We thought we would start off our nutrition blog by sharing one of our favourite recipes with you… We have tried to simplify our acai smoothie bowl recipe as much as possible considering the cost of all the extra ingredients, but feel free to get creative and add any of your favourite superfoods!
We alternate between serving this as a smoothie or an acai bowl, but we use the same recipe because we like to make our smoothies nice and thick!
200 grams frozen acai
1 frozen large banana
1 heaped cup frozen mixed berries (we use a combination of raspberries and blueberries)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Additional ingredients we love (optional):
1 tbsp lucuma powder
1 tbsp maqui powder
1 tbsp soaked chia seeds
2 medjool dates (for added sweetness)
1-2 tbsp nut butter (to thicken)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or vitamix and blend until smooth
- Pour into a mason jar, glass or bowl and top with your choice of activated nuts, buckinis, goji berries, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, fresh berries and coyo… or create your own combination! We also love adding a dollop of About Life raspberry-chia jam which can be purchased from all About Life stores (Cammeray, Rozelle, Bondi, and Doube Bay) or our homemade raspberry coulis (recipe can be found in our ‘basics’).
Read more about the nutritional benefits of acai here!
For the calorie conscious individual, acai berry pulp yields 315kJ (75 calories) per 100g. This is quite high due to the fat content, however it is also satiating and an important feature of this blog is to educate people to seek out nutrient dense foods, and focus less upon calories alone. This way, the body uses the nutrients (and the calories) to perform the innumerable tasks necessary to stay healthy and vital, whereas ‘empty’ calories are stored as body fat and place a heavy burden on the body. Acai is a great example of a nutrient dense food, hence its ‘super food’ status. Key nutritional benefits include:
- Abundant quantities of anti-oxidants which help attenuate damage by free radicals which can make us more susceptible to illness and accelerate ageing
- Good source of vitamins, including Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C and E
- Contains minerals, including calcium and iron
- Contains all amino acids (higher protein value than other fruits)
- The fat content in acai is primarily mono-unsaturated, promoting cardio-vascular and neurological health.
- Low glycaemic index – assists with blood sugar regulation
- Good source of soluble fibre, assisting with digestion and colon health
- Does not contain gluten
Note: Remember to choose organic acai pulp/powder where possible and read the label to ensure there is no added sugar.