Friday, April 22, 2011

Protein Acai Bowl

Acai Bowls are one of my most favorite breakfast treats or afternoon snacks.  If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know I am obsessed with Acai Bowls.  By now I'm sure you have heard of Acai and it's wonderful health benefits.  This fruit which hails from Brazil, has gained a lot of popularity in the past several years.  During one of my trips home to Hawaii it seemed that the Acai Bowl had swept the island and this delicious treat was available everywhere.  One bite and I fell in love!  To the simple eye it might look like a simple parfait, but somehow it's so much more than that. 

One of my favorite places to get an Acai Bowl when I am home is at Blue Hawaii in Ala Moana Shopping Center.  I have yet to find an Acai Bowl as delicious as any that I've had in Hawaii, in a pinch I will go to Robeks or Jamba Juice to quench my Acai cravings.  That was until I discovered these Acai packets at Whole Foods and could make my own!  I've been playing around with adding Protein Powder into the mix and I love the results.  This is a breakfast that will keep you full till lunch. 
Acai Bowl at Blue Hawaii
Protein Acai Bowl

1/2 of an Acai Smoothie Pack
6 oz Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (Or any other liquid you want to substitue)
1 scoop Banana/Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1 cup frozen berries (I used strawberry and blueberry mix)
1 Tbsp Flaxseeds
Fresh Fruit (Sliced Banana, Strawberries, blueberries, etc)

1.  Run Acai smoothie pack under water for a couple of seconds.  Snap frozen pack in half, cut open and place half into blender. 

2.  Fill blender with almond milk, protein powder and berries and blend until a smooth consistency.  *You can add more liquid if you would like to turn this into a smoothie*

This pic has sliced banana's but I actually like it better without when adding Protein Powder
3.  Pour mixture into a bowl.  Top with a couple handfuls of granola, sliced bananas and berries.  *At this point if you wanted to add in additional nutrients like green tea powder, spriulina, noni juice, flaxseeds, etc layer it on to the Acai mixture* 
4.  Drizzle honey over entire mixture.  *The better the honey you have, the more awesome it tastes!  In Hawaii one of my favorite places uses locally grown Lehua Honey which kicks it up a notch*
The combinations for this are endless.  Yesterday I added some spinach into my Acai mixture and squeezed some lime over the mixture to give it some added freshness and tang.  Hope you give this a try, Acai Bowls are the new parfait!!  I really hope this gets more popular in LA, cause I would love to find a place like Blue Hawaii up here, for when I'm out and about.


Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Hi Lindsey! Where do you get this? At regular supermarket or Whole Foods? This looks extremely healthy. I'm "considering" dieting (if I have strong will), and this should be one of my menu! How about the price? said...

I have heard great things about this... I have never tried it and I have never seen it.

Our Eyes Eat First said...

love hearing about how real people are using healthy ingredients! it looks lovely with fresh fruit!

Tiffany said...

I used to only be able to get Acai in Brazil... now it's all over the US and I'm happier for it! Thanks for sharing!!!

Lindselicious said...

@Nami, I've seen it at Whole Foods and in LA its in most supermarkets that are in the "good neighborhoods". I think its around $5-$6 dollars for the 4 pack. Kinda expensive which is why I try to mix with other fruits!

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of this before, and I'm pretty sure I need it in my life! What a great after-school/pre-work-out snack :) Happy Easter :) Wishing you a fantastic week!

Jamie @ Wokintime said...

You're right! Acai is all the rage in Hawaii right now, but I still haven't tried it yet. It's on my list!

Karen said...

I've never tried acai...I've seen it at Jamba Juice too, but wasn't sure about it. Sounds great and your bowl looks so healthy and delish!

Anonymous said...

Yum :) I love this breakfast idea :) I'll have to make it for me from now on :)

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