açai bowls are my latest health obsession. i only discovered them recently, and didn’t know what the hype was all about. ooookay so there’s a bowl of fruit, açai, and other healthy stuff. is it considered a meal or a snack? how do you make it? i was very confused so i went on pinterest and found a bunch of recipes and did some ‘research.’ after making my first açai bowl, i understand. IT’S THE GREATEST THING.
what is an açai bowl?
an açai bowl is basically a thick smoothie of açai, a super superfood from brazil, and other delicious fruits, topped with more fruit, oats, and whatever your heart desires. these bowls look like ice cream, and almost taste like ice cream. actually, i feel like they are ice cream – but not the kind we usually know of; i’m talking about banana ice cream, or nice cream.
why are you obsessed with this?
it’s delicious and nutritious. can you imagine a smoothie/ice cream, made entirely of fruit, and includes all your favorite things? this is basically that. because you’re making the smoothie yourself, you decide to include or exclude anything! it actually fills me up, and
how do you make it?
there are a bunch of ways to make the bowl. the main components are açai – usually as a powder, puree, juice, frozen, etc. – and frozen fruit, plus whatever you’d like to include. here is my recipe:
serves one large bowl
blend the following:
- one frozen banana
- approximately one to two tablespoons of açai (sambazon powder, purchased from amazon)
- one scoop of protein powder
- a bit of milk or water
- some non-fat plain yogurt (optional)
i add the protein powder because i usually eat it after a workout, or as a breakfast. as for the toppings you can get creative! i usually include:
- fresh berries (strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, etc.)
- chia seeds
- dried goji berries
- honey roasted almond slices
i have yet to try to including coconut flakes, granola, honey, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and other good stuff! many people also include peanut butter and oats, too. the key to a good açai book is the thickness. you don’t want it to be too watery that it’s basically fruit soup, and you don’t want it to be too dense that it’s a rock. once you’ve got your delicious açai and toppings in a bowl, take a giant spoon and devour the thing!
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have you tried this delicious bowl? let me know in the comments!