I never really got the whole acai bowl thing. Oh sure, I’ve seen them around for awhile now, but couldn’t figure out what was the big deal. Then in a moment of breakfast desperation while traveling, I finally tried a bowl at Virtjuice located in Arroyo Grande, a sleepy little town on the California central coast.
For the bowls ($8.95), you can have your choice of acai or pitaya (another thing I’ve yet to try). I got the Power Bowl with acai, banana, berry mix, almond butter, veggie protein and almond milk blended and topped with banana, superfood cereal mix, granola and strawberries. Ask to leave off the honey to make it vegan.
It tasted just like a thick smoothie, a really good smoothie that’s not overly sweet or tart but packed with anti-oxidants and other wholesome things. I sheepishly thought I could eat this every day for breakfast. Why, oh why, didn’t I try it sooner? And the people at Virtjuice are super nice too and family-owned. You can watch them make everything fresh right in front of you and ask them questions or just chat it up with them.
Besides the bowls, they also have a number of freshly made to order juices and smoothies. I feel so virtuous eating there and so happy to have a new, healthy breakfast option whenever I’m in town.