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Acai Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

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I am so excited!  My frozen acai packs arrived yesterday, which means that I can finally join in on this acai madness.  I’ve been eyeing these bowl creations for some time and finally had a chance to remind myself last week to order a bunch from Amazon.  Amazon as in the shopping website, not the rainforest…although that is essentially where the acai berry originates.

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So what is acai, you ask?  And why the sudden obsession?  Well, as I said, acai berries are produced in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and have been used for centuries to heal and boost energy.  The acai berry is most commonly known today as a “superfood,” meaning its loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and omega fatty acids. Regular consumption (and/or use) of acai has been said to help lower cholesterol, heal and improve the appearance of skin, aid in digestion, protect against harmful free-radicals, promote anti-aging, and reduce inflammation (just to name a few).   I always try to maintain a colorful diet since fruits and veggies that are brightly colored are our best protection against disease.  And since I’m a big fan of anything purple, this acai breakfast bowl most definitely has my support!  The only downside is the price.  But I am not making this everyday, at least not yet.  So hopefully my frozen packs will last me a while.  Hopefully…..

Ok, so getting back to the acai bowls.  I’ve been following instagrammers who create such gorgeous breakfast bowls that not only make my mouth water but also make me wonder how long it took to perfect such art!  Anyway, I did my best with what little art skills I have.  This breakfast was super filling and so cold, a perfect choice for 90 degree summer heat!  Eat up before it turns to soup.

photo-5What you will need (for 2 bowls):

  • 2 unsweetened acai frozen packs (I bought mine here)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 banana (not frozen)
  • 1 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • 6 frozen cherries (or strawberries)
  • 1/4 coconut milk (might need a few tbsp more)

Some optional toppings:

  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • banana slices
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • sprouted grain cereal (crunchy)
  • granola
  • carob/cacao nibs
  • chia seeds
  • flaxseed
  • goji berries
  • sliced kiwi
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (or honey)

Blend acai, frozen banana, cherries, milk, and banana until smooth.  You may need to stop and stir, then add a bit more milk depending on how dry the mix looks.  I added 2 more tablespoons to mine.  The consistency should be thick and smooth.  Spoon smoothie into two bowls and decorate with your favorite toppings.  Mix it all up and wolf it down.  Beware of the brainfreeze!  Enjoy 🙂

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The after photo, with a few 70% dark chocolate chips 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Acai Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

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