Meet acai: the superfood that really packs a punch. Pronounced ah-sigh-ee, this berry is loaded with antioxidants, aids in weight loss and digestion, boosts energy and and immune system, and even promotes anti-aging and skin health. To put it simply, this berry does a lot of good for our bodies, so eat it up!
I like to buy acai in powder form. I buy mine at Central Market or you can order it on Amazon here. The best part of a smoothie bowl is that you can go wild with the toppings: fresh fruit to add bright colors, granola to add a crunch, and chia seeds and nuts to get some extra fiber and protein.
Frozen fruit really makes for the coldest, smoothest smoothie. The best way I have found to freeze bananas is to peel them when they are ripe, wrap them whole in plastic or saran wrap, and stick them in the freezer until you are ready to use. When you are ready to make your smoothie, just slice the frozen banana and toss it in the blender. Be ready for smoothies at any time by freezing any bananas you didn’t use up that week instead of throwing them away.
I enjoy these acai bowls for breakfast but Lee isn’t a huge breakfast person, so we often whip them up for a light and healthy dinner after a good workout (or as a good detox meal after an indulgent weekend to get ourselves back on track…). Go get your bowl on, and get creative with your toppings!
2 frozen bananas, chopped
1 cup mixed berries (frozen or fresh)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons acai powder
2 tablespoons almond butter
toppings: assorted fresh berries, sliced fresh banana, sliced kiwi, granola, slivered almonds, chai seeds, drizzle of honey
- Blend frozen bananas, mixed berries, almond milk, acai powder, and almond butter together until well combined.
- Pour into bowl and top with desired toppings.