Breakfast in Bed: Acai Bowls

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Try Your Hand at These Acai Bowls

We’ve been told how important breakfast is since we were kids. Our parents made sure that we ate every last bite of our pancakes or cereal before heading off for school or to play with our friends during the summer. It’s the most important meal of the day. So why are so many adults skipping it?

Let’s start with something we do know — breakfast is good for you. 

According to data collected by Massive Heath’s Eatery app, people who eat breakfast are 12.3% healthier throughout the day than those who don’t. They also found that people who don’t eat breakfast eat 6.8% more throughout the day.

Eating breakfast has been shown to help maintain our blood sugar levels and provide power and energy for later in the day. It’s also known to help us make smart decisions — the foods we eat tend to decrease in healthiness by 1.7% for each hour that passes in the day. What can we do to make sure we’re on the right path?

Start strong! One of the best ways to start any day is with an acai smoothie bowl.

 

What’s Acai?

(ah-sigh-EE) Acai is a berry found in Central and South America. It’s low in sugar and packed with vitamins, healthy fats, and antioxidants — making it widely popular among health food enthusiasts. The Mayo Clinic states that acai berries are great for arthritis, weight loss, high cholesterol, skin health, detoxification, and general health.

Did you know?

  • Acai is rich in medium chain fatty acids like oleic acid (omega-9) and linoleic acid (omega-6)
  • Good levels of dietary fiber (great for cholesterol)
  • Vitamin A
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Fiber

Where to buy

Acai is becoming more and more popular in the United States and can be found at most grocery stores. If you don’t have luck at your local store, try popping into a health store! For this recipe, we used Acai Powder, rather than a solid berry.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups of strawberries

2 bananas

4 tablespoons of acai powder

2 tablespoons of nut butter (we used almond butter)

1 tablespoon of honey

1 cup of almond milk

Directions:

The best part about acai bowls are that they’re super quick and easy to make. Put all of the ingredients into a blender, except for the milk. You want your texture to be thicker than a smoothie, so add a little milk here and there to get a consistency that you like. If you put all of your milk in at once, you’ll have a soup, not a smoothie.

Toppings

This is where you can really get creative. Top your acai bowl however you’d like. If you’re watching your sugar intake, try adding almond and granola for a more fibrous bowl. We topped ours with fresh fruit, granola, and chia seeds.

 

*This post is a part of Loom & Leaf’s “Breakfast in Bed” series. Do you have a favorite breakfast recipe we should try? Share below! 

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