If you live in the South Bay, you may have seen the Mahalo Bowl food truck dishing out acai (say it with me, “ah-sigh-ee”) bowls in your ‘hood. Lucky for us, the superfood super fans behind the Mahalo Bowl truck decided to open a storefront in downtown Mountain View a few months ago. We stopped by to check it out and let you know what you should bring the kids by for some good-for-you bowls of deliciousness.
Bowls, Bowls, Everywhere
The main focus of the the Mahalo Bowl menu is the bowl (duh). Bowls have two parts—the blend and the topping. When selecting your bowl, you can choose from bowls that use acai for the blend or pitaya. Acai is a purple berry grown in the Brazilian Amazon that’s known to contain antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. Pitaya is more commonly known as the dragon fruit (pink variety used here).
After you have selected between acai and pitaya, the Mahalo Bowl menu has tons of options. Check out what you’d like to have added to your blend and your topping. The Ono Pitaya is a great kid choice as it contains lots of kid-approved ingredients. The blend is organic pitaya, coconut milk, pineapple juice, strawberries, banana and mango. It is topped with organic granola, banana, strawberries, blueberries, coconut shavings and a very fragrant honey. Everything is customizable so if your shortie doesn’t like coconut shavings, leave it off.
The Ingredients Are Everything
No corn syrup. No added sugar. Dairy free. No cheap acai sorbets. Fresh organic fruits. All of these things describe the Mahalo Bowl offerings. The blend has a consistency of pudding but is cool and refreshing, perfect after a warm day at the park. There are three sizes offered: small, regular and large. The middle size, regular, is definitely a shareable size and will run you around $7.
Drink Your Acai
Mahalo Bowl offers smoothies as an option for those looking for an on-the-go treat (also a good option if you’d prefer to hide the healthy stuff from the kids—don’t worry, we won’t tell). Choose from options that contain acai, pitaya and those without. The Lava smoothie is a great kid option as it contains organic pitaya, guava juice, mango and strawberry (and is a fun bright pink color). Or try the North Shore, chock full of chocolate soy milk, almonds, banana, peanut butter and raspberries.
What will you order at Mahalo Bowl? Let us know in the comments!
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