Smoothie bowls are all the rage, and with good reason. They are a quick, easy, healthy, delicious option for the first meal of the day. This Healthy Açaí Smoothie Bowl takes only five minutes to make and is loaded with health boosting antioxidants, protein and plenty of good fats!
This recipe is sponsored by Amazon Planet.
The Benefits of AÇAÍ Berries
Açai provides essential nutritional support for your body’s vital functions as it combines the potent antioxidants of berries with the healthy fats, fiber and protein of nuts. In fact, açai’s principal macronutrients are heart-healthy omegas, unsaturated fatty acids that are crucial in lowering blood cholesterol levels and the associated risk of heart disease. 100g (3.5oz) of Wonderfruit Açai® packs contain over 4g of linoleic acid (part of the omega 6 family of unsaturated fatty acids) and oleic acid (part of the omega 9 family of unsaturated fatty acids). Linoleic acid has the additional advantage of being an Essential Fatty Acid (EFA), that is, a fat that humans need but cannot synthesize, and must therefore be obtained through the diet.
High in Fiber and Healthy Fats:
Açai also contains a high amount of dietary fiber, important for regulating the gastro-intestinal function and for reducing the risk of type II diabetes. A single 100g (3.5oz) serving of our Wonderfruit Açai® packs contains 3g of fiber, or about 12% of daily recommended value. Thus, a 400g (14oz.) bowl of pure açai (the way we like to have it) contributes about half of one’s daily fiber needs. Not bad for a fruit that is better known for its antioxidants and heart-healthy fats!
And, perhaps most importantly, açai is loaded with anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that protect us from the oxidizing action of free radicals thereby helping to prevent damage to our cells. Açai contains a powerful anti-oxidant of the flavonoid family called anthocyanin. The antioxidant content of açai is truly exceptional: a single 100g (3.5oz) serving of our Wonderfruit Açai® packs has an ORAC value of over 6.000, more than enough antioxidants for a whole day!
To top it all off, açai contains no gluten, caffeine or cholesterol and is practically devoid of sodium and natural sugars.
AÇAÍ BERRY SMOOTHIE PACKS:
Açaí (ah-sigh-ee) berries are a superfood. In fact they have twice the antioxidants of blueberries and pomegranate and also contain healthy omega fats and fiber. I use organic, unsweetened Amazon Planet Açaí Purée. Açaí smoothie packs can be found in the frozen section at many grocery stores. To find Amazon Planet smoothie packs near you, click!
HOW TO MAKE A Healthy Açaí Smoothie Bowl
Simply put your smoothie ingredients in the blender, blend until smooth, pour into a bowl and top with fruit, granola, nuts or coconut. That’s it! For this simple smoothie I use two açaí packs, vanilla almond milk, berries, a frozen banana, and dates! Dates are my favorite way to sweeten smoothies. I love getting those sweet little bites of date with each spoonful. Be sure to use pitted dates and roughly chop for easier blending. Yum!
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Tips and what you will need: I use Amazon Planet Açaí Purée and a good high powered blender. I love my Blendtec.
A delicious, healthy, five minute breakfast or snack!
acai bowl, easy breakfast recipe, smoothie bowl
Servings: 2 servings
Note: Be sure to slice bananas and freeze in advance. Makes one very generous serving or two smaller servings)
Açaí berry puree
frozen banana (slice before freezing for easier blending)
vanilla almond milk
pitted dates, chopped (my favorite sweetener for smoothies!)
fresh berries (any kind, or a mixed blend)
- top with granola, berries, nuts, coconut…whatever you have on hand!
Remove Açaí packs from freezer and allow to sit for two minutes. Chop dates and place all other ingredients (except toppings) in a high powered blender. Use hands to break up puree in packs, add to blender. Blend for three minutes, stopping when needed to mix ingredients with a long wooden spoon and blend again. When smooth, pour into bowls and top with granola, berries, nuts, coconut…whatever you have on hand!
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