Balanced Acai Bowl

Acai bowls and smoothie bowls are pretty trendy and for good reason– they are beautiful and tend to be packed with nutrients. All berries are packed with antioxidants, but acai berries contain even more than the average. Acai berries have been associated with slowing down aging and reducing inflammation.

Outside of the berries in this smoothie bowl, there are other beneficial ingredients like collagen, chia seeds, coconut, kale, and cacao.

Collagen: Provides amino acids like glutamine, glycine, arginine, and proline that help build new collagen, produce healthy DNA, support bone and muscle repair and heart health, and improves gut health amongst other things

Chia Seeds: Increase omega-3 intake—reduce inflammation and improve brain cognition, improve gut health and digestion, and naturally suppress appetite

Coconut: Provides healthy fats like medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that are easily absorbed by the body and help us absorb important vitamins and minerals

Kale: Cruciferous vegetable that contains anti-cancer compounds and is high in fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals

Cacao: Highest plant-based source of Iron, a great source of Magnesium, contains healthy monounsaturated fats, and is high in fiber

 

Are you wondering why I called this recipe “balanced” acai bowl? I balanced out this recipe by adding all of the ingredients above and it affected it in two ways.

1. Micronutrients: Adding in all of the ingredients above added a wide variety of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

2. Macronutrients: Adding in the collagen and grass-fed whey protein added protein to help balance out the ratio of protein, carbs, and fat.

I often see acai bowl recipes with acai puree, berries, banana, and some chia seeds. This leaves you with a higher carb amount, moderate fat, and very little protein. This can lead to imbalances in blood sugar, leave you feeling hungry, and affect your cravings.

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Balanced Acai Bowls

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

• 2 packets of organic unsweetened acai puree (I found frozen at Trader Joe’s)

• 2 cups organic blueberries

• 1 medium banana

• 1/2-1 cup unsweetened almond milk

• 4 tbsp collagen hydrolysate

• 1-2 scoop grass-fed vanilla whey protein

• 2 handfuls organic kale

• 2 tbsp coconut flour

• 2 tbsp organic chia seeds

• 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

• 2 tbsp organic cacao nibs

 

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients except for coconut flour, chia seeds, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs to a blender. Blend until smooth. The mixture may be thick. Slowly add almond milk or water. You want the batter to be thicker than a regular smoothie.

2. Once your ingredients are evenly mixed, you can place in 2 bowls. Add 1 tbsp of coconut flour to each bowl. This thickens the mixture and adds fiber.

3. Top with chia seeds, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs and mix in when ready to eat.

 

 

Please let me know if you try this recipe! You can send me an email at amandamontalvord@gmail.com or tag me on Instagram or Facebook @amandamontalvord.

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