BRAZILIAN BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS: ACAI BOWLS



Lately, I’ve been really big into blended fruit bowls for breakfast. They contain enough sweetness to wake me up and give me energy for a long day full of whatever it decides to throw my way. I find that it’s also a great snack any time you need a pick-me-up or some added energy around that slumming 2:00 feeling time. What I’ve found though is that although they taste delicious, they can quickly add up if you’re buying them everyday, not to mention the fact that they’re nearly impossible to find where I live, and since have decided to start making them on my own. If you’re not familiar with acai it’s an antioxidant rich berry from the Brazilian amazon, loaded with protein, and a host of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids – making it a wonderful way to start your day!







Ingredients:

2 packets frozen acai puree (3.5 oz)
1 banana frozen (cut in pieces)
1 handful of frozen blueberries
scant 1/4 cup orange or apple juice
scant 1/4 cup almond milk
1 scoop protein powder (optional



Toppings (have a little fun here!):
mango
blueberries
strawberries
banana
granola
goji berries


Take the acai packets (I usually get mine from the brand Sambazon at Whole Food’s – so good!) out of the freezer and and break them apart before opening. I suggest letting them set out on the counter for a few minutes to make this a little easier. Now, put the acai chunks, blueberries, and frozen banana pieces into the blender. Pour in a small amount of juice or almond milk and (optional) protein powder. Between blends you may have to open up the blender, move things around a bit, and scrape the sides or push down the fruits to keep things moving. Once you begin to blend you will be able to see how much liquid you need – go from there and adjust the thickness to your own desire, although; most people (like myself) like to create a very thick sorbet-like consistency.




And, walla! You can use whatever toppings you like – I prefer and always seem to cut up any leftover bananas or fresh fruit and usually add coconut shreds, almond slices and for an added kick of energy I’ll pour on a little bee pollen.


Enjoy!



xoxo

9 Comments

  1. Fash Boulevard September 26, 2014

    holy yum. This looks seriously amazing.

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    • Shelby Adelman September 27, 2014

      Believe me, I mean it when I say “I can’t get enough”!

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  2. Julia September 28, 2014

    Tried this the other day with frozen mangos mixed in as well and it was delicious. Thanks for the wonderful recipe Shelby!

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  3. Michelle September 28, 2014

    Have you ever tried them frozen as popsicles? It looks like they’d be great for kids and colds that way!

    http://www.chelleshortformichelle.com

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    • Shelby Adelman September 28, 2014

      I didn’t even think of that, what a great idea! I’ll definitely be trying that while my throat is still sore from all of this coughing!

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  4. Jodi H September 29, 2014

    Yum delicious.

    http://www.highheelsandtutus.com

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  5. Deborah Davis October 3, 2014

    Hi Shelby,
    What a delightful way to start the day! I always eat fresh fruit in the morning either as a bowl of fruit or as a smoothie. I love the idea of topping my fruit with your wonderful acai puree! II was in Brazil this summer and I didn’t think to ask about acai while there. I am so glad you shared your healthy and delicious acai bowl with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it!

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