Last weekend I ran in a 10km fun run – The Bridge to Brisbane. I ran with my lovely daughter and one of my Saturday Sisters, Caz. After our fun runs we usually treat ourselves to a breakfast and a catch up. This time, the girls introduced me to the Acai Bowl – I’d only heard of these recently and actually pronounced it incorrectly. It is pronounced ‘ah-sigh-ee’ for your information!
Now maybe I’m slow but these have apparently been around for a while and the Acai berry is considered to be a new ‘super food’. Yes, I know, another ‘super food’ to join all the others or replace those that were thought to be a super food in 2015 but are no longer in 2016!
The Mayo Clinic has described Acai berries as a new ‘superfood’ but also adds a caution. There has been limited research undertaken on the health benefits of the acai berry although it is thought to contain more antioxidants than strawberries or cranberries.
Acai berries originate from the Acai palm in South America and contain antioxidants, fibre and healthy fats. Antioxidants can help reduce the risk of heart disease, although an article I read in Harvard Health, Antioxands: Beyond the Hype , suggests that clinical trials have not necessarily proven the hype surrounding the benefits of antioxidants.
In saying that, of course fresh, healthy produce is obviously much better for us than processed foods. I’m sticking to my philosophy of eating a well-balanced diet with the occasional treat.
So what is an Acai Bowl?
Firstly, it is delicious and a great way to start the day. There are variations on the recipe but we chose the basic version. A layer of frozen acai berries (like a frozen yoghurt), then granola, then topped with sliced banana and strawberries.
After the run it was just perfect to sit down and relax with something fresh and delicious.
If you are interested in making your own, you might want to check out this article I found ‘Everything You Need to Know about Acai Bowls’ which provides some recipe ideas. http://www.breakfastcriminals.com/guide-to-acai-bowl-recipes/