Lately, I’ve started to notice more and more people raving about acai bowls. Juice bars are battling it out for the “best acai bowl in town,” Pinterest is bustling with recipe ideas, and somehow I’ve just been twiddling my thumbs, eating oatmeal, drinking smoothies, and apparently LIVING UNDER A ROCK.
I know about the acai berry and all of it’s rockstar health benefits – like its amazing antioxidant properties, how it’s packed with fiber, and that it also contains healthy medium chain fats (the kind that help reduce your risk for heart disease)…
But why is it in a bowl? And why are people going crazy over them?
I decided to investigate. And I sure am glad that I did. Holy moly.
You can buy frozen unsweetened Acai packs online or at stores like Whole Foods or Central Market. They’re not the cheapest item I’ve purchased at the grocery store, but they’re not the priciest either (I’m looking at you, truffle oil).
Once you get the main ingredient, it’s time for the extras. I blended mine with a frozen banana, 1/4 of an avocado, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Warning: although this looks like ice cream, it doesn’t quite satisfy those sweet tooth cravings.
….that’s what the toppings are for!
Okay, maybe that’s not technically what the toppings are for, but they sure did pep up MY meal. I topped mine with sliced banana, blueberries, sliced almonds, and granola. I also wanted to add chocolate chips, but I was somehow talked off of the ledge…
Oh, did I mention that acai bowls are often eaten as breakfast? I bet you thought this sneaky little dish was a naughty dessert. Nope, it’s filled with nutrition that the morning meal would dream of.
Here are some other additions that I think would kick butt!
Add-ins: Greek yogurt, peanut butter (or pb2), oats, medjool dates
Toppings: strawberries, dark chocolate chips, pecans, chia seeds, coconut, mango
Have you tried an acai bowl yet? What additions do you recommend?