Lately, I’ve become slightly obsessed with Acai Bowls. Why? BECAUSE, THEY ROCK. It’s like having a pimped out parfait. I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but honestly, if you have never had yourself an acai bowl, get on it, ASAP. Let’s rewind a bit to when I used to (and still am from time to time) obsessed with parfaits. I love having myself a layered bowl of silky greek yogurt, mixed berries, banana, honey, crisp granola and some cinnamon. Now a greek parfait bowl is great, don’t get me wrong. But, now that I’ve been introduced to acai bowls on the reg, I’ve kinda become obsessed.
For those of you who are not familiar with what an Acai bowl is, let me help you out. As the Huffington Post put it a year or so back, “The Art of the Acai bowl” is pure magic. First let’s begin by covering what exactly acai is…
Acai actually comes from a particular palm tree that is grown in the Amazon rainforest regions. The tree creates small, purple berries known as the acai berries and where you get that beautiful purple swirl when blending your acai bowls. In Brazil, the natives found many healthy qualities to the acai and for that, has since been named a “superfruit”. The acai berry contains antioxidants, amino acids, and omega fatty acids that can help with aging by increasing immune and metabolic function and can help to clean out harmful free radicals in our body. Acai has also been shown boost the texture of your hair, skin and nails – hellloooo ladies!! Additionally, there is more protein in the acai berry packs than what is found in an egg! You can read more about the health benefits here.
Now that you are familiar with the healthy benefits, let’s get to the actual process of creating your own acai bowl. Acai can be found in a number of different forms. It can be found as a liquid puree, acai powder, or in small acai berry frozen packets. Make your way to the local GNC, health store, Whole Foods, or well stocked super market to find acai in one of those forms mentioned above.
Next, you’ll want to purchase all of your favorite toppings that you can think of! The more the merrier! Here are some of the typical toppings you will find:
Fruit Obviously (Strawberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Mango), Sliced Banana, Honey, Cinnamon, Shredded Coconut, Bee Pollen, Cinnamon, Gogi berries, Almonds, Pecans, Cashews, Homemade granola, Almond/Peanut Butter, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Cacao Nibs, and anything else you can imagine!
Now once you have your toppings set up, you’ll need to blend your acai. You want to assure that when you blend it, you’ll want to get it to a very thick, creamy texture. I suggest blending a whole frozen banana, a packet of your frozen acai (or whatever form you bought it in), just enough of some unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a dollop of almond butter, some honey and some ice. Blend well then serve and top right away so that it doesn’t melt on you! NOW be prepared to be BLOWN AWAY. Next time, try experimenting with other flavors like going for a tropical taste! Enjoy!