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Enjoy the Benefits of Acai with this Smoothie Bowl!
This Acai Smoothie Bowl is the Bomb!
The warm weather is upon us again!
We are craving cool treats but of course we want to make sure our treats are healthy and packed with nutrition.
And as you'll see below there are so many wonderful benefits of acai and the antioxidants it contains.
Unlike the delicious low carb smoothies recipes we shared previously, this one has a few more carbs.
As an athlete, I allow myself healthy carbs sometimes; especially after I've had a long workout.
Benefits of Acai
Acai berries are Brazilian berries that provide 10 times the antioxidants found in red grapes and 10-30 times more anthocyanins than red wine.
Brazilians have traditionally used the acai to treat digestive disorders and skin conditions.
Acai is rich in antioxidants which help to lower cholesterol, relax blood vessels, reduce the risk of blood clots, and help ensure a healthy heart.
The high antioxidant levels also help to renew your skin cells and fight against acne.
Not only that, but these super berries help rid your body of toxins.
Acai is rich in fiber to improve your digestive health and help your body to absorb nutrients.
The berries are highly perishable, that is why you tend to find acai in juice, powders, and frozen forms.
So, as you can plainly see, there are many great benefits of acai.
And this is why I wanted to try making a smoothie bowl using these amazing berries.
Balance of Nutrition
When I created this Acai Smoothie Bowl, I just finished a four mile tempo run in 70 degree weather.
I knew my body needed healthy carbs, fats, and protein to recover.
After a hard workout, your body is depleted of glycogen and glucose.
Therefore, it is important to take in simple carbs to start the whole recovery/muscle growth process.
For the healthy carbs in this recipe, I used the acai berry puree to also get the benefits of acai as mentioned above and fresh, organic strawberries.
For the healthy fats, I used unsweetened, dessicated coconut. Coconut is made up of medium chained fatty acids that is easily digested and absorbedy by the body.
Exercise triggers the breakdown of muscles.
Consuming protein after a workout gives your body the amino acids it needs to repair and rebuild your muscles.
For this recipe, I used vanilla protein powder.
The protein powder was dairy free, non-gmo, organic, and plant-based.
If you'd like to know more about the protein powder I used and where to purchase it, comment below and we can direct you to the right location!
This is a great recipe for those worried about vitamin deficiencies as well since it is packed with nutrition.
A Versatile Recipe
Even though I made this as a recovery snack, this recipe can be eaten anytime!
Smoothie bowls are great for breakfast or snack.
You can add as many or as little toppings as you want.
I recommend things like desiccated coconut, fresh fruit, chia seeds, cocoa nibs, and honey!
Want to try other fruits in this recipe? Check out some of our other articles and recipes:
Acai Smoothie Bowl
- 1 Packet Frozen Organic Unsweetened Acai Puree
- 1 Cup Strawberries
- 1 Scoop Organic Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1/2 Cup Cashew Milk
- 1-2 Tbsp Dessicated Coconut
Grab one frozen acai puree packet and run under warm water for about 5-10 seconds to thaw.
Break the frozen puree into pieces and place into a blender.
Add 3/4 of the strawberries to the blender leaving the rest for topping.
Add a scoop of vanilla protein powder.
Add the cashew milk.
Blend until smooth.
Pour the smoothie puree into a bowl and top with sliced strawberries and shaved coconut. Feel free to add cocoa nibs, honey, or any other toppings of your choosing!
Fat: 7.5 g
Carbs: 25 g
Fiber: 9 g
Net Carbs: 16 g
Protein: 16.5 g
*Nutritional information is based on 1 tbsp. of shredded coconut and this protein powder. Depending on the protein powder and toppings you use, nutrition will vary.