There is this Amazonian berry known as the açaí ... before we get to far on this subject I would like to have a moment to discuss how fiercely the American people adopt and butcher words form other lands. If you were to show this word to ten people in the street nearly all of them would pronounce it differently (and incorrectly)... it is like the pronunciation crisis of the fashion world all over again (thanks youtube for fixing that one).
Step one, pronunciation- Açaí: Ah-sigh-y [aˌsaˈi]. This is not how the dictionary would break it down, but it makes visual sense, does it not?
Step two, knowing why this berry is qualified as a 'superfood'. The açaí berry is packed with antioxidants which are amazing for your entire being. They fight free radicals and have been proven to help prevent disease and oxidative stress on the body.
Step three, please realize that I am not about to tell you the açaí berry is the cure for all that ales you. BUT I will say that it taste good and isn't bad for you... so you might as well give it a go! What do you have to loose?
-PROTEIN PACKED ACAI BOWL-
What you will need:
1 packet of frozen acai from Sambazon (run under warm water and break it apart gently)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
*1 banana, 1/4 of it sliced and set aside
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp honey
Optional: kale, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, or pineapple
Add all ingredients into your blender and purée until smooth.
Top your lovely açaí mixture with remaining banana, berries, fruit, cocoa nibs, raw nuts or whatever your healthy heart desires! Due to my candida I opted for- unsweetened coconut shreds, raw walnuts, raw pumpkin seeds, unsweetened flax cereal and the tiniest drizzle of honey (shhhh don't tell my doctor)... which, I wont lie, was rather wonderful!
This makes for an amazing breakfast or a fantastic snack; leaving you energized rather than weighed down.
I must confess that I tried to get really fancy for you guys, making a super health, super superfood acai bowl... to say it didn't go well is an understatement. Adding kale AND a nutrition packed raw reserve, green superfood powder into the mix made for a rather... healthy tasting snack, if you know what I mean. This version however, came out MUCH better, so, give it a go and let me know what you think. I am still learning how to make this dish as delicious and nutritious as possible and would love to know even more, so if you have wisdom, SHARE IT... please.
Happy snacking everyone.
*p.s. that beautiful, banana covered bowl was for Drew... I'm not allowed bananas so I omit them from the recipe, however, if you can have them ADD THEM! Don't be a fool.