Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries: everyone’s favorite power-food, but why? Whether you’re eating them because it makes for an insta-worthy photo or you’re a self-proclaimed health nut– you’re actually doing your body a whole lot of good.
Now, I am no dietitian, and I love my burritos (extra guac) more than the average gal, but a tropical super-fruit is definitely something I can get behind. Acai berries, which primarily grow from acai palm trees in the rain forests of Brazil, are known for their loaded antioxidants, fiber, and healthy omegas.
Although you can eat these berries by the handful, like you would a traditional blueberry or raspberry, they are most known for the blended goodness found in acai bowls. An acai bowl is an extra-thick smoothie made from blended acai (duh), topped with granola, agave and the fruit of your choice. Honestly, it’s a tropical explosion on your taste buds and it rocks.
The best part? You don’t have to fork over hundreds of dollars flying to paradise to try one (unless you want to). Acai bowls are super easy to make at home, and can be found at most of your local smoothie or juice shops.
Try this recipe;
3/4 cup acai berries (or try the Sambazon Unsweetened Acai Smoothie Pack)
1/2 cup organic apple juice
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
The granola of your choice
The remainder of the banana, sliced
A handful of blueberries
5 Strawberries, halved
A drizzle of agave