Goodbye bagels and cream cheese. So long scrambled eggs and toast. There’s a new breakfast of champions on cafe menus and kitchen tables alike. Acai bowls have been called the world’s best healthy breakfast, and the buzz is well-deserved.
Bursting with nutrients and popping colors, acai bowls are similar to super-thick smoothies garnished with your choice of toppings. Oatmeal, almonds, hazelnuts, granola, quinoa, fresh fruit, peanut butter and coconut shavings are popular topping choices at many local juice or smoothie spots, but additional ingredients can include almost anything.
These health-happy breakfast bowls feature the acai berry, a superfood from Brazil that improves the heart, clears up the skin and aids in weight loss. The tropical fruit also happens to taste almost as sweet as ice cream. And let’s face it… healthy ice cream is what breakfast dreams are made of.
What is the Acai Berry?
The first thing you need to know about the berry is how to say its name properly. It’s pronounced “ah-sigh-EE,” which makes sense when you think about it, as you’ll have a long sigh of fulfillment after you eat an acai breakfast bowl!
Native to the rainforests of South America, the acai berry is similar in shape to a grape, but with a more complex taste. The dark purple berry is described as having a red wine-like flavor with faint hints of chocolate. Each berry contains around 10 percent fruit juice and pulp, as well as a large seed.
What Are the Health Benefits of the Acai Berry?
The acai berry has been heralded as a superfood, a potent fruit that packs a host of health benefits. Surfers were the first people who touted the health benefits of the acai berry, claiming it boosted their energy levels and gave them a feeling of satisfied lightness. Once the secret was out, well, it didn’t take long for the obscure South American fruit to find its way to cafes and breakfast tables across the world. Packed with a high concentration of antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, vitamins (C, A, B1, B2, B3, and E), and minerals, the acai berry has an excellent nutritional profile. The antioxidant-rich berry has been linked to the following health benefits:
- Heart health
- Aids in weight loss
- Promotes healthy skin and hair
- Helps digestion
- Reduces irritation
- Immune Booster
- Energy booster
- Improves metabolic function
There are numerous acai breakfast bowl recipes. The best advice that we can give: don’t get caught in an acai bowl rut. When it comes to toppings and additions, get creative, think outside-the-bowl, and explore different flavor combinations. Here are three easy to make acai breakfast bowl recipes to get you started.
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