On-the-Go and At-Home Acai Bowls

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Hey guys! Look 2 blog posts in a row!!! I’m seriously trying to get better and plan out my posts in advance. My goal is to get to a point where I post every day M-F, but for now I’m going to set a more achievable goal of 3 posts a week.

Anyways, I’m sure by now everyone has seen the craze over Acai Bowls/Smoothie Bowls. They are totally the cool thing to eat right now and smoothie/juice bars are lovin it. But are these pretty bowls of decadent fruit really that healthy? It depends. Acai in and of itself has a ton of health benefits such as:

  • Aids in digestion
  • Anti-aging
  • Weight Loss
  • Skin health
  • Heart Health
  • Immunity booster

Awesome right?! Yes… until you load it up with 18 other fruits and top with 2 cups of granola that is. Don’t get me wrong, fruit is wonderful for you and really helps with hydration early in the day. However, some places mix 5 fruits in the smoothie portion of the bowl and then also top with 1-2 bananas, a cup of blueberries, a cup of strawberries, 1/2 a cup of coconut flakes, a cup of granola, and then top it with more agave. WHATTTTTT?! Sugar overload.

Do yourself a favor and read the ingredient list and maybe ask your juice bar if they have the nutritional facts for the bowl you choose. An awesome example is Nekter Juice Bar- they provide nutritional data on all of their menu items and you can pick and choose what you want to modify if needed. Below are two of their most popular Acai Bowls which are both relatively healthy for how sweet and tasty they are. Also, you can ask for 1/2 portion size on the toppings and it makes it significantly lower in calories and sugar.

AÇAÍ BANANA BERRY BOWL

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Açaí, strawberry, blueberry, banana, and housemade vanilla cashew milk blended together and topped with hempseed granola, fresh strawberry, blueberry, banana, and agave nectar.
390 cal.

AÇAÍ MANGO BOWL

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Açaí, banana, pineapple, mango, coconut butter, and housemade cashew milk blended together and topped with hempseed granola, coconut flakes, banana, and agave nectar.
320 cal.
Are you drooling yet? Cuz I am…. bout to go make a homemade acai smoothie bowl after writing this post 🙂 I just buy the frozen Acai pouches from Whole Foods and blend with frozen blueberries, unsweetened cashew milk, Frozen Mango, and stevia then top with some Dried Blueberries and Goji Berries, Muesli and a sprinkle of Cacao Powder and Agave 5. Yum!
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Has anyone else tried making an acai bowl at home? What do you use?
xoxo,
Abby
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