Due to their high antioxidant content, acai berries have many potential health benefits. They're loaded with powerful plant compounds that act as antioxidants and could have benefits for your brain, heart and overall health. They also deliver healthy fats and fiber, making them a superfood. They taste great when added to smoothies or smoothie bowls.
Acai bowls have a lot of amazing health benefits as it is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that leads to glowing skin and super immunity. Making them undeniably a better breakfast choice than, say, a donut or chocolate croissant. Please note that these bowls are high in natural fibrous sugars and should be factored in to your overall daily sugar/carb intake.
With that being said, you don’t need to swear off acai bowls. You should just be smart about how you have them. Try these tricks for a healthier bowl:
Make them yourself. When you make an acai bowl at home you can control what and how much of each ingredient goes into the bowl
Portion sizing is everything. Most recipes you'll find make a massive bowl. So try halving ingredients for a better serving size.
Curb your toppings. Toppings like granola, nuts, and coconut are delicious, but thigh in calories. Try using one or two toppings and measure out how much you add of each.
Load up on protein. Proteins like natural peanut butter, clean protein powders or chia seeds, can help lower the glycemic load of the bowl and help steady blood sugar. Adding protein will also help to keep you fuller longer.
Add some greens. To balance sugar levels, try blending greens like spinach and kale with the acai puree. Then you can put fruit you'd otherwise blend on top so you can better gauge your portions.
Overall, acai bowls are a great whole food choice for a meal or snack as long as you are mindful about portion sizes and added ingredients.
Here is one of my favorite recipes:
Mel’s Acai Sweet Treat Energy Bowl Recipe
(makes 2 servings)
1 frozen acas berry puree packet (100 grams)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 small banana
1/3 cup frozen pineapple
2/3 cup frozen berries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 small banana
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup granola
Mix all bowl ingredients in a heavy duty food processor on puree setting. You want it to be smooth like a sorbet (not liquid-like). If it gets too runny chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes or until desired texture is reached. Top the bowl with suggested or your favorite toppings and ENJOY.