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Brighten Up Your Day With An Antioxidant-Pumped Build-Your-Own Acai Bowl [Recipes]

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For anyone that frequently navigates the juice bar scene, you’ve probably noticed one exotic concoction spreading across menus like purple wildfire — the gorgeous, majestic acai bowl.  

If you have absolutely no idea what an acai bowl is, or if you’ve never sunk a spoon into its velvety deliciousness, you’re about to experience a divine culinary revelation.

Acai bowls are an explosive geyser of pure, mouthgasmic nutrition. They’re constructed on the back of the acai berry — an Amazonian “superfruit” that’s heralded (and often overhyped) for its massive antioxidant content; the highest among any non-spice in the world at 102,700 μ mol TE/100g.1

Take those berries in frozen form, blend ‘em all up, dump on a layer of uber-toppings, and voila, you’ve got a decadent (and gorgeous) vat of deliciousness that’s glistening with fiber, antioxidants, omega-3s, vitamins, and even protein. 

Before you storm Juice Generation, we’ve got a little pro tip for you: stop dropping $10-12 per bowl and make them at home. Acai bowls are the easiest “health food” you’ll ever make, you just need one key ingredient — frozen acai smoothie packs, which run roughly $5 per 4-pack (you need 2 per bowl) at most grocery stores.

Got your packs? Okay good. Use our stupid easy recipe to churn out a silky smooth Build-Your-Own Acai Bowl in 5 minutes flat — they’re THE perfect breakfast, snack, or post-workout fuel source.

 

How To Build A Bomb Acai Bowl


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Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Servings: 1 Acai Bowl

Ingredients:

 

Acai Bowl Base:

  • 2 packets frozen acai, unsweetened (we like Sambazon)
  • 1/2 cup coconut-almond milk (or insert any non-dairy milk)
  • 1/2 banana
  • *TRANSFORM IT INTO A PROTEIN BOWL. Add 1 scoop chocolate protein powder — acai is naturally chocolate-y, so chocolate protein works especially well. You can also use unflavored/vanilla for a different flavor.

 

Toppings (Recommended):

  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp. goji berries
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds

 

How To:
  • 1. Put the frozen acai, milk, banana, and protein powder (if you want it) into a blender.
  • 2. Blend on high until it forms a thick puree. Make sure it’s smooth and fully blended.
  • 3. Pour out into your bowl of choice.
  • 4. Top with cacao nibs, goji berries, granola, coconut flakes, 1/2 banana (sliced), chia seeds, and a scoop of almond butter. Feel free to customize it and add/remove ingredients.
  • 5. EAT.

Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

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References, Notes, Links

  1. ORACValues.com — Acai Berries []