I especially love superfoods that come in powdered form because they're easy to blend into my morning smoothies and smoothie bowls. I knew when Sari Foods shipped me their Organic Acai Powder that it'd very quickly find its way into my breakfasts.
Acai — pronounced ah-sigh-ee — is a low-glycemic berry with a high concentration of antioxidants, omega fats, and essential amino acids. Acai is also a great source of iron, calcium, fiber, and vitamin A. It tastes like a cross between a tart blueberry and chocolate, if that makes any sense.
When blended with light-colored fruits and plant milk, acai's bright purple color shines! That's from the anthocyanin compounds, which gives purple and red produce it's deep, rich color. Anthocyanin teams up with flavonoids to defend the body against free radicals. Here's some acai blended with banana and protein powder for a quick, week-day smoothie.
But acai smoothies and bowls aren't always purple! If you combine it with enough green stuff, you'll end up with a very green smoothie, like this Green Acai Smoothie Bowl.
This was a perfect post-run breakfast last week. You can top the smoothie bowl with any fresh fruit or nuts you want, but I used trail mix, chia seeds, and coconut flakes since that's what I had on-hand. Here's the recipe!
Green Acai Smoothie Bowl
Yields 1 serving
For the bowl:
1/2 cup plant milk (I used almond-cashew)
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup chopped kale
2 tsp. Sari Foods Organic Acai Powder
1 scoop vegan berry protein powder (I used Vega One Berry protein)
For the toppings:
2 Tbsp. raw trail mix (mine had almonds, pepitas, walnuts, dried cranberries, & goji berries)
1 Tbsp. sweetened, shredded coconut
1 tsp. chia seeds
In a high-speed blender, combine the milk, banana, kale, acai powder, and protein powder. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and top with trail mix, coconut, and chia seeds. Eat!