09 Sep Healthy Acai Bowl Recipe
When I hear Acai my tummy says YUMO!
Subscribing to a clean lifestyle is easier than you think, I am not talking about magazine or online subscriptions I am talking about making a choice for a cleaner healthier choice of living when it comes to the food you consume.
For me the choice was made many years ago, eliminating the bad fats in foods from my diet while concentrating on good fats and wholesome clean food that gave me energy as opposed to feeling like I needed to go back to sleep at 8 am. It was a rather easy decision to make.
Que the Acai bowl, I you haven’t made or tried one of these bowls of goodness you haven’t lived, no seriously you haven’t. My good friends Kemi and husband Dave have been enjoying this bowl of goodness in Australia and the US (especially Hawaii). After hearing what the local health conscious folk in Hawaii can do with the Acai (pronounced ah-sai-ee) I went in search for what I thought to be Sydney’s best. After having tasted many in the North, East and South, funny enough I found the very best to be locally situated in Sydney’s Inner West suburb of Rozelle, just 10 minutes from the CBD in a great organic cafe named Ungaro Raw, and so the acai love affair begun.
These honest to goodness dark purple berries come from the fruits of acai palm trees, grown in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest. With a whole host of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids, they have been known to truly do the body good both inside and out!
Watch out hair and nails, its time to grow and glow! Not to mention the increased benefits of energy levels and improved metabolic function and have I mentioned the fact that its sooooo delicious too!
These days you can find Acai readily found in many health food stores and even big brand supermarkets, located in the frozen food section.
Prep Time around 10 minutes
- 1 pack frozen Acai berry (before opening your acai pack, run under water for 5-10 seconds to thaw and break up into small workable pieces).
- 1/2 small banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (optional extra)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (optional extra)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut water
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries or raspberries
- 1/2 kiwi, peeled and sliced or chopped
- 1/2 small banana, sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1/4 cup granola, optional
- 1/4 cup almonds, optional
- 1 table spoon coconut yogurt, optional
Prepare acai purée: In a blender, add other half of the banana, acai pulp and a splash of milk or your choice of coconut water. Blend on low until larger chunks are broken down, then gradually increase speed, adding a splash of milk at a time, and stopping to scrape down sides of blender if needed. When ingredients have mostly come together and all of milk has been added, blend on high for 15 to 20 seconds more.
Poor into a bowl, for the topping, your choice of fresh fruit works best. For visual fun you may want to arrange blueberries, kiwi, banana, strawberries and almonds in a row like my acai image above. Add coconut yogurt plus your choice of granola and enjoy!
Do you have a favourite Acai recipe you like to make? We would love for you to tell us about it or share in the comments below.
x Kerry @ StyleCulture.com.au