It was a couple of years ago when my daughter and I jumped on the Acai Bowl bandwagon. She told me about this little health food store around the corner from us and “everyone” was going there to buy this super healthy bowl of frozen fruit.
Being the health fanatic that I am, I had to go check out this new health fad and let my taste buds decide. What did I discover? It was yummy. Of course this purplish color fruit is pleasing to the eye, but add super delicious ripe strawberries, luscious blueberries and top with a little granola and you have a bowl full of antioxidants waiting to be devoured.
Since I was blogging about this fantastic fruit I thought I do a little historical research to find out more about it and where it came from. This amazing healthful fruit comes from the acai palm tree in Central and South America. In the 1980’s the founder of Brazilian Jujitsu, Carlos Gracie, discovered this antioxidant powerhouse fruit should be consumed and originated the first Acai Bowl. But it was in the 1990’s that a couple of surfers brought this frozen fruit to the U.S. and Hawaii. Thanks to those two surfer dudes you can purchase a Acai Bowl from your local Nékter, a few local beach establishments on the West Coast offer them as well, or you can make it on your own like Alyssa and I enjoying doing and also save some $$.
Below are the ingredients that we put in our Amazing Acai Bowl.
- 1 Acai packet ( SAMBOZON®) Buy this at Costco
- 1/4 frozen banana
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 1 Tbsp. of chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
- 1 cup frozen berries (your choice)
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk ( we prefer Silk®)
- 2 Tbsp. vanilla protein powder (if desired)
Blend in a NutriBullet® or blender until desire thickness, slice a few gorgeous green kiwi’s, luscious strawberries and sprinkle a bit of coconut flakes and you have a plethora of antioxidants, fiber and omega-3’s all in ONE bowl.
Yield: 1 serving, approximately 325 Calories, ( if you add protein powder, that yields 17 grams of protein and 75 more calories)
Notes: For added crunch you can add a little bit of healthy granola, (granola tends to be high in calories).