You can’t skim through Instagram for more than a few minutes before seeing one of these.
Or one of these…
Or one of these… (you get the picture)
Acai bowls are taking over the internet.
And we wanted to learn more about what exactly they are and why everyone is eating these glorified smoothies.
The small purple-ish berries have a ton of healthy antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats, but we didn’t quite understand the craze around the smoothie bowls, which we’ve seen on the menu in every juice bar we’ve walked into.
Then we tasted one. And we understood.
Ice Cream for Breakfast?
Acai bowls look like ice cream, almost taste like ice cream, and most people eat them for breakfast. It is the most delicious and nutrient dense ways to start the day. It’s basically a thick smoothie that’s been topped with grains, oatmeal, fruit or peanut butter.
We had our bowl at 3pm with a Redd bar as part of our #CureHangry snack. After devouring the whole bowl, we went back to work at the office until 6:30pm and then took a power yoga class and went for a bike ride around Portland, OR. We still had energy to spare.
The tart and flavorful berries are usually found as a frozen puree. We love the frozen berries from Sambazon.
The consistency is thick enough to be scoopable, but blended enough so it’s not chunky. It’s often mixed with other frozen fruits like banana and strawberries and using almond or coconut milk can make it extra creamy — of course then the bowl of frozen mush is covered in delicious (and beautiful) foods that make them irresistible to posting to instagram.
Redd Bars and Acai Bowls
This kick-in-the-pants superfood bowl is now one of our secret weapons for finding #ReddHustle when we’re feeling sluggish. We break up an Oatmeal Redd Bar and sprinkle it on as a topping along with berries and a drizzle of honey.
Here are a few of our favorite recipes: