Must-Try Acai Bowl Recipes2016-05-10
- Yield : 1
- Servings : 1
- Prep Time : 4m
Must-Try Acai Bowl Recipes
Must-Try Acai Bowl Recipes:Acai berries (pronounced ah-sai-ee) are the fruits of acai palm trees, which are mostly grown in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest. These small, dark-purple berries pack a nutrient punch with a whole host of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Dubbed by the Brazilians as the “Beauty Berry,” acai berries truly do the body good from the inside out, with health benefits such as increased energy levels, a boosted immune system, improved metabolic function and better hair and skin. Not only is this superfood incredibly good for you, but it’s also delicious (it kind of tastes like dark chocolate!). One of the most popular ways to eat these berries is in an acai bowl, where puréed acai berries are garnished with a variety of toppings, such as sliced bananas, strawberries and granola.
Because acai berries are grown primarily in Central and South America and are highly perishable, fresh acai berries are not readily available in the US. But what are available are pulped and flash-frozen berries, which are perfect for creating your acai bowl base! Look for them in the frozen foods section of your grocery store – Sambazon is one of the most widely available brands. One of the most popular places where acai bowls are enjoyed outside of South America is Hawaii. On a recent trip to Oahu, I found acai bowls to be the perfect post-surf snack, so I’ve taken some inspiration from the island to create these three recipes. Feel free to sub in different nut milks or even add in a scoop of nut butter for added protein, or sprinkle in boosters such as bee pollen and get creative with your toppings!