Learn everything about Brazilian Acai Bowl and how to make it at home! Acai bowls are the ideal and super healthy meals to charge your body! Loaded with Acai berry puree, banana, blueberries, and milk, then topped with fresh fruit, granola, Brazilian nuts and seeds! Ready in a few minutes, absolutely delicious and easy to customize! The tricks, tips and suggestions will help you to make and enjoy the BEST Acai bowl right at home for low cost! You are going to CRAVE it again and again!!!
Acai bowl is one of my favorite breakfasts, whether it is winter or summer. It is part of my morning routine. I usually wake up and make either Acai smoothies or bowls for myself and my husband. And I can’t believe that I didn’t know anything about this Brazilian super fruit 5 years ago. Yes, there was time when I felt constant fatigue due to multitasking (working moms will understand what I am talking about), so my Brazilian friend Adriana advised me to include acai in my daily menu. And I am so happy I DID! I started feeling so much better after consuming an acai bowl per day. The best of all açaí doesn’t contain sugar, but they are higher in antioxidants than other berries like blueberries or cranberries.
ACAI BOWL BENEFITS
Recently Acai has gained popularity globally due to its qualities. It is one of the fruits with highest antioxidant content (those that neutralize radicals which can cause cancer, heart diseases and diabetes). I should also mention that it is very rich in healthy fats, which protect your brain, skin and heart health. Acai is also a great source of iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. Some other acai benefits:
- Reduces bad cholesterol - açaí is rich in healthy fats which are beneficial and help to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and improve good cholesterol (HDL).
- Helps to prevent Cancer - Açaí contains anthocyanins, an important antioxidant that contributes to cancer prevention.
- Helps the immune system – Antioxidants and Vitamin C help to boost the immune system.
- Energy source - Açaí is a great food to be consumed before physical and mental activities,to ensure you have energy.
- Anti-inflammatory - The fruit helps to reduce symptoms among patients with chronic inflammation, autoimmune diseases and asthma.
WHERE CAN I FIND ACAI PULP?
If you live in the United States, you can find it the organic food section of the supermarkets or you can order Acai powder from Amazon. I like the brands Native berries, Frooty, and Sambazon (with zero sugar). Always check the ingredients before buying. I always buy without sugar.
For those who live in Brazil, you will purchase it from the frozen foods section of the supermarket.
ACAI BOWL TOPPINGS
The choices are endless!
Low Carb Acai Bowls: Sugar-free coconut chips, granola, peanut butter, seeds (chia & pumpkin seeds), almonds, Brazilian nuts or crushed cashew nuts.
LOW GL Bowls: fresh fruits like strawberries, raspberries, passion fruit and blueberries.
HOW TO MAKE ACAI BOWL?
There is nothing easier than to make an acai bowl. Simply blend all the ingredients together until you get thick, creamy texture, transfer to a serving bowl, top with your favorite toppings. Here are some suggestions and tips.
Freeze fruits ahead of time. I like to buy fresh fruits and then freeze them, it is a cheaper option. But you can purchase frozen fruits like blueberries and strawberries for acai bowls. The only fruit you will need to freeze is banana. I’ve never come across frozen banana packets in our local supermarkets. Which bananas are the best for this recipe? Overripe bananas will be ideal for Acai bowl as well as for Banana cake and other recipes where we want to get more sweetness and flavor. Have some overripe bananas in your fruit bowl and don’t know what to do with them? Slice, arrange onto a tray and freeze. Once frozen, transfer to bag. Use when you need to make a delicious acai bowl at home.
Buy unsweetened Acai puree. Sweetened acai packets are very sweet to my taste and once you blend them with overripe sweet bananas, bowl will be far too sweet. Always go with Unsweetened Acai packets. Even if you have a sweet tooth, you can add honey later.
If Acai Bowl is runny
Always start with ¼ cup of milk and add more if needed. I never add more that ½ cup. If it turned out to be watery, add more frozen fruit like banana and more acai puree, it will thicken it up again.
Vegan Acai Bowl
Substitute cow’s milk with coconut milk, almond milk or apple juice.
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