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Monday, July 16th, 2012

Acai Superfood Bowl Recipe + Health Benefits of Acai!

Monday, July 16th, 2012

After recently discovering Blenders and Bowls here in Austin I have become obsessed with Acai bowls. They are delicious, super nutritious, and keep you full for hours! I recently decided to make my own superfood version since I have been travelling quite a bit lately and could use a little boost! This acai bowl is great for breakfast, as a snack, or as a light meal.

Acai Superfood Bowl Recipe

You’ll need:

Blend the frozen acai pack, fruit, apple juice, acai powder, spirulina, maca, and colostrum in a high speed blender until smooth. I always use a VitaMix and I LOVE it. I highly, highly recommend saving up for one, you will be so happy you did!! Add more apple juice as needed but remember you want it to be really thick like ice cream, not soupy!

Pour blended mixture into a bowl and top with granola, sliced fruit of choice (strawberries, banana, peaches, and blueberries are all lovely), goji berries and cacoa nibs.

One thing to remember about superfoods: you don’t have to use them. You can make a basic acai bowl with just the frozen packet, fruit, and juice and top it with sliced fruit and granola.

I added superfoods because I wanted this bad boy to be PACKED with extra minerals and nutrition. I’ve been travelling a lot lately and not always making the best food choices. That’s lead me into a cycle of cravings during the day that I don’t normally have. Cravings are really our body’s cry for more nutrition. I knew that the more mineral dense foods I had, the faster those cravings would go away. Hence the over the top amount of superfoods I added!

I know that superfoods can be overwhelming for some people. Have no fear, simply pick one to start and add them in slowly over time. Acai is a great one to start with.

Some of the amazing health benefits of Acai are:

1. Heart Health: Similar to red wine, research shows that acai berries are extremely high in anthocyanins, a form of plant antioxidant associated with the ability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream. They are also rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits to our cells. It does this by preventing blood clots, improving overall blood circulation, and relaxing the blood vessels.

2. Antiviral, Antibacterial & Anti-Parasitic Agent: Scientists from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro have shown that consuming acai extract can help fight both viral and parasitic infections.

3. Aids in Weight Loss: Known by nutritionists as a super-food, acai may help us not only lose weight, but maintain a healthy weight. One interesting study from the National Institutes of Aging found that pulp from the acai berry had the ability to reduce the negative effects of a high-fat diet in laboratory studies on flies.

4. Promotes Skin Health: Currently, many modern beauty products are carrying acai oil, again due to the oil’s high antioxidant content. What is more, acai oil is a great natural alternative to chemical based skin-care products that harm the skin in the long-run. Taken internally, the berries can also give your skin a healthier glow. In fact, Brazilians have been eating acai berries for centuries to treat skin conditions.

5. Helps with Digestive Upset: Taking acai may also aid in keeping our digestive system clean and in optimal function. The berries have powerful detoxification capacities in the human body and is a well-known traditional source of dietary fiber.

6. Anti-Allergenic Substance: Acai berries contain anti-inflammatory properties that may prevent the typical inflammation response associated with allergic reactions.

7. Improved Cellular Health: On a general level, the anthocyanins found in acai play a role in our cellular protection system, helping to keep cells strong against the invasion of free radicals.

8. May Help Prevent Cancer: Acai is very high in Vitamin C and ellagic acid, an immune-system-boosting combination that has been shown to suppress the growth of cancer. One study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that polyphenolic compounds extracted from acai could reduce cancer cell proliferation by 56-86%. It is thought that acai’s phytochemcials can stop the process of carcinogenesis on a molecular level, killing off tumorous cells before they multiply. Acai is particularly indicated for the prevention of prostate enlargement.

9. Anti-Aging Effects: Extremely high in many forms of plant phytochemicals (antioxidants), acai berries may contribute to an ability to slow or reverse typical processes of ageing related to inflammation and cellular oxidative damage. In fact, the berries are one of the planets highest sources of antioxidants, with one berry holding ten times the amount of antioxidants as grapes, and two times the amount of blueberries.

10. Boost in Energy: Due its overall health benefits, taking acai extract can lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina, and may aid to combat fatigue and exhaustion.

11. Better Sex: This famous red berry has also been linked to overall increased blood circulation in the human body, a phenomenon that may contribute to a boost in sex drive, especially for men.

12. Improves Mental Function: Preliminary research studies show that acai may prevent mental imbalance in menopausal women.

If possible, try to buy locally grown, organically-certified Acai. Not only are they safer, but taste better too. If you can’t find acai berries, another good source of antioxidant fruits are goji berries. – source

Take it slow and start with the frozen Sambazon Acai Pack and/or Acai powder. You can make an acai bowl or even add it to a smoothie!

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