Acai Bowl – Lower-Calorie, Vegetarian
Acai smoothie bowl makes a great breakfast or snack. They are light and filling and you can top them with your favorite toppings.
Raise your hand if you’re obsessed with acai bowls. They are light, refreshing, and the perfect meal when you’re looking for something quick and easy to eat. I make them fairly often. I used to go buy them at local shops, but they’re quite pricey. Making them at home is way more cost effective. I buy the Acai packets of frozen acai puree at Costco and they’re already divided up into perfect portions, so those are my favorite.
What is Acai?
Acai is a berry that grows on the acai palm tree and is about an inch long, reddish-purple fruit, and looks similar to a grape. They are native to Brazilian rainforests. The shelf like of an acai berry is so short which is why you never find them fresh in stores, but frozen instead.
Are Acai berries healthy?
With only about 70 calories a cup, Acai is packed with plenty of vitamins and other nutrients. It is rich in antioxidants, having three times the amount found in blueberries. Acai berries are rich in fatty acids, especially oleic, palmitic, and linoleic acids.
To make the Acai bowl, break up the frozen chunks of Acai from one packet. Then, place the apple juice, frozen banana, frozen berries, yogurt, and Acai pieces in the blender and blend until smooth. When you blend them with a liquid, such as juice or milk, and other fruits it turns into the consistency of a smoothie. The goal is to get a thicker consistency so you can eat it with a spoon in a bowl. If the consistency is a little too thin you can add ice to thicken it up a bit.
The blended acai can also be drank as a smoothie with a thick straw. They are equally as delicious and also a great option if you are taking it to go. If you choose to eat your blended acai as a bowl there are so many great toppings that you can add to make it even more awesome.
I like topping my bowl with sliced bananas and strawberries, then adding some granola and drizzling the top with honey.
What toppings are good on on Acai bowl?
There are endless possibilities for topping your smoothie bowl. Popular toppings include coconut flakes, almonds, cashews, cacao nibs, blueberries, raspberries, chia seeds, flax seeds, plus much more.
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Ingredients for Acai Bowl
- Acai frozen packets
- Apple juice
- Frozen berries
- Greek yogurt
Calories per serving (1 bowl): 323
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Acai Bowl - Lower-Calorie, Vegetarian
- 100 grams Acai packet, frozen and broken into pieces
- 6 oz apple juice
- 1 small banana, frozen
- 1 1/2 cups frozen berries
- 1 5.3 oz Greek vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 small banana, sliced
- 1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp granola
- Place the apple juice, frozen banana, frozen berries, yogurt, and Acai pieces in the blender.
- Blend until smooth. If consistency is too thin, add ice and blend until desired consistency.
- Divide the smoothie into two bowls.
- Arrange the banana slices, strawberry slices, granola, and honey over the smoothie bowl.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
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