Health & Wellness

What is an Acai Bowl?

September 16, 2016
What is an Acai Bowl?

Last weekend I ran in a 10km fun run – The Bridge to Brisbane.  I ran with my lovely daughter and one of my Saturday Sisters, Caz.  After our fun runs we usually treat ourselves to a breakfast and a catch up.  This time, the girls introduced me to the Acai Bowl – I’d only heard of these recently and actually pronounced it incorrectly.  It is pronounced ‘ah-sigh-ee’ for your information!

Now maybe I’m slow but these have apparently been around for a while and the Acai berry is considered to be a new ‘super food’.  Yes, I know, another ‘super food’ to join all the others or replace those that were thought to be a super food in 2015 but are no longer in 2016!

Acai berry

The Mayo Clinic has described Acai berries as a new ‘superfood’ but also adds a caution.  There has been limited research undertaken on the health benefits of the acai berry although it is thought to contain more antioxidants than strawberries or cranberries.

Acai berries originate from the Acai palm in South America and contain antioxidants, fibre and healthy fats.    Antioxidants can help reduce the risk of heart disease, although an article I read in Harvard Health, Antioxands: Beyond the Hype , suggests that clinical trials have not necessarily proven the hype surrounding the benefits of antioxidants.

In saying that, of course fresh, healthy produce is obviously much better for us than processed foods.  I’m sticking to my philosophy of eating a well-balanced diet with the occasional treat.

So what is an Acai Bowl?

acai bowl

Firstly, it is delicious and a great way to start the day.  There are variations on the recipe but we chose the basic version. A layer of frozen acai berries (like a frozen yoghurt), then granola, then topped with sliced banana and strawberries.

After the run it was just perfect to sit down and relax with something fresh and delicious.

If you are interested in making your own, you might want to check out this article I found ‘Everything You Need to Know about Acai Bowls’ which provides some recipe ideas.

acai bowl

Have you tried an Acai bowl?  Did you like it?

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  • Reply Arlee Bird September 17, 2016 at 03:13

    I’ve heard about the “superfood” connection to acai berries for a number of years now, but ironically just a day or two ago I first saw an acai bowl advertised somewhere but I don’t remember where. Sounds healthy so I maybe should try it. If I can remember where I saw it.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 17, 2016 at 20:35

      They are delicious Arlee – great to hear from you.

  • Reply Jan Wild September 19, 2016 at 14:21

    Ah, just what I have been looking for, thanks. I have some acai powder and I keep forgetting to add it into some frozen bananas and then layering it up with other breakfast goodies, Now I am re-inspired 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 20, 2016 at 06:34

      I’m pleased Jan! At least you had some powder – I had never heard of acai but I might buy some powder and try your idea. Thanks.

  • Reply Leanne September 20, 2016 at 00:18

    This is a new one for me – there seems to be a new superfood out every time I turn around! They’re usually expensive and a lot taste awful – all the pics you posted look delicious, so this might be one worth trying 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 20, 2016 at 06:35

      Well it wasn’t that cheap Leanne but it was a delicious treat and healthy too! I know what you mean about the number of ‘superfoods’ around and yes I’m not a fan of how some of them taste either 🙂

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark September 20, 2016 at 00:34

    My daughter loves loves loves acai bowls. Whenever she’s home, she gets them for breakfast almost every day. They’re not my thing but they are healthy and they do look pretty!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 20, 2016 at 06:36

      Yes my daughter introduced me and I thought it tasted so good. I’m not sure I would buy regularly as it was quite expensive but it was a well deserved treat after the run that is for sure.

  • Reply Sheryl Kraft September 20, 2016 at 02:40

    I love Acai bowls! The first one I ever tasted was when I was visiting a friend in California – and now, every time I go back, I insist we get one. They’re so delish!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 20, 2016 at 06:39

      They are delish Sheryl (I use that word delish as well LOL) I think they are only starting to become more popular in Brisbane, where I live but they do taste good and they are healthy too so it is a win-win!

  • Reply Tamara Warner Minton September 20, 2016 at 04:09

    Yum. Looks delicious! They also look like blueberries, don’t they?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 20, 2016 at 06:38

      Yes they do look like blueberries Tam and they are rather sweet.

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski September 20, 2016 at 06:35

    Looks yummy! I’ve eaten Acai. Also, Panera Bread has Acai tea. It’s delicious. There are so many wonderful super berries and foods from South America. It’s hard to get enough of them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 20, 2016 at 06:40

      Oh I’ll have to check out Acai tea and Panera Bread thanks Rebecca!

  • Reply Carol Cassara September 20, 2016 at 08:34

    Well thank the good Lord you told us how to pronounce it. I had absolutely no idea. Haven’t tried yet!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2016 at 10:37

      Yes I had no idea until I researched it Carol!

  • Reply Estelle September 20, 2016 at 09:44

    I have tried the Acai berry, and know of its healing properties. However, I have never tried an
    Acari bowl, and it looks delicious.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2016 at 10:37

      It is delicious Estelle and very filling. Just the thing after a 10km run!

  • Reply Roz Warren September 20, 2016 at 11:30

    I’ve never tasted an Acai berry and I probably wouldn’t recognize one if I encountered it. But at least I now know how to pronounce it. Is it tastier than a blueberry?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2016 at 10:38

      Yes Roz I had no idea how to pronounce it but it tastes great. Yes a little like blueberry – sweeter I think but it was so filling and delicious.

  • Reply Charlotte September 22, 2016 at 02:01

    i’ve seen these all over Instagram and they look delicious, nutritious and healthy which does not usually happen! :p I definitely need to try one of these!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2016 at 10:45

      You would love it Charlotte they are so filling especially after a long run plus the taste is really refreshing.

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle September 23, 2016 at 20:13

    I have only had them dried, not fresh. Your pics make them look delicious. I don’t mind how many super foods there are, they obviously have some good benefits and will be a whole lot better than anything over processed or junk food.
    We need to be careful with these magnificent berries that we don’t overdo it and end up consuming too much fruit sugars.
    After that awesome run, you can eat all you want.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 25, 2016 at 03:22

      Yes fruit sugars can be a catch that is why generally we should eat the whole fruit rather than the juice. I’ve not tried them dried but I might look out for them.

  • Reply Bill @ The Money Professors September 24, 2016 at 10:49

    They do change the definition of superfood every so often, but I have yet to hear them go back and say a fruit was bad for you! I haven’t tried acai yet, but it sounds great!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 25, 2016 at 03:24

      I know Bill, sometimes I feel swamped with all the ‘latest health trends’. My motto is moderation but I really enjoyed the Acai Bowl as a treat and the health benefits were an added bonus.

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