Acai Bowls Nutritional Facts and a Recipe to DIY at Home
Chances are you’ve heard of the vaunted açai berry. With its purported superfood properties and amazing antioxidant levels, açai has quickly swept the health food market and fitness scene. However, the craze has left some people a little confused about what it is, why they should care and how to use it in their own lives.
What IS It, Anyway?
Açai berries come from the açai palm, which grows in Brazil, Trinidad and other parts of northern South America. This swamp-dwelling plant produces small, inch-long berries of reddish-purple color. It is often sold as dried powder, frozen pulp or juice.
Although this ingredient has come under suspicion for having no scientific backing for its supposed properties, many people strongly swear by the effect it has had on their health. Considering that eating açai is usually part of a healthy, whole food-based diet, it may benefit people simply by encouraging them to mold their diets around unpackaged, nutrient-dense produce.
Why Is It Healthy?
Despite the fact that the açai berry is under fire for not being all it’s cracked up to be, it still contains valuable nutrients that can benefit your diet and health. Açai berries contain:
- Anthocyanins, which may help protect you against diseases
- Few carbohydrates and sugars, which means they don’t cause harmful insulin spikes that make you crave other sugary foods
- No cholesterol or sodium
- 15 percent daily value of vitamin A, which is responsible for bone health as well as proper reproductive and immune system function
Whether or not you believe the hype around açai berries, they are a whole, natural food that provides benefits to your diet when combined with other whole, healthy foods, such as in a smoothie bowl.
Your New Go-To DIY Açai Bowl Recipe
Wait … what’s a smoothie bowl, you say? Delighted you asked. The new trend in the smoothie world is not to drink your mixed medley from a glass but rather to spoon it from a bowl. Not only can you top it with delicious things (including fruit, nuts, bee pollen and granola), when you spoon it into your mouth rather than drinking it right down, your enzymes have more time to interact with the food, preparing it for your body.
Without further ado, here is the recipe we recommend you start with. Combine in the bowl of a blender:
- 1 3.5-ounce package of frozen açai
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 banana
- ½ cup of berries, frozen or fresh
- ¼ cup of yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Blend all ingredients until they’re creamy (add water if necessary), and then top with a few of the following choices:
- Fresh berries
- Sliced fruit
- Bee pollen
- Chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds
- Drizzle of honey or agave
Then all you have to do is spoon in and enjoy. See? Living that whole, healthy lifestyle you crave is right here within your reach. Just reach out and blend it up.