I’m always looking for a new, healthy, quick breakfast that I can either prepare the night before or make in a couple of minutes. First, it was chia parfaits, next it was overnight oats, and now it’s acai bowls. I only recently heard of acai while browsing through Pinterest. I was intrigued, what was this ingredient that has gained so much popularity? After doing a quick google search, I discovered that acai bowls are the new trend. The Brazilian berry boasts high nutritional value and can be made into breakfast or dessert in minutes; my kind of snack!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Acai is most commonly sold canned or frozen puree. It’s perfect for smoothies or better yet, fruit acai bowls. Still skeptical about trying this berry? Well, let me tell you, this super berry has amino acids, omega fatty acids, and antioxidants that can help slow the aging process by boosting immune and metabolic function. Not only that, it has almost all the same vitamins and minerals of most fruits. Convinced yet?
I had no idea what to expect when it came to the flavor of acai. I decided to simply blend it with greek yogurt and top it with fresh fruit for a healthy breakfast. Much to my surprise, the acai was quite sour and needed a little something. To avoid adding sugar and other sweeteners, blend the fruit with a banana to make a more balanced base. Top with your favorite fruit and healthy granola for breakfast, snack, or even dessert.
Now you can go with pre-made granola, but many are high in sugar as well. Take a little time and make your own homemade granola, controlling how much sugar goes into the mix. A healthy addition to the mix? Kasha! Kasha, not to be confused with the cereal Kashi, is simply uncooked buckwheat groats. Slow roasting these kernels brings out the nutty, earthy flavor of the buckwheat.
Seasonal fruit, kasha granola, and acai come together to make a beautiful breakfast. Here comes my new addiction!
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