Acai and me – how it began
Acai bowls have been all over the place for a while now. You’ve probably seen them in magazines and in Instagram posts.
Clearly everyone seems to be head over heels about the refreshing breakfast treat.
However, when I had acai for the first time, no one was talking about it yet.
It was five years ago, when I woke up in Rio for the first time. Since I had no layover routine there I just ended up at the first café I could find.
I didn’t know what to expect from the purée that looked like something between chocolate pudding and berry ice cream. It was cold and somehow delicious, tasted surprisingly different from everything I had ever had before.
Love long distance
Once returned home I bought deep frozen acai packs at the Brazilian store in my neighborhood.
I tried to copy the bowl, but it tasted somehow earthy.
By the time I discovered Café de Casa in San Francisco, I had totally forgotten about the magic mixture.
It quickly became my favorite breakfast place for Frisco layovers. I loved going there, and soon my boyfriend did, too.
But every time we flew back home we had to live without it again.
So I took a second approach. But this time I asked Amanda, the owner of the café what the missing ingredients were.
Soon I knew it was banana and strawberries, the proportions I had to figure out myself.
By now I can make an acai bowl I truly love in my own home. The best thing is, I can buy the ingredients in my neighborhood at Ponto Brasil & Latino.
If you can’t get frozen packs where you live, leave me a comment and I’ll give you an alternative recipe.
Remember what I said in my “About”?
Create a life you always love to return to. You don’t wanna live just to anticipate your next vacation. So let’s upgrade your breakfast with this little jet stream here. And there’s actually more to acai than the delicious taste.
We all know the berry has the reputation to be the coolest guy in town or as they say “super food”. So probably you’ve heard that it contains all these vitamins.
In addition it can help with weight loss, as it tends to control your appetite. The berry supports your digestion and can protect the heart.
It’s also full of electrolytes, something I personally appreciate after my long flights.
So if I don’t have any coconut water around, acai jumps in to save me.
Talking of long flights… is it just me or do we all leave the plane looking more wrinkled? The antioxidant-rich berry supports nice looking skin. It can diminish scars, wrinkles and dark spots. This is something that just happens while you enjoy that tasty breakfast. Hello clear skin!
Acai and you – a match made in heaven
Sorry if I sound like a match maker here. But admit it, by now you wanna start your weekends with that little daredevil.
Here’s what you need for one bowl
- 1 pack of frozen acai pulp
- 1 banana
- 1 hand full of strawberries
- 1 hand full of granola
- a drizzle of honey
- When it comes to the toppings you can get creative. Some ideas are fresh strawberries, banana, fig, blueberries, cashew nuts, walnuts, dried coconut, goji berries, chia seeds or fresh mint leaves.
Try to pick topping that differ in their colors for a visual boost.
Break the ice
Stow one peeled banana and the strawberries in the freezer in advance. This will give your purée a creamier texture.
Now break the frozen acai up into pieces while it’s still shrink-wrapped.
Pour the bites in the mixer and start blending, slowly adding the frozen fruits. If you like you can sweeten the purée with some honey. Once it’s all thoroughly combined, blend on high for at least another 30 seconds.
Pour it all in a nice bowl and pour some granola on top.
Now arrange the other toppings in stripes of their respective color.
This way you will start you day somewhere over the rainbow.
PS: If you want some more inspiration on breakfast, click here: http://jetstreamsforthegoodlife.com/chia-coconut-pudding