By Gurleen Boparai
Vancouverites are always at the forefront of healthy food trends, so it comes as no surprise that acai bowls have quickly grown in popularity. The delightful sorbet-like smoothie made using the South American acai berries is beloved for its energy boosting fruit.
The acai bowl gradually became the smoothie bowl as more ingredients like fruit and vegetables were blended in to create new flavours, as well as the addition of delicious toppings like house made granolas, fresh fruit, and nut butters.
Here are 10 places where you’ll find divine smoothie bowls in Vancouver.
The classic acai bowl has gotten a delicious makeover by Glory Juice Co, but still remain true to the classic as all of their bowls begin with the acai berry. The Sweet Tropical is a blend of mango, blueberries, banana and acai berries while the Creamy Nutty has some raspberries, banana, blueberries as well as almond mylk and glory nut butter. All of the acai bowls are finished with Glory Juice Co’s house-made granola.
If you are looking for variety, drop by Radicle Juice on Main street as they have six different acai bowls to choose from. With the focus being on the super food, all the bowls are a base acai berries blended with only a banana and coconut milk or coconut water (the Nutter Butter being the only exception). If one superfood is not enough for you, go with the Super Food Bowl which also has spirulina, granola, hemp seeds, chia seeds and goji berries.
Address: 3088 Main Street, Vancouver
With nearly over 20 different smoothies, North Van’s Buddha Full are experts at smoothies, so of course they have delicious acai bowls to choose from. Each of their three acai bowls are topped with fresh local fruit, bee pollen, goji berries and local honey. If you are wanting to get some of your daily servings of greens, try their Green Peace Acai bowl as it is a blend of acai, kale, spirulina and a banana. Check out their new second location, too!
Address: 106 West 1st Street #101, North Vancouver
Address: 102-2120 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver
4. Melu Juice
During the summer months, pop into Melu Juice to cool down with their delicious Acai Bowl, a blend of organic acai berries, raspberries and strawberries, finished with dried cranberries, sliced banana, maple granola, peanut butter, chia seeds and their house-made cacao sauce. The best part, you can enjoy your acai bowl at Melu Juice’s adorable storefront.
5. Olive + Ruby
10. The Juicery Co.
Leave it to one of Vancouver’s most popular juice shops to rock the smoothie bowl scene. The Juicery Co. serves up spoon-able delights like their Cacao-Banana Acai Bowl at their shops. Look for the bowl with the blend of frozen acai, raw cocoa, maca, almond mylk, frozen banana and topped with granola and fresh fruit.
With files from Lindsay William-Ross