Balance out your carbohydrate-heavy acai bowl with a little protein from Primo Smoothie mix.
Like most of you reading this, we too are fans of the brazilian acai berry. Though we are generally skeptical of anything labeled as a "superfood" (as we are generally skeptical of most things, really), acai does seem to hold it's own in the ever growing landscape of exotic superfoods. That said, based on the best available information, there are other, significantly less "exotic" foods such as concord grapes and blueberries that have overall more antioxidant content that acai.
Here in southern California, it seems you can hardly throw a rock without hitting an acai bowl establishment (and if you do miss, you'll certainly hit a poke bar). Though we have been known to indulge in the occasional store-bought acai bowl (they're good, after all!), we personally exercise caution and view these as more of a treat than something we look to to do our body good on a regular basis. As with anything you don't prepare yourself, you simply don't know, and maybe don't want to know, exactly what went into making it! Acai is not a naturally sweet berry, so don't be surprised if your over the counter acai bowl is sweetened with additional sugar or other sweeteners to make it taste the way it does. This is not necessarily a bad thing, especially before or after a particularly active day or workout, but for the average consumer eating these things on a regular basis, this "healthy" snack might be a bit more than you bargained for. Add to that the toppings such as coconut, granola, nuts, additional fruit, honey, etc etc, and your healthy snack may easily be packing 500 carbohydrate based calories or more!
Enter our Primo Smoothie to save the day! When we make an acai bowl (or smoothie) at home, we like to blend in a scoop of Primo Smoothie, taking what would otherwise be almost entirely carbohydrate and balance it out with some clean protein and all the other healthy goodies found in Primo like probiotics, digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals, curcumin, tart cherry, and more. Acai IS a great source of fiber, so with the antioxidant benefits and the fiber and healthy carbs from the acai berry, plus a little protein thrown in the mix, you've all of a sudden got a balanced, healthy, nutrient-dense meal or snack. Instead of sweetening your acai bowl or smoothie with sugar, consider blending frozen acai packets with fresh berries, such as strawberries, to give it natural sweetness and add even more of a nutritional punch! More and more you can find pure, frozen acai puree and stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joes...so keep an eye out!
As the weather warms up and your training or activity kicks up a few notches, consider incorporating an acai protein bowl into your nutrition for a solid haul of healthy fueling.
Here is our acai protein bowl recipe:
-2 frozen packs acai puree
-1 serving Primo Smoothie (both vanilla and cacao work well!)
-1/4 cup rolle oats
-3-4 fresh or frozen strawberries (optional for additional sweetness)
-1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
-mixed fruit (eg raspberry, blueberry, banana), oats, coconut, and anything else you'd like for topping
-honey (optional) for topping
Lay down a bed of oats in a bowl. Blend the acai packets and strawberries with almond milk. Pour over rolled oats and top with whatever toppings your little heart desires!