These day’s green juices are as common as grande macchiatos. But what’s up with the whole smoothie-in-a-bowl trend?
Besides looking gorgeous in your Instagram feeds, acai bowls — a thick, purple concoction made with the superfood berry from the Amazon, and often topped with fruits, nuts and granola — boast tons of health benefits.
“Acai, which looks like a giant blueberry, is naturally sugar-free, has omega fats, which is great for your brain and nervous system — and it’s really high in antioxidants, which are great at fighting free radicals,” says Lindsey Bro, creative director at Sambazon, one of the largest producers of the Brazilian superfood.
Another selling point: It’s the perfect canvas for your noshing needs. Acai’s versatile flavor allows you to add in just about any ingredient you like, says Bro.
“Because it has no sugar, it has the ability to go in a lot of different avenues of flavors,” she says. “It can go toward mixed berries, [or] it can also taste like cacao. You can go savory or sweet or somewhere in between.”
This doesn’t mean you load up the bowl like you’re at the topping bar of your favorite soft-serve joint, however.
“Try to avoid tons of processed toppings [like sugary granola],” Bro advises.
To help keep us on the right track, we asked the expert to create three recipes to target common urbanite woes.