Pink Lemonade Smoothie Bowl

Every time we go out to eat, my little sister orders a lemonade. Every. Single. Time. No matter how many times I tell her that it's filled with refined sugar and various chemicals such as food coloring, she still never fails to order lemonade. And of course, she orders multiple refills when the lemonade's pink because everything is always better when it's pink.

In an effort to amuse her and prove to her that naturally sweet foods such as fruits can be just as satiating as all of that processed refined sugary crap, I've decided to create a pink lemonade smoothie bowl.

Believe it or not, while pink lemonade may be artificially colored, pink lemons actually exist in nature. In my opinion, they are slightly more mild in flavor than yellow lemons, but it takes a trained tongue to notice the subtle vicissitude in pungency. I used pink lemons for this dish because I find them to be more esthetically pleasing than yellow lemons. Therefore, if you can't find pink lemons feel free to use regular yellow lemons.

You can occasionally find pink lemons in Whole Foods Market. That's where I found mine. Pink lemons are yellow on the outside and have extremely faint green stripes running horizontally down their exterior. When added to water, they do add a slight pink hue, and can therefore be used to create natural pink lemonade.

People often overlook just how beneficial lemons are. Did you know that one cup of lemon juice actually contains more vitamin C than 1 cup of orange juice? Moreover, lemons provide the body with B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and vitamin E. Lemons promote good health by aiding in the prevention of asthma, stroke, and by fighting off free radicals. So, if you haven't already added lemons to your next shopping list, do so now, and use them to make my amazing pink lemonade smoothie bowl!

Ingredients:

1 package frozen acai (available in the frozen section of various stores)

2 frozen bananas

2 tbsp pomegranate powder (optional)

1/4 cup almond milk

Juice of 1/2 -1 whole lemon (pink or yellow) depending on how sour you like your lemonade

Hemp seeds (for topping)

Raw cocoa nibs (for topping)

Gogi berries (for topping)

Your fave granola (for topping)

1 passion fruit (optional, but works very well to balance out acidity of lemon)

Method:

Place all ingredients except for toppings in a food processor or high speed blender. Mix until thick smoothie consistency form (usually takes about 50 seconds). Pour into a bowl, and decorate as desired.

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