By Meg Thompson
Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry native to Central and South America. It has a super fabulous list of nutritional benefits, including a ridiculous antioxidant status, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and has protein, essential fatty acids, fibre and a host of other vitamins and minerals.
Acai bowls are more common place in Brazil, California and Hawaii, and having not been lucky enough to visit these places yet, I will have to be content with my home made number. I have also supercharged this version with a nice whack of protein, healthy fats, and a fabulous array of super foods, and kale of course (ha) which is also a superfood!
You can buy acai as powder or frozen in sachets. It is not the cheapest thing in the world, but you don’t need a massive amount. My local health food shop is wonderful enough to sell it in bulk, which is perfect if you have that option.
Alternatively, you can substitute it with any other superfood powder of your choice. Even if you left it out all together the recipe would still be ace. Freestyle this one as much as you like, the recipe below is just a guideline and is a little unconventional.
I do like the addition of protein and good fats such as the avocado, seeds and nut butter, as often they are just a blend of mixed fruit. A fruit only version is delish, but a few extra ingredients and you can totally pass it as a legitimate meal! It’s also a huge hit with kids!
Acai Bowl Recipe – The Ingredients
Makes 2 bowls
1 cup frozen berries (any kind)
1 cup almond milk
2 tbs acai powder
2 tbs hemp or chia seeds
1/2 tbs nut butter
1 tsp raw cacao (or more)
1 tsp maca powder (or more)
A handful of kale leaves – no stems (or any other leafy green)
1-2 tsp lemon juice
Pop all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add less milk for a thicker consistency, more for thinner. Note: a thicker consistency = bacically ice-cream – awesome.Top with any left over fruit, nuts, granola, flaked coconut, extra avocado, or just enjoy straight up!