Basic Açai Power Bowl
Açai berries are one of those incredible fruits, which is probably not news to most people any more. It’s very common now and the packets can be found in most stores, which is awesome because these berries are true powerhouses.
One reason I love them so much is that their taste and nutritional profile is actually not much like a fruit at all. They are very low in sugar, but rich in healthy omega fats, particularly omega-3s, which are the critical anti-inflammatory fats that most people eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) are deficient in. Plus, they are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and just looking at their color you know they’re packed with antioxidants!
One of the changes I made when I began focusing on my gut and digestive system was implementing some of the practices of food combining. If you don’t know about food combining, it works off of the premise that when certain foods are eaten together it can impede the digestion process, be very inefficient, and lead to toxic build-up, bloating, and gas.
While I don’t follow all of the “food combining” rules, one of the guidelines that I do follow and have benefited from has to do with fresh fruit. It applies the fact that foods require different lengths of time to digest, and fresh fruit in particular takes a very short period of time, usually within 30 minutes (except for some like bananas), so shouldn’t be eaten with foods that take several hours (like starches, fat, etc.).
All that to say, with açai being a fatty fruit, (one that takes longer to digest) I choose to blend mine with foods of similar digestion time, like avocado, chia seeds, dried dates or some frozen banana to slightly sweeten. For toppings, I avoid the fresh fruit and go for dried fruit, nuts and seeds, coconut, and buckwheat or sprouted granola.
The result is a breakfast or treat that is nutrient-dense and full of healthy fats, but still very creamy and delicious, and all of those amazing power-packed superfood toppings!
For my bowls I use Sambazon Unsweetened Pure Acai Berry, and for this specific bowl I’ve topped with dried goji berries and goldenberries, unsweetened shredded coconut, Terrasoul cocao nibs, sprouted buckwheat, Terrasoul hemp seeds, Soul Sprout sprouted cereal, and JEM Cinnamon Red Maca Sprouted Almond Butter . (That was a mouthful… literally.)
- Açai puree
- Frozen banana, if desired
- Chia seeds
- Water, coconut milk, or other nut milk, if needed
- Dried unsweetened fruit
- Activated or sprouted nuts and seeds
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Sprouted nut butter
- Sprouted granola/cereal
- Run your açai packet under lukewarm water until you can break it up. Open your packet and put açai in blender. I use one packet of açai for one large bowl.
- Cut your avocado in half and place as much avocado as you'd like into your blender. I use about ½ of a medium sized avocado. Add a few pieces of frozen banana if using, or add extra avocado if not.
- Sprinkle in the chia seeds remembering that this is what will help it thicken. The more chia seeds you add, the more it will become like a pudding, so I try to keep it to about a spoonful, but use as much as you'd like.
- Add in one or two dates to start. If I use frozen banana then I don't add dates because it is sweet enough, however, without bananas you will need a few, depending on taste.
- Blend until smooth and creamy, about one minute, streaming in your liquid of choice (water, coconut or nut milk) if needed to help blend.
- If your end product is not thick enough, add more chia seeds, frozen banana, or even some ice, and blend until creamy.
- Scoop this delicious, creamy açai into your bowl and top with your choice of toppings!
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