I can still remember having my first acai bowl. It was on our honeymoon on the Big Island of Hawaii. We found this cute little wooden shack on the side of the road that made all sorts of good smoothies and such. But their acai bowls were the top runners for us! After tasting it there I knew I needed to find a way to recreate it at home. My husband worked at a smoothie shop in high school and so this is his recreation of it.
In studying more about them I came to find out they are super high in anti-oxidants which help to slow down the aging process. They are a good source of omegas and vitamin A as well. Being an esthetician I am constantly reading skincare books and trying to find ways to slow down the aging process. One dermatologist and author that I have grown to love is Dr. Nicholas Perricone. He has written some fantastic books on skincare. He mentions in some of his books the many benefits that acai berries can have for your skin. Antioxidants are such a crucial part to having great skin and I know that is one of my top requests in my job!
Luckily today it is even easier to get this super food in your diet. There are so many options today to incorporate it in your diet like juice, powder, frozen and more. Please be careful and read labels and buy from a trusted source. Many sources may be loaded with extra sugars that we don’t need.
4-6 oz apple juice
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 c frozen raspberries and/or blueberries
1 packet frozen unsweetened acai
Add all ingredients into a high power blender and blend until smooth. Sometimes you may need a little more liquid to help blend up but be careful not to add too much or it will turn into more of a smoothie like consistency. You can also add more juice to make a smoothie version as well which is super delicious as well. Toppings are endless…..granola, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds, berries, bananas, almonds etc