We have been fans of the Acai (Ah-sigh-EE) bowl craze since it began.
Acai is not only delicious, but it is GOOD FOR YOU. The pulp of the acai berries contain antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats.
Where does it come from?
The acai berry comes from acai palm trees, which are native to South America, specifically growing on the banks of the Amazon.
Where to start..
You could say that at this point, we are acai bowl pros. Frozen acai can be purchased at your local grocery store. We recommend Sambazon. Once you have your frozen pack, you can throw it in the blender with your choice of fruit juice, coconut water or even almond milk (for a creamier taste). Depending on how you like the consistancy of your acai bowl will determine the amount of liquid you add to your bowl. (This will be perfected with time). We also suggest adding a banana while blending if you like a thicker consistancy. Extra bonus: Toss some kale or spinach in at this stage! The acai will hide the taste and you will still get your greens in.
So, what to put on your bowl?
Toppings are crucial to your acai bowl and its tastiness. Here are some great ideas to jazz up your bowl:
- Fresh Fruit (Strawberries, bananas, mango, pineapple, blueberries, kiwi etc.)
- Granola: Fiber
- Peanut or Almond Butter: Protein
- Cacoa Nibs: great source of antioxidants; including procyanidins and flavanoids (which have been linked to ANTIAGING qualities!)
- Unsweetened Coconut Shavings
- Bee Pollen: aids endurance and athletic performance/stamina
- Almonds: calcium, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, protein AND fiber
- Chia Seeds: Fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants and Omega-3
- And lastly, a drizzle of honey
If you don't feel like making your own, here are some of our favorite spots in the NYC area to scoop up a fresh and delicious bowl:
- Two Hands--Pictured above--We also LOVE the avocado toast (Little Italy)
- Juice Generation--we love the PB Acai bowl
- Happy Bowls--If you are in Montauk or the Hamptons this summer (BUILD YOUR OWN BOWL STYLE)