Açai berries have been one of the hottest ingredients for the past few years. The acai berry has been deemed a “superfood”, which basically means it is packed with essential vitamins for you. Right now, people is Southern California cannot get enough of something called an açai bowl and for good reason.
First, let’s just review a few simple things. An açai berry is a purple berry found in in Central/South America. This delicious little fruit grows on acai palm and the fruit is now used as an ingredient in juices, smoothies, powders, etc. Some people are actually calling this little purple/red berry “purple gold” because of all the punch it packs for such a small piece of fruit. Acai berries are high in antioxidants, richer than the typical strawberries and blueberries you already know so much about. Additionally, acai berries are low in sugar and provide a wonderful source of calcium for your body.
With all the health benefits and seeing how popular this fruit has become, I decided to make my own acai bowls at home. Even a good thing can be a bad thing and when I was looking at calories/sugar content of an açai bowl from local smoothie stores I realized I would be better off making my own. Let me tell you, this was DELICIOUS! My picky two year old stole this gorgeous snack from me, so I ended up making a second. Not only does it look delicious, but it is loaded with things that are good for you.
To make this smoothie I purchased a bag of the frozen Jamba Juice Protein Smoothies Berry Awesome Açai. Açai berries can also be found on its own in the frozen food section at some grocery stores (I wasn’t so lucky, but is available at other grocery stores nearby). Since making this though, I have discovered the açai powders they sell online and I will be using a scoop of that mixed with my own greek yogurt from here on it. The powder is much more cost-effective and still provides the same nutrients as the frozen berries. Simply mix half the bag with 8 oz of liquid, I chose coconut water, a little ice and blend it up. Once you reach desired thickness, pour into bowl and top with fruit/granola. I have seen people use everything from mango to coconut shavings on their açai bowls. I think it truly comes down to your personal preference. In my opinion, the granola adds a nice little crunch to the bowl. (My daughter would agree, because she kept requesting more in her bowl.)
If you’re looking for a new snack or breakfast item, give these delicious bowls a try! Have you already tried them? What do you think?? I am LOVING how beautiful the food looks and how delicious it tastes!