AÇAI HEAVEN

I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to discover how easy it is to make homemade Açai bowls. It seems the famously ‘instagramable’ bowl, with the predictable hashtag #açaiheaven has become something that you’d rarely make at home. Actually, these bowls are super easy to make, easy to prep and most importantly, packed full of nutritious ingredients.
You’ve probably noticed health food stores and magazines pumping out more praise for Açai than ever before. Berries of all kinds are full of anti- inflammatory properties, in addition to vitamin C, vitamin A and dietary fiber. The açai berry is no exception; in fact it could be even more benefical to our health than any other berries.

Benefits
  • High levels of anti-oxidants. It’s definitely known as a ‘superfood’.
  • Great for strengthening our immune systems and fighting illness/infection.
  • Lowers cholesterol and promotes weight loss – The antioxidants present in the acai berries help lower cholesterol levels in the body, which in turn MAY help you lose weight and bring the body back to its optimal state. Healthy cholesterol levels are in line with creating balanced hormones, a good metabolism rate, and ridding the body of toxins.
  • Energy booster
  • Skin benefits
And last but not least, it tastes bloody great! I always find if I have something like this to start my day, I feel energised, awake and full for longer; which is particularly important with my busy and energetic schedule. Mind you, I can’t say I’ll be creating #açaiheaven before a 7am start at the studio!!

For the base you need:
~ 2 tbsp açai berry powder (I use Nukraft )
~ 1 frozen chopped banana
~ handful of frozen raspberries
~ handful of frozen blueberries
~ 50ml coconut milk (add more if too thick)
Blend until smooth!
And as for the toppings:
Anything goes, but my faves are homemade granola (if I’m pushed for time and haven’t been organised then I would use a sprinkle of Deliciously Ella’s ‘Original’ granola), blueberries, nut butter, coconut flakes, raspberries, banana; the list is endless. I have even seen some people go to heights of adding dark chocolate, chopped nut bars, or raw millionaire shortcake on top to decorate. Personally, I think there are better times to indulge on these kind of snacks, as the açai berry already holds so much flavour, you don’t need to go crazy on gluttonous toppings – but whatever floats your boat  bowl!
*there is also the option to use frozen açai, but i think the powder is a much more cost effective ingredient, and it lasts so much longer! 
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I hope you enjoy the recipe, and if any of you attempt a go at the recipe, please send me your beautiful creations or tag me on insta @sopha_sogood. I would love some topping inspo too! Oh and don’t forget the hashtag!!
Sopha x

 


 

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