Acai berries contain antioxidants, anthocyanins, and flavonoids, which have been credited for everything from anti-aging effects to weight loss. The jury is still out on whether the berry lives up to the claims, but until then, it’s as good as or better than any other brightly hued berry at the produce stand.
Like a smoothie, the acai bowl can include everything you want from fruit and greens to almond butter and yogurt. However, unlike the blended drink, the bowl allows for a variety of textures to remain distinct. Let your imagination run wild and create acai bowls that suits your taste. Or try our recipe for acai chia pudding with pomegranate and coconut.
Acai Chia Pudding with Pomegranate and Coconut
100 grams pureed frozen acai (such as Sambazon acai)
1 cup fresh spinach
1 whole banana
½ cup frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut, toasted
Pomegranate, blackberries, and other fruits for garnish
Blend the acai, spinach, banana, and blueberries in a high-speed blender, adding a few tablespoons of water as needed.
Stir in the chia seeds and set in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
Serve with toasted coconut and other fruits of your choice.
214 calories, 27g carbohydrates, 11g fat, 4g protein, 22mg sodium, 12g sugars
Yogurt and Fruit Acai Bowl
Photo source: Pamela Ellgen
Defrost acai puree, pour into a bowl, and garnish with fruit and yogurt. Enjoy like a cold soup.
Acai Granola Bowl
Top acai with granola and fresh fruit for a crunchy treat.