Have you ever tried an acai bowl? If you live or have traveled to either coast, chances are you have. Here is the midwest, acai bowls are harder to come by! So why not make your own!
Acai is a type of berry grown in Brazil. It's known for it's antioxidant properties. In fact, when analyzed, acai berries have the highest antioxidant capacity of any food to date. Recent studies have shown it's immune boosting, cancer fighting, and anti-inflammatory effects! It's important to buy frozen, unsweetened acai berries. These are usually blended and packed in individual pouches. Supplements are poorly regulated and fresh berries have a very short shelf life so you won't find them in the states!
The flavor of an acai berry is similar to a blackberry or raspberry, with some chocolate notes in the aftertaste! Acai bowls are a refreshingly cold breakfast and are as filling as they are nutritious. You can top them with just about anything too! :)
Check out the recipe below for some inspiration!
Easy Acai Breakfast Bowl
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Blend Time: 2-3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
*In the KC area, you can find frozen, unsweetened acai them at Natural Grocers and Whole Foods!
**Make sure you start with 1/4 cup non-dairy milk and work your way up if needed. You want your bowl to be thick and creamy, not watered down!
***The tamper tool comes with most high speed blenders and is a must for getting thick and creamy smoothies, bowls, and sauces to come together without scraping the inside of the blender every few seconds!
Serving Size: 1/2 recipe Total Calories: 290 Total Fat: 10 g
Sodium: 57 mg Potassium: 390 mg Total Carbohydrate: 45 g
Fiber: 10 g Sugar: 20 g Protein: 7 g
Vitamin A: 26% Vitamin C: 29% Calcium: 13% Iron: 12% (Percent Daily Value)