Meet my new obsession -- Acai bowls.
They are like ice cream that is good for you!
I like to eat them for breakfast or lunch but feel free to treat them like dessert!
What is an acai berry anyways? It's considered a "superfood" from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The acai tree is actaully a type of palm tree. Brazilian natives consider the berry to be a secret of health, providing energy, and boosting immune and metabolic function.
Here are some interesting facts about acai berries:
-They contain amino acids & omega fatty acids.
-They have all the same vitamins and minerals of most fruits, but also contain unique chemical compounds found in no other fruit on the planet.
-Acai contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants you can find - including a superpotent one called anthocyanin. It also has free radical powers. Acai's ORAC (oxygen radical absorbancy capacity) is over 3500, which is hundreds of times higher than your average apples and bananas.
The best way to get acai is by buying it frozen.
The company Sabazon sells convenient packets of plain Acai and Acai mixed with guarana extract. The latter is lightly sweetened with organic cane juice and I prefer that one.
How to make 1 serving
In high-powered blender add the following:
-1/2 frozen banana, cubed
-1 packet Sabazon Acai puree
(I get mine at Costco, they also have it at Sprouts and probably Whole Foods)
-1/2 cup liquid (I like almond milk or raw milk or half OJ/half milk)
-small handful of ice
Blend to the consistency of ice cream.
Now, the fun part... toppings!
I like to add the following:
(my faves are fresh berries, sliced bananas, peaches, and kiwi)
toasted shredded coconut
and my absolute fave: chia seeds
If you're near Los Angeles, and want a foodie adventure, here's a link to the best acai bowls in town!