Are Acai Bowls Healthy?

18 April 2020

Food

The answer is a resounding yes! Rich in healthy fat yet low in sugar, Acai is unlike many other fruits. Mix acai berry with other like-minded whole grains, nuts, seeds, and fruit, and you’ve got a nutrient-dense meal to kick start your day the right way!

Acai Calories

What about Acai calories? Acai Berries are only 70 calories per 100 grams of unsweetened pulp. You can thank the low-calorie count to its low sugar level, 0 grams in fact. You’ll also get low carbs — 5 grams, high fiber — 4 grams, and healthy fat — 5 grams. This is the nutrient combo you need to feel full not just for the short term, but well into the day. Acai is one powerful fruit.

How Else are Acai Bowls Healthy?

An Acai bowl can be made with whatever ingredient you choose. Though, what you choose impacts the nutrient benefits of the bowl overall. The most popular ones combine Acai berry pulp with high anti-oxidant fruits, honey, granola, coconut, even kale or spinach.

Here are two incredibly healthy Acai bowl recipes from Clean Eating Magazine that are easy to make and absolutely tasty:

Hawaii 5-0 Rainbow Bowl

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 small banana
  • 1 100-g (3.5-oz) pack frozen unsweetened acai berry pulp (TRY: Sambazon Unsweetened Acai Smoothie Pack; before opening your acai pack, run pack under water for 5 seconds to thaw and break the frozen pulp into smaller pieces.)
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

TOPPINGS:

  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 kiwi, peeled and sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 small banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup peeled and chopped pineapple or mango
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup granola, optional
  • Drizzle of raw honey, optional

For preparation instructions and detailed nutritional information, visit Clean Eating Magazine

Green Tropicalada Bowl

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup fresh kale
  • 1/2 small banana
  • 1 100-g (3.5-oz) pack frozen unsweetened acai berry pulp (TRY: Sambazon Unsweetened Acai Smoothie Pack; before opening your acai pack, run pack under water for 5 seconds to thaw and break the frozen pulp into smaller pieces.)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (TIP: Instead of almond milk, you can substitute a mix of ¼ cup coconut milk combined with ¼ cup water.)

TOPPINGS:

  • 1/2 small banana, sliced
  • 2 tbsp peeled and chopped pineapple
  • 1/4 cup granola, optional
  • 1 to 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Drizzle of raw honey, optional

For preparation instructions and detailed nutritional information, visit Clean Eating Magazine.

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