If you spend any time on Instagram and you hashtag #eatclean or #superfoods, you have probably come upon a beautifully-done acai bowl. And why wouldn’t you. If well made, they are filled to the brim with nutrient-dense ingredients teeming with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. But a lot of foods fit that criteria. What makes acai bowls different? They are gorgeous. Let’s talk about our fat-laden acai bowl.
Fat-Laden Acai Bowl
About ten years ago, no one had heard of acai bowls. Now every juice bar boasts them. How did that come about? As I mentioned in my Holistic Health News (HHN) podcast episode “Yogurt Bowls vs. Acai Bowls,” two entrepreneurs went to Brazil at the turn of the millennia and saw the potential of marketing this Amazonian super berry to the masses. Acai had been known to the South Americans since time immemorial, but it was little-known elsewhere. This was about to change.
What makes acai so much better than blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries? They tend to bear a higher load of antioxidants than the aforementioned, which is saying a lot since the berries, in general, are the par excellence of fruit world. (Click HERE to read our Best Low Sugar SuperFruits.”)
Acai comes in different forms. It is rare to find the acai berries in their natural form. And quite expensive. In most cases, you will find it in a mushy frozen form next to the other frozen fruits. They do this to make it easier for the masses to put it in smoothies or, of course, to make an acai bowl. Note: many acai berries that come in this form have added sugar so look at the nutritional information before purchasing.
In “Yogurt Bowls vs. Acai Bowls” we mention that actually yogurt bowls are healthier for you. That is not to say that acai bowls are not. (Some of you might be vegans after all.) Most yogurt bowls are made with blueberries or raspberries who in most cases would win in any superfood antioxidant contest. It’s just that acai berries have more of it.
The issue with most acai bowls is that they don’t have any fat or protein to balance it out. A well-constructed yogurt bowl, like the one we have at this site, has a lot of fat and protein to balance out the carbs in the fruit. (Click HERE to see that recipe.) That is why we add full fat Greek yogurt, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, nuts, and more…to fatten it up.
The yogurt bowl has as its base, full-fat probiotic-laden Greek yogurt. Acai bowls have the sugary acai berries as its base. Aside from all the sugar and carbs that you will be ingesting, the acai bowl won’t fill you up and you will be hungry in a few hours. That’s why a fat-laden acai bowl is crucial.
That doesn’t mean your acai bowl can’t be fat and protein-dense. You just have to make it that way. That is what we have done in this fat-laden acai bowl. And to be honest we have mirrored the recipe of our yogurt bowl. So this fat-laden acai bowl will have on its top the walnuts and pumpkin seeds in addition to the colorful coconut, strawberries, and blueberries.
But to make this fat-laden acai bowl more fat-laden, we blended in full-fat Greek yogurt and almond butter. There is an ancillary benefit to this action aside from adding more nutrients. On occasion, acai bowls can be too sweet given the inordinate amount of fruit in it and on it. By adding the yogurt and nut butter it modulates that sweetness.
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Blend acai mix with chia seeds, honey, nut butter, and yogurt in a mixer/blender. Pour into a bowl. Line up your fruit in columns of your choice whichever makes it more aesthetically pleasing to you. One suggestion: Do one line of shredded coconut, one of blueberries, one of pumpkin seeds, one of bananas, and one of strawberries. Mix it all up and enjoy!
Blend acai mix with chia seeds, honey, nut butter, and yogurt in a mixer/blender. Pour into a bowl.
Line up your fruit in columns of your choice whichever makes it more aesthetically pleasing to you. One suggestion: Do one line of shredded coconut, one of blueberries, one of pumpkin seeds, one of bananas, and one of strawberries.
Mix it all up and enjoy!