Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl

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acai bowl with banana, strawberries, chia seeds granola

Enjoy a healthful, filling breakfast with our Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl! Filled with satiating ingredients such as frozen berries, spinach, flax seeds, and almond milk, this meal is sure to keep you smiling until lunch time. Not only is this smoothie bowl beautiful, decadent, and healthy, but it contains the ever so popular acai berry. Over the past few years, these “super power berries” have grabbed the media’s attention, but are the claims really true?

Acai berries contain many polyphenolic anthocyanin compounds like resveratrol, cyanidin-3-galactoside, ferulic acid, delphinidin, petunidin as well as astringent pro-anthocyanidin tannins like epicatechin, protocatechuic acid and ellagic acid. Scientific studies suggest that these compounds have been claimed to act as anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer functions by virtue of their anti-free radical fighting actions (1). The result? Acai berries are a great source of antioxidants, but they are no more superior than any other berry available, making the “super power” claims untrue. But regardless of the scientific facts, these berries are still a great option to include in your normal diet, which is why this smoothie bowl is one that will have you coming back for more. Bon appetit! 

Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 pack acai berries, frozen and unthawed, unsweetened
  • ½ small banana, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons raspberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Toppings (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon strawberries, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • Coconut
Instructions
  1. Place acai berries, banana, raspberries, strawberries, spinach, flax seeds, and almond milk in a blender on low and mix until smooth.
  2. Place the blended mixture into a bowl and top with desired toppings.
Calories: 385 calories, Fat: 18 grams, Saturated fat: 3 grams, Carbohydrates: 48 grams, Sugar: 25 grams, Sodium: 140 milligrams, Fiber: 11 grams, Protein: 10 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Notes
You can substitute strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries for fruits of your choice.[br]Instead of granola, you can add nuts or seeds.[br]You can swap kale or mixed super greens for spinach.

(1) Zafra-Stone, S., Yasmin, T., Bagchi, M., Chatterjee, A., Vinson, J. A. and Bagchi, D. (2007), Berry anthocyanins as novel antioxidants in human health and disease prevention. Mol. Nutr. Food Res., 51: 675–683. doi:10.1002/mnfr.200700002

 

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