There is nothing better to have these warm summer days than a big cold bowl of acai and blueberry smoothie topped with the freshness of all the tropical fruits you can find.
Acai berries are actually small, dark, palm tree berry fruits picked from the Amazonian rain forest. Known as one of the greatest sources of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and amino acids, one does not need to wonder why acai berries are dubbed as a “super food” by nutrition experts. Acai berries do not only make the skin smooth and blemish-free, it can also improve a person’s metabolism and immune system activity.
In this recipe, we are going to team acai berries with another super food, the Wild Alaskan blueberry. These wild berries naturally grow in a very cold environment of more than -70 degrees centigrade; and the only protection they have against this extremely harsh environment is the presence of exceptionally high levels of antioxidants, which is ten times the amount of antioxidants found in the common cultivated blueberries. In fact, a study released by the US Department of Agriculture reveals that these wild Alaskan Blueberries have a total antioxidant capacity that is equivalent to 16 herbs and spices, 10 different varieties of nuts, 24 kinds of fresh fruits, and 4 dried fruits.
Since acai berries and wild Alaskan blueberries are highly perishable fruits, we can always use the frozen ones commonly found in grocery stores. Another alternative method is to use Kyani Sunrise (which is loaded with more than 107,000 antioxidants), a rich source of not only the Amazonian acai berries but also the Alaskan blueberries.
So here’s the recipe:
Acai and Blueberry Summer Bowl Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
For the Acais and Blueberry Puree’
1/2 small frozen banana
1 30ml sachet of Kyani Sunrise (can be substituted to 1/2 cup frozen strawberries and 1/2 cup frozen blueberries)
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
For the Toppings:
1/4 cup watermelon, cut into cubes
1/4 cup sweet mango, cut into cubes
1/2 small banana, sliced
1/4 cup ripe papaya, cute into cubes
1/4 cup avocado, cut into cubes
1/4 cup granola
drizzle of honey, optional
1 teaspoon grated semi-sweet chocolate, optional
Place the puree ingredients in a blender, adding the softer ingredients first and some milk at a time. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Place the puree inside the freezer to set.
Place the fresh fruits and granola on top of the frozen puree, drizzle with some honey and grated semi-sweet chocolate before serving.
Nutrients per serving (1 bowl): Calories: 327, Total Fat: 9 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g, Carbs: 63 g, Fiber: 11 g, Sugars: 37 g, Protein: 4 g, Sodium: 106 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg