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
- 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.