How to Build the Perfect Acai Bowl at Home

The pretty smoothie-like bowls you've seen all over Instagram are packed with vitamins, making them the perfect breakfast.

June 25, 2015
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Acai bowls are the latest food trend to have us 100 percent obsessed. Made with acai berries, acai bowls are a traditional Brazilian breakfast overflowing with antioxidants and healthy fats. Alone, the berry has no fat.

"The acai bowl is one step beyond a smoothie," says Eric Helms, founder and CEO of Juice Generation. "It [typically] features frozen acai pulp, granola, banana, and other fruits and veggies. At Juice Generation, we pride ourselves on introducing the healthiest options possible to our customers -- even those embarking on a healthier program for the first time. Acai bowls are somewhat of a gateway food for those looking to begin eating in a more conscious way."

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A gateway food, for sure. As much as we adore stopping into a local Juice Generation for a bowl every now and again (peanut butter acai, anyone?) -- we wanted to know how to create the same goodness in the comfort of our own homes. Helms gave us his tips for making perfectly delicious acai bowls in your own kitchen:  

Buy the basics: You can buy acai packs (try Sambazon Unsweetened Acai Smoothie Pack) in the frozen fruit section of most grocery stores. Use the frozen pulp in acai bowls or smoothies. If you're simply looking for your acai fix, acai powder is another fun pantry addition that can be added to all kinds of smoothies and sprinkled on granola. A popular brand? Navitas Naturals.

 

The right crunch is everything: Hemp granola is available at natural food stores and features hemp seeds mixed into a crunchy, oat, and seed base. It's easy to make your own, and you can use gluten free oats if you choose. 

Fat is your friend: Healthy fats and oils can add a host of their own intrinsic nutritional benefits to your acai bowl -- oils are a great source of energy for your body, trumping sugar in efficiency and impact -- and most raw oils come with a host of extra benefits. 

Top it right: After laying your acai and hemp granola base, add fruits, nut butters, and seeds as you please. Try layering the blended acai, hemp granola, 1/2 of a banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon of cocoa nibs to satisfy your sweet tooth.