All About Acai (Acai Bowl Recipe Included)
We’re covering the trending fruit Acai Berries. Learn all about:
What is Acai
Where to buy Acai
How to make an Acai Bowl
We’re not sure what the origin of the Acai bowl is, but it feels like we woke up one morning and every specialty shop was making their own version of this vibrant and trendy dish. A meal that looks so stunning that you barely want to eat it? We’re not complaining. But let’s dig deeper into everything Acai.
What is an Acai?
Acai (pronounced Ah-sigh-ee) is a grape-like, nutrient-rich, berry found on acai palm trees that most commonly grow in Central and South America.
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Acai nutrition and benefits?
Some believe Acai berries to be life saving, but we probably won’t go that far. However, Acai are jam-packed with antioxidants. According to WebMD, acai fruit pulp is even richer in antioxidants than cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries or blueberries. They are also full of fiber, heart-healthy fats and are high in calcium! We think it’s safe to say Acai Berries are a definite superfood.
Where can I buy Acai?
Acai now comes in many forms: juices, frozen pulp, ice cream, smoothies, powders , and other supplements – you name it, they probably have it. Walk into your local health food store and you can’t miss these byproducts. Unfortunately, due to the extremely perishable nature of these berries, if you’re looking for a fresh sampling your best bet is getting on the next plane flying south to the Brazilian rainforest. What we mean is they don’t really grow elsewhere.
How do I make an Acai Bowl?
We have a simple and delicious Acai Bowl recipe to share with you. Just like it looks in the stunning pictures taking over your #foodie newsfeed, Acai bowls are a visually appealing food trend that is booming! Who thought serving a smoothie in a bowl would be so innovative?
The trick? The right consistency. It should be creamy yet thick enough to scoop. Try this recipe out for yourself:
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Acai Bowl Ingredients:
1 cup banana
½ cup apple juice
1 cup frozen acai berry puree
½ cup vanilla greek yogurt
1 ½ cup frozen mixed berries
toppings: fresh berries, sliced banana, granola, almonds, chia seeds, kiwi, shredded coconut
Place juice, banana, frozen berries, acai puree and yogurt in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour blend into 2 deep bowls.
Arrange toppings over blend and voila!
Acai is definitely here to stay. We’re talking about a delicious fruit, with powerful health benefit, what’s not to love?! We vote “great food trend” for this superfood that looks beautiful, sounds cool, and tastes great!
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