Ahhhhh acai. What a berry.
I remember my first encounter with the little devils. I was shopping at Costco with my mom when I was in high school, probably about 7 years ago, when we came across the bags of Brookside dark chocolate covered acai blueberry bites. Ya know what I’m talking about? If not, I’ll link ’em in here cuz oh baby are they delicious! But anyways, after butchering the pronunciation of the stuff, we decided to grab a bag and test it out.
(yes, that was written in Borat’s voice)
Okay, whatever this ah-kay stuff was had to be straight up magic. Oh, and after several months of pronouncing it wrong, we were finally educated on the correct pronunciation: ah-sigh-ee. But what the heck even is acai? I had never in my life seen or heard of it before these little chocolate balls of magnificence. So I put my Googling detective skills to work.
The acai berry is a small, grape-looking berry that comes from palm trees native to the rain forests in South America. Okay, now at least I have a picture in my head. So what’s this little guy good for?
PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING!!!!!
Okay not everything. But it is a superfood! It’s literally loaded with antioxidants and also contains electrolytes, minerals, amino acids, vitamins, fiber, and small amounts of essential fatty acids. So what do all those healthy sounding words mean for your body? All that means that these tiny berry beauties will help reduce inflammation, keep you healthy, contain MAJOR anti-aging benefits, help control your appetite, increase energy, help prevent heart disease, andddd improve your metabolism. So maybe they are good for pretty much everything!
Now that I knew the power of the acai berry, I knew I needed more than just the chocolate covered bites. So lucky for me, I stumbled into this cute, trendy new (at the time) place in Old Town Scottsdale called the Original Chop Shop. I had been wanting to try it for a while, and as soon as I walked in I knew I was in for a treat because the first thing I saw when I looked up at the menu? BAM. Acai bowl. I didn’t need to see anything else because I knew I was 100% ordering that. And then it came.
Life. Changed. Forever.
Several weeks and about 15 acai bowls later and I had become a full blown acai addict. But I was getting tired of the same bowl every time (since I didn’t know anywhere else I could get this allusive acai bowl), so again, I turned to Google. And this is when I discovered Sambazon! Sambazon is a company that just so happens to make frozen packets of acai. My life was now complete. I found it at my local Whole Foods Market (when I was living in the United States, now I get it from Planet Organic in Canada, but most organic markets should carry something similar) and began experimenting immediately.
Now I am about 7 years older, 7 years wiser, and 7 years better at making my very own acai bowl creations. I expect nothing but improvements in the future for my bowls, but for now I will share with you my all-time-fave acai bowl recipe. So use it well, my friends, as you embark on your own journey with acai bowls.
Pineapple Acai Smoothie Bowl
- Cut your pineapple in half lengthwise and remove the fruit from inside so both halves now resemble a bowl.
- To a high-powered blender, add: about ¼ to ½ cup fresh pineapple, Acai, your frozen fruit and veggies, peanut butter, and cashew milk. Blend until smooth and thick.
- Place your smoothie evenly in each pineapple bowl and top with honey, coconut, and fresh fruit. Enjoy!