Acai Bowls - What is Acai?
Well, according to WebMD...
"The acai berry is an inch-long, reddish-purple fruit. It comes from the acai palm tree, which is native to Central and South America.
Some studies show that acai fruit pulp is even richer in antioxidants than cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries.
What are the health benefits of acai berries?
People eat acai berries to address various health conditions. But so far, acai berries have no known health benefit that’s different from similar fruits.
Can acai berries boost weight loss?
Some weight loss products tout acai, but few studies have tested whether acai promotes weight loss.
There’s no doubt that berries and other fruits are a key part of any healthy diet. The jury’s still out on whether there is something special about acai’s ability to help shed excess pounds."
These are so good! I know I say that about most things but seriously they are good. The great thing is that you can put whatever you want in them and top them too with whatever you like. Win Win in my book!
So, it's basically a smoothie in a bowl, I like to make mine slightly thicker so it's not too runny but it's really up to you how you like yours.
So this is just what works for me, but please change the ingredients to suit you. You can use all frozen fruit if you wish but I find sometimes it all gets a bit 'frozen' in the mixer if you add too much and then you end up adding more liquid - creating way way too much! ha ha
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen mango
cup of strawberries hulled
1/4 cup blueberries
handful of frozen berries
1/2 cup - 1 cup of almond milk or coconut water
1 tbsp nut butter
1 tbsp acai powder
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2 tbsp maca powder
Then topping of your choice - I like cacao nibs, goji berries, toasted coconut and bee pollen. You can also add granola too
Blitz everything together in a vitamix/smoothie maker/food processor and then decant into 2 separate bowls. Serve topped with your choice of toppings - yummy!
This has been so great recently as it's been so warm, such a lovely refreshing start to the day!