DIY Açaí Bowl
If you enjoyed the holidays as much as I did, you're probably overdue for some healthy meals. (You pickin' up what I'm putting down?!) I loved Christmas and New Years, and I made a point to really enjoy and savor the sweet moments I had with family and friends. Often, that meant saying yes to the cookie, the slice of pie, the glass of wine - you get the picture. And trust me, friend: it was truly glorious!
But now, alas, reality is upon us. It's January.
I actually love the month of January. I love change, and new opportunities, and fresh starts. And everyone has a "fresh start" this month. That being said, I'm not a big "New Years resolution" gal--but I do enjoy setting intentions, and being mindful about making improvements in my life in a gentle, graceful way.
One area I'm being extra cautious about is with regard to what goes into my body. For me, it's not about losing weight; Instead, it's about feeling amazing. In 2018, I'm trying to be more purposeful about incorporating plants, and less processed food into my diet. So you can expect me to share some extra tasty, delicious recipes that will keep you feeling lean, energized, and clear-minded as you tackle your goals this year!
This DIY Açaí Bowl recipe is an easy breakfast bowl (or mid-day snack - it's your world, after all!) that is chalk full of antioxidants, thanks to the açaí berry! The açaí berry is from palm trees found in south and central America. They're hard to get fresh in the USA, so I used an unsweetened açaí puree for this recipe, which you can order here. (You can also find berry powder at specialty health food stores.)
What I love about this recipe is that you can really make it what you want it to be. Add starfruit and kiwi for a tart bowl, or blend in peanut butter and top with granola for a hearty, filling bowl.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 pouch frozen acai berry puree
- 2 ripe (preferably frozen) bananas
- ½ cup almond or coconut milk
- Hemp hearts (protein and fatty acids)
- Cooked quinoa (protein and fiber)
- Flaxseed (fiber and protein)
- Nut butter
- Unflavored protein powder
- Star fruit
- Coconut flakes
- Chopped nuts or seeds
Thaw the acai berry purée for 15 minutes until soft, but not totally melted. In a blender, combine puree, frozen banana, and coconut/almond milk—along with any other preferred mix-ins for added fiber and protein.
Pour acai blended batter into a bowl, and top with desired toppings and voila! You have a bowl that’s tastier than a smoothie and packed full of nutrients. (Don't forget to tag me @tiff.kent on Instagram when you photograph your bowl!)