The Berry Super Fruit

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I have to confess that I’ve never paid much attention to anything Acai unless it was covered in a thin coat of dark chocolate. My mom had bought a big bag of Brookside chocolate covered Acai berries from Costco once and that’s about as far as I got with those chocolatey morsels. Delicious as they were, I was pretty much in it for the chocolate… There’s no way you could get much nutritious value from chocolate covered fruit anyway right? :]

To my surprise, I came across a post on Food52 a couple days ago about “How to Make an Acai Bowl” and it turns out the fruit Acai is actually quite nutritious when eaten “appropriately”. I did some reading about the fruit and decided I wanted to try this out and perhaps make it a part of my diet frequently. The photos they have on the post looked good too, so off to the grocery store I went.

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The ingredients this recipe calls for in the blended portion includes frozen blueberries and pineapples, frozen Acai packets, apple juice, and bananas. All you have to do is blend up the ingredients! How simple is that? It takes five minutes just to get Omega 3, 6, 9, and plenty of antioxidants into my body. Instead of blending it into a smoothie, I made it into a breakfast bowl for my husband and I; topping it with granola and sliced strawberries while I added sliced bananas to my own. I have to say that although the recipe calls for honey as an optional sweetener, I found that it didn’t need any extra.

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So if you want a quick fix on a great boost of energy, these frozen Acai packets are great to incorporate into your smoothie or smoothie bowls. Not only is it simple to make, it’s super healthy and leaves you full.

For the Blended Portion (2 Bowls)

1/2 cup Apple Juice
1 Banana
1 Frozen Acai Packet (thawed and broken up)
1/2 cup frozen Blueberries
1/2 cup frozen Pineapples

Check out the link below for the full recipe on Food52!

http://food52.com/blog/12409-how-to-make-an-acai-bowl

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