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Healthy Homemade Açaí Superfood Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Rikki Teeters

Smoothie Bowls are all the rage in 2017. For good reason too, since they can be extremely healthy and delicious. You might have seen Instagram posts of beautiful bright smoothie bowls made by local Juiceries. Did you know that you can make your own healthy smoothie bowls at home? There are endless possibilities for DIY healthy smoothie bowls. Our very favorite type of bowls are Açaí (ah-sigh-EE) because of their taste and health benefits.

As always at Ohio Explored we strive to support local with all of our daily purchases. To create our Homemade Açaí Superfood Smoothie Bowls, we make sure to buy all of our ingredients from local markets. Jungle Jim's International Market is an amazing Ohio-owned market in Cincinnati where we can easily find all of our ingredients. They offer a lot of Ohio Made Ingredients as well as healthy exotic foods like Açaí puree which can be difficult or impossible to find a basic super markets.


Açaí berries are widely known as a superfood because they are helpful for a variety of health issues, including arthritis, weight loss, high cholesterol, skin appearance, detoxification and general health. The Açaí berry is a fruit harvested from Açaí trees, which are native to the rain forests of South America. Açaí berries contain antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats.

Healthy Homemade Açaí Superfood Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Note: You can buy fresh or frozen fruit for this recipe depending on your preference of smoothie texture. For thicker texture, use frozen fruits. For more liquefied texture (our favorite) use fresh fruits + frozen Açaí puree). Always use fresh fruits for toppings.

To make this delicious smoothie bowl, you will need to buy the following ingredients.

Ingredients for the Smoothie Bowl:

  • 2 Packets Unsweetened Açaí Puree (The Sambazon packs at Jungle Jim's come with 4 Packets)
  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Strawberries
  • 1/2 Sliced Banana
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Water

Healthy Toppings:

  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Strawberries
  • 1/2 Sliced Banana
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded or Sliced Coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon Goji Berries
  • 1/4 Cup Ohio Made Granola
  • Drizzle of Ohio Made Honey


  1. Wash and dry fresh fruits.
  2. Remove Açaí puree from freezer. Run under water for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Break up the puree with your hands while it is still in the packets before opening.
  4. Use clean scissors to cut open the Açaí puree packets and empty them into a blender (we use a NutriBullet blender).
  5. Add all ingredients for smoothie bow into blender.
  6. Blend long enough to dissolve all ingredients. Be careful not to blend too long or it will become pure liquid.
  7. Add Healthy Toppings & Enjoy.

20 Ohio Made Products You Can Find At Jungle Jim's International Market

Rikki Teeters

Jungle Jim's International Markets are known for their amazing selection of foods from around the world. But did you know that they also have an enormous local selection of Ohio Made Products? That is no surprise to those who know the Jungle Jim's story because the founder of Jungle Jim's is an Ohioan! People come from all over the world to visit this amazing Ohio Market. We are lucky enough to call Jungle Jim's our weekly grocery store. At Ohio Explored, we make an effort to make all of our purchases from locally owned companies. Jungle Jim's makes it easy for us by offering so many awesome Ohio Made products and by being Ohio-owned. Shopping at Jungle Jim's is a win/win for Ohioans wanting to support local.

Here is our list of 20 Ohio Made Products You Can Find At Jungle Jim's! These are some of our favorites but there are many more Ohio Made brands & products to try at Jungle Jim's. There are thousands of Ohio Made items throughout the store. Let us know your favorites on Instagram!

20. Granola - The Toasted Oat Bakehouse - Made in Columbus, Ohio

19. Chips - OH! Chips - Made in Columbus, Ohio

18. Salsa - A Bit Of A Bite Salsa - Made in Miamisburg, Ohio

17. Spices - Aimee's Blue Ribbon Spices - Made in Granville, Ohio

16. Pasta Sauce - The Organic Farm At Bear Creek - Made in Felicity, Ohio

15. Herbal Tea - The Herbal Sage - Made in Pomeroy, Ohio

14. Free Range Eggs - The Dale Filbrun Family - Made in West Alexandria, Ohio

13. Milk - Hartzler Family Dairy - Made in Wooster, Ohio

12. Kombucha - Fab Ferments - Made in Cincinnati, Ohio

11. Kimchee - The Pickled Pig - Made in Cincinnati, Ohio

10. Gluten Free Treats - Tina's Sweet Treats - Made in Franklin, Ohio

9. Pure Honey - Don Popp's Honey Farm - Made in Hamilton, Ohio

8. Pure Maple Syrup - Bissell Maple Farm - Made in Rock Creek, Ohio

7. Fresh Bread - Blue Oven Bakery - Made in Cincinnati, Ohio


6. Craft Beer - Rhinegeist - Made in Cincinnati, Ohio


5. Ice Cream - Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - Made in Columbus, Ohio

4. Wine - Meranda-Nixon Winery - Made in Ripley, Ohio

3. Cheese - Heini's - Made in Millersburg, Ohio

2. Butter - Troyer - Made in Millersburg, Ohio

1. Produce - Grown by many local farms in Ohio (some within miles from Jungle Jim's)


These products were found at Jungle Jim's Eastgate location. Most products can be found at both the Eastgate and Fairfield locations.

Findlay Market in Cincinnati

Rikki Teeters

One of our favorite places in Cincinnati is the Findlay Market. Located in Over-the-Rhine, Findlay Market is full of diverse culture. Here we can find fresh produce, handmade pastas & breads, exotic spices, and local & international foods all in one location.

Findlay Market Ohio
Findlay Market Ohio
Findlay Market Ohio
Findlay Market Ohio

Our 5 Favorite Merchants at Findlay Market

1. Bouchard's Pasta

2. Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices

3. J. E. Gibbs Cheese

4. Em's Sourdough Bread

5. Mt. Kofinas Olive Oils

You can learn more about Findlay Market and their local merchants at!

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