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Acai bowls. You may or may not have seen them on TV, social media, or in magazines. Until this past weekend, I never thought to make my own. They looked complicated and intimidating. Spoiler alert: they are really simple. Today, I’m sharing with you how to make an acai bowl, because I know you’ll become just as obsessed as I am.
In case you’re not familiar, the acai berry is known to have numerous health benefits.
1. Lowers cholesterol, due to the level of anthocyanin – a plant antioxidant
2. Fights viral and parasitic infections
3. Helps maintain a healthy weight
4. Gives your skin a healthy glow
5. Aids with digestive upset
6. Prevents inflammation
7. Combats fatigue and exhaustion
Sounds pretty great to me! I stopped at my local Whole Foods and picked up all the ingredients needed for the bowl. I took advantage of the bulk section to purchase a small amount of chia and flax seeds since I don’t use them too frequently. (Side note: I’m definitely going to be buying full bags of chia and flax seeds ASAP because I recently read some amazing articles about ways to incorporate them in my diet.)
- 2 packets of frozen acai pulp (I used Sambazon's Superfruit Packs)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
- 4 strawberries, sliced
- 1 kiwi, sliced
- a handful of blueberries
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- Before opening your acai packets, run them under water for 5 seconds to thaw. Break the frozen pulp into smaller pieces.
- In a blender, combine the acai, banana and almond milk.
- Blend on low for 10-15 seconds. The consistency should be thick enough to eat with a spoon.
- Pour into bowl and top with strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, coconut flakes, chia and flax seeds.
- Eat immediately.