Berry + Cacao Acai Bowl
Acaí bowls are all the rage + you’ve probably seen dozens of these beautiful smoothies while scrolling through your insta, but what exactly is *Acaí*? The first thing you should know? All the *buzz* surrounding this little berry is well deserved. I know, I know — I was a skeptic at first too, but read on!
The Acaí berry is grown throughout Central + South America + it has become widely popular for its nutritional value. Acaí has come to be known as a *superfood* — these little berries are praised for their rich antioxidant content as well as their high vitamin + mineral + omega [healthy] fat concentration! Even more impressive — the Acaí fruit has been found to contain 19 different amino acids. Your body can only make 10 out of the 20 total amino acids you need + the rest come from the healthy foods you eat. Sparing you the science, the amino acids are the little blocks the build protein — a much needed nutrient for us girls #inCHAARG!
The only downside is that Acaí can get a little pricey. But, the health benefits + the amazing taste are worth treating yourself + giving it a try! The Acaí pulp can be found in ready-to-blend packets in the freezer section of most health food stores.
Change up your breakfast routine, after all — this Acaí bowl tastes like ice cream, but with healthy nutritional benefits! If that doesn’t sound like motivation to get up early + make a healthy breakfast, I don’t know what does [ ; ) ]. The recipe + toppings are customizable to suit your tastes + fit whatever you have on hand. Give it a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
1 Packet Unsweetened, Frozen Acaí Puree
1 frozen Banana
1 packed cup Kale
1 cup Frozen Blackberries [you can sub any type of berry you have on hand!] ½ cup Coconut Milk
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1 tbsp Cacao Powder
#1] Blend the kale + coconut milk until smooth. If you don’t have coconut milk, feel free to substitute almond milk or even coconut water! Once the kale is fully blended, add all remaining ingredients + blend until smooth! Getting the texture just right can be tricky until you have some practice! If you’ve blended the smoothie a little too long + it’s become thin — try thickening it up by adding more frozen banana or a few ice cubes!
#2] Pour the smoothie into a bowl + go wild with the toppings! When it comes to toppings — the possibilities are endless! This is what I used on my Berry + Cacao Acaí Bowl:
- Chopped Walnuts Nuts
- Goji Berries
- Cacao Nibs
- Granola [try our Sweet + Spicy Granola]
- Almond Butter
Other topping ideas: Coconut Flakes, PB//Cashew Butter, Chia, Hemp Seeds, Protein Powder, Oats//Museli, + Fresh Fruit!
#3] Snap a pic, grab a spoon + ENJOY : )
+ Teresa [@tasandoval], OSU CHAARG