What is an Acai Bowl?

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!

Acai berry

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?

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/

acai bowl

Have you tried an Acai bowl?  Did you like it?

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26 thoughts on “What is an Acai Bowl?

  1. Arlee Bird

    I’ve heard about the “superfood” connection to acai berries for a number of years now, but ironically just a day or two ago I first saw an acai bowl advertised somewhere but I don’t remember where. Sounds healthy so I maybe should try it. If I can remember where I saw it.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  2. Jan Wild

    Ah, just what I have been looking for, thanks. I have some acai powder and I keep forgetting to add it into some frozen bananas and then layering it up with other breakfast goodies, Now I am re-inspired 🙂

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I’m pleased Jan! At least you had some powder – I had never heard of acai but I might buy some powder and try your idea. Thanks.

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  3. Leanne

    This is a new one for me – there seems to be a new superfood out every time I turn around! They’re usually expensive and a lot taste awful – all the pics you posted look delicious, so this might be one worth trying 🙂

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Well it wasn’t that cheap Leanne but it was a delicious treat and healthy too! I know what you mean about the number of ‘superfoods’ around and yes I’m not a fan of how some of them taste either 🙂

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes my daughter introduced me and I thought it tasted so good. I’m not sure I would buy regularly as it was quite expensive but it was a well deserved treat after the run that is for sure.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      They are delish Sheryl (I use that word delish as well LOL) I think they are only starting to become more popular in Brisbane, where I live but they do taste good and they are healthy too so it is a win-win!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes Roz I had no idea how to pronounce it but it tastes great. Yes a little like blueberry – sweeter I think but it was so filling and delicious.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      You would love it Charlotte they are so filling especially after a long run plus the taste is really refreshing.

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  4. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    I have only had them dried, not fresh. Your pics make them look delicious. I don’t mind how many super foods there are, they obviously have some good benefits and will be a whole lot better than anything over processed or junk food.
    We need to be careful with these magnificent berries that we don’t overdo it and end up consuming too much fruit sugars.
    After that awesome run, you can eat all you want.
    Kathleen

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes fruit sugars can be a catch that is why generally we should eat the whole fruit rather than the juice. I’ve not tried them dried but I might look out for them.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know Bill, sometimes I feel swamped with all the ‘latest health trends’. My motto is moderation but I really enjoyed the Acai Bowl as a treat and the health benefits were an added bonus.

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