Named by the Brazilians as the "Beauty Berry", "Acai berry" is a grape-like fruit harvested from the acai palm tree.
Pronounced as "AH-SIGH-EE", this superfood native to South America tastes like a blend of berries and chocolate (1).
It is one of the most delicious and nutrient-dense fruits you can eat on the planet!
They are low in sugar, yet rich in iron, calcium, fiber, and vitamin A (2).
It's no wonder Acai berries are getting more popular and more recognized in the Western world as a "super fruit”.
But that's not all. Acai is full of antioxidants.
Acai berries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit and vegetables on the planet (3).
They are higher on the ORAC scale (the scale that measures antioxidants activity levels) than most fruits and vegetables.
It's got 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and cranberries.
It's even higher than cocoa powder, goji berries and blueberries.
Given the benefits of antioxidants, it's a great boost for your health.
So "What do antioxidants do"?
Antioxidants are substances that can protect the body from the effects of free radicals (4).
Put simply, it prevents diseases, enhances the immune system and improves the overall health.
Acai berry is also full other nutrients.
Acai berries do your body good from inside out. That's evident.
With all its nutrients, these Brazilian berries bring health benefits such as increased energy levels, a boosted immune system, improved metabolic function and better hair and skin.
While most superfoods are not necessarily the tastiest foods, Acai berries sure know how to please your taste palette.
Not only this superfood is incredibly good for you, but it’s also delicious. It even tastes like dark chocolate. No joke aside.
And one of the most popular ways to eat these super power berries is Acai bowl.
Because Acai berries are grown primarily in Central South America and are highly perishable, fresh Acai berries are not readily available in the U.S.
But thankfully, what's available is pulped and flash-frozen berries, which are perfect for creating your Acai bowl.
They are widely available in frozen foods section of your grocery store.
Sambazon is one of the leading brands of Acai, and the one that I used for my smoothie bowl.
Here in Hawaii, Acai bowls are one of the most popular dishes amongst the locals and tourists, and I have found Acai bowls to be the perfect healthy breakfast or afternoon meal.
So I’ve taken some inspiration from some of my favorite health food places here on the island to create this "Acai bowl recipe”. Feel free to sub any of the toppings.
Acai Bowl Recipe
- 1 acai original blend pack
- 1/2 frozen sliced banana
- 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries
- 1/4 cup of granola
- 2 tbsp of coconut chips
- 1 tbsp of cacao powder
- 2 tbsp of flax seed
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/4 cup of lemonade or apple juice
- 1/2 small banana, sliced
- 2 tbsp of coconut chips
- 1/4 fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1/4 cup peeled and chopped pineapple
- 1/4 cup granola
- Drizzle of raw honey, optional
Let's get started!
1. In a blender, add 1/2 frozen banana, acai puree pack (make sure to break up your Acai pack), mixed berries, granola, and apple juice. TIP: Add to the blender in that order. Adding softer ingredients first makes it easier on your blender blades.
2. Blend on low until larger chunks are broken down. Gradually increase speed, adding a splash of apple juice at a time, continue blend to a thick consistency. When ingredients have mostly come together and all of apple/lemonade juice has been added, blend on high for 15 to 20 seconds.
3. Serve in a bowl and add your toppings. Drizzle the honey on top. Enjoy!
There you have it!
Acai bowl recipe that anyone can make at home. The acai berry is one of the most nutrient dense fruits you can eat and adding it to your diet can benefit you in endless ways.
Try the recipe and leave me a comment to let me know how yours came out.