There’s a school of thought that says in order to ease yourself back from end-of-vacation blues you should do things that remind you of being on vacation so life doesn’t go back to normal so… abruptly. One way I am bringing “vacation” back into my normal life is with acai bowls. I had my first acai-bowl-experience while on vacation in Florida and again this summer in Avalon. It’s all about association – if I reminisce about sandy beach destinations for the 3 minutes that it takes me to inhale one of these nutrient packed bowls, than my end-of-vacation theory is totally working.
First thing’s first. What is acai and how the heck do you pronounce it? Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a dark purplish berry jammed with anti-aging antioxidants and healthy omegas. Cardiovascular health, weight loss, digestion, detoxification are among the other health benefits of this “super fruit”. Acai tastes like a wild berry that is naturally sugar free. And now that I have your undivided attention…. meet the acai bowl.
The recipe is super simple: buy the acai super fruit packs from the frozen aisle of the grocery store (Whole Foods sells them as well as Costco, Publix, and Mom’s Organic Market), then add whatever toppings your heart desires.
For my acai bowl, I take the frozen packet, blend it with 1/4 cup of coconut milk, pour the mixture into a bowl and add sliced bananas, strawberries, blueberries, granola, chia seeds, and shredded coconut.
You can add whatever toppings you’d like, but some other favorites are: greek yogurt, honey, nuts, flax seeds… and for the kids (or when the kids aren’t looking): Nutella or chocolate chips 😉
The result? It’s like a fully loaded sorbet/smoothie with a crunch.You can replace the coconut milk with almond milk, coconut water, or even juice. This makes for a great breakfast or after school snack.
One pack of frozen acai (I buy the Sambazon brand in frozen aisle)
1/4 cup coconut milk
Blend one packet of acai fruit with the coconut milk until it has the consistency of a thick smoothie. Pour into a bowl and add desired toppings.
Try it (or pin the image below for later) and let me know what you think!