The Vanguard Tries: Prowler Bowls

By: Kaytlin Thornton | Contributor

Photo courtesy of Shipley Zimlich

In the Rec Center, just past the front desk and through the double doors, there is a smoothie bar. Prowler Bowls is a little known spot on campus that has a little bit of something for everyone.

As a commuter student, I never really ventured into the Rec Center before. Typically, when I’m on campus, I am very “business only.” It was only when I was told about Prowler Bowls did I find an incentive that made me excited to make the trip. 

I walked inside and the two wonderful staff members at the front desk of the building directed me to the smoothie bar. I made my way through the doors, unsure of what to expect, but hopeful all the same.

This is when I met Desiree, an employee of Prowler Bowls. I watched as she zipped around behind the bar, making a smoothie for a girl who was waiting in line. I took the opportunity to look at the menu, which featured a variety of options of both smoothies and acai bowls. 

I quickly found trying to choose something to be a difficult task. Everything sounded so good. I also thought the names for each of the smoothies were super fun and fitting. Some of my favorites were the “South in Ya Mouth,” “The Mitch,” and “the Sun Belt.” Each one contained a unique blend of fruits, water or milk and sugar cane syrup for a bit of added sweetness.

I decided on one called the Azalea Trail that contained pineapple, mango, pitaya, almond milk, and cane sugar syrup. This is a combination that I thought sounded delicious, and it did not disappoint. The smoothie was a pretty yellow color, and it tasted like a tropical getaway. I was hooked from the very first sip.

Desiree informed me that the area of the Rec where the smoothie bar currently resides changed several times over the past 10 years. Prowler Bowls opened at the start of fall semester, offering only acai bowls. The smoothies were added to the menu at the start of spring semester, and she expects them to do really well. 

In addition to the regular smoothies and acai bowls, they also offer lots of protein options for people who like to work out in the Rec Center. 

I had never even been inside the Rec before, but my experience at Prowler Bowls makes me certain that I will be visiting far more frequently in the future. I am eager to try more items from the menu, especially the acai bowls. Each one contains three scoops of yogurt, banana and granola, along with two other toppings of your choice.

If you want to pick up a sweet treat, or if you need some protein before or after a workout, Prowler Bowls is open weekdays from 3-8 p.m.