure I'll even be able to fully put it into words. Just promise you'll try one, k? You've probably seen these on my instagram and every time I post a photo I get a ton of people asking for a recipe. Truth is, there really is not recipe, you just mix a bunch of yummy frozen fruit together with a little bit of liquid in the blender. You can throw whatever you like in there really. But, in case you are more of a rule-follower and you need a recipe, here's one to start with!
The cool thing about this is that if you have a really good blender, you can get them to the consistency of soft serve so it feels like you are eating a giant bowl of ice cream. But really you're eating a giant bowl of fruits and veggies. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what I call a WIN.
Here's how I make mine. You can, of course, vary these however you like but this is my go to recipe that I make almost every time! And as long as you keep out any dairy, peanut butter, and grains you've got a great paleo treat!
1 cup almond milk
2 green containers (aka 2 handfuls) of fresh baby spinach leaves
1 purple container (aka a handful) of frozen strawberries
1 purple container (aka a handful) of frozen mixed berries (blueberries, backberries, raspberries)
a few cherries for fun
1 packet vegan chocolate shakeology (optional but will make it taste chocolatey!)
1 packet of unsweetened frozen acai (I like Sambazon brand!) or 1 tsp acai powder
I have a Vitamix that I use and I have to use the tamper to push all the frozen berries down. You might have to stop blending and use a spoon to do the same to make sure yours gets fully blended. You want it to be the consistency of soft ice cream to really get the full effect of feeling like you're eating ice cream.
The amazing thing about this is that the frozen fruit makes it creamy. The berries, acai, and chocolate shakeology make it rich and decadent. You can top yours with whatever you like, or nothing at all! I have some freeze dried blueberries I love and some coconut flakes and chia seeds. I make mine into my lunch and goodness it is filling and delicious! If you try it, come tell me how you like it!