Who would have thought eating a smoothie out of a bowl could now be the latest health food trend? Cafes dotted around the Peninsula serving colourful bowls of frozen smoothie topped with fresh fruit, fancy grains and granolas and finished with a pretty purple flower that makes the whole thing look almost too good to eat. Almost.
My name is Bree and I currently am addicted to Acai Bowls. Yes it’s embarrassing to say, but the joy and satisfaction I get from the delicious mix of Acai Berries and frozen banana is worth the hole it burns in my pocket every morning and my ever flowing bank statements lined with café names and an approximate $15 charge to my account. For those of you playing at home, Acai is pronounced Ah-sigh-e – duly named due to the sigh I give every time I hand my credit card over.
My addiction has even spread as far as my boyfriend, who now pleads that our new Sunday morning coffee and brekkie is “one of those purple bowls”. This is when I knew it had gone too far.
(Photo Courtesy: Bree Buchanan – RAW Meet – Somerville)
As I pondered my inevitable bankruptcy due to a delicious little purple berry and the possibility of my skin turning purple… I decided to do a little recipe research. After many trials (always ending in a not so bad need to eat the end product), I finally found the perfect Acai Bowl recipe. For all the Acai-Bowl addicts out there who like me, have a bank account that can’t support their daily desire, I’ve included the recipe below to make at home, in your own privacy, where the café staff can’t judge you because that same girl has served you four times this week, and already has the blender ready when she sees you walk in the door.
(Photo Courtesy: Bree Buchanan, Store Fifteen, Mornington)
For all of you at home who may be new to Acai Bowls (what rock have you been living under), I thought I might include some temptations as to why you should join our Acai Bowl cult.
- Acai Berries contain very high levels of antioxidants, and are actually known to be have the highest antioxidant levels of ANY fruit!
Antioxidants help prevent oxidation of molecules that can damage our cells and make us more prone to disease and ageing.
- They are also rich in fatty acids such as Omega 3, 6, and 9 (good for the vegetarians out there who don’t eat fish!)
Healthy fatty acids such as these can help support a healthy heart and nervous system.
- Contain plenty of fibre to keep us regular and can also help support a healthy cardiovascular system.
- Bursting (literally), with loads of essential vitamins and minerals
- Contain amino acids that can help our muscles perform optimally, produce energy and strength.
Recipe: Serves 2
- 4 tbs acai powder
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup (little more if you like it sweet)
- 1 frozen banana
Banana, berries (gojis are great), nuts or seeds, coconut, granola, buckini or fresh fruit.
Below is my proud efforts to make my homemade Acai Bowl look a little bit like my favourites from Store Fifteen and Raw Meet Café. I’m now afraid my addiction may have just moved to inside the home 🙂
By Bree Buchanan, nutrition student