Breakfast Recipes

Acai Bowls

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Yesterday around 1, I started to feel sharp chest pain but I thought it wasn’t a big deal. So I kept doing my normal everyday school things, but as I started to walk to my metabolism class, it hit me. I was so fatigued, every step I took required me to expend so much energy. Walking up the hill to class…omg I wanted to faint. I sat through my first 2 hour class (3-4:50)… and I couldn’t pay attention. Then I felt myself getting chills but I was hot. That’s when the fever started.. then I had another class from 5-6:50 but we got out at 6. THANK GOD! I couldn’t have sat through any longer.

I went home and went straight to bed & napped until 9. My boyfriend, Brandon brought me dinner! Thanks ❤ I was thinking of maybe having some soup or hot food. But nah. I wanted a turkey sandwich, haha and quinoa from Stonefire (my boyfriend works there) but I didn’t eat dinner until 9:30. Which is unusual because I get hungry around 6pm. I didn’t have an appetite, I wasn’t feeling it. I was fatigued & nauseous. I showered, took some tylenol and knocked outttttt at 1230.

I woke up at 10 this morning because my mom came in to touch my forehead… I could’ve slept longer! I am feeling a lot better but I’m still going to see a doctor soon. Still a bit nauseous w/ some chest pain this morning, so I’m staying home to recover! Dang it, I’m going to be missing my LISS workout today.

Anyways, the good news is I finally got to make my first ACAI BOWL. I wasn’t hungry , so it was my lunch. I’ve always been wanting to make it, because I get to put on my own toppings & it’s so much cheaper! YEY.

First of all, what is an Acai bowl?
Acai bowls have been getting very popular these last couple of years & with it’s health benefits, it’s even a bigger plus! Acai is a red/purple berry from the Acai palm tree, which originates from Central & South America. An acai bowl consists of the acai powder/packet blend along with some frozen fruit, juices, milk or other ingredients. It creates a thick, creamy & frosty texture! It’s like healthy ice cream or yogurt, EXCEPT BETTER 🙂 After the acai blend is made, granola, fruits, nuts and other toppings are sprinkled on top. They’re mainly for a breakfast meal, any meal replacement or an after workout snack.

What are the benefits of Acai berries?
Yes, acai bowls are healthy but just like everything else, moderation. Having too much of anything is not good. Calories also add up when you include your toppings. A 100g serving from the Acai Roots packet (100g) contains 73 calories, 3g of fiber, 15% Vitamin A, 6% iron and a bit of other vitamins and minerals as well. It also provides omega 3,6 and 9 and 6,100 ORAC. Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is the antioxidant power of the acai skin/pulp. Acai has been reported to have the highest ORAC value compared to many other fruits and vegetables, and 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes! Antioxidants helps protect cells from damage which may lead to disease (such as cancer). They are also low in sugar as well!

Although Acai bowls have many benefits, they are not remedies for any illnesses or conditions, but it is simply much healthier with added health benefits than other sweet desserts out there.

Where did I buy my Acai pouches? 
I bought my Acai roots pouches at a place called Elements Natural Foods in West Covina. I was deciding between this one and the Acai Sambazon brand, but an employee said the Acai roots was the best one. Thanks for your advice because it was definitely delicious 🙂 These have NO added fruits or sugar, just pure Acai. No dairy or GMOs. It’s gluten free & vegan. Perfect for everyone! How awesome is that?

This is what it says on the Acai Roots site:
“Fresh, top quality organic acai berries, gently flash-pasteurized, then frozen and packed into our convenient 100g (3.5 oz) packs. Each pack is an antioxidant powerhouse, providing OMEGA 3,6 and 9 and 6,100 ORAC units – more than 24,000 ORACs in the package! You get the unique flavor of Brazil’s best acai and the benefits of one of the most powerful antioxidants on earth.”

These pouches are way better than Acai powder in my opinion. A bag of acai powder was $26.99, which makes about 10 bowls. The Acai packets I bought was 4 packets (4 bowls) for $5.99. Packets are more worth it, and tastes a lot better.

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Ingredients (Makes 1 bowl)
Acai Blend: (267 calories) 
1 packet of Acai Roots Pure Acai (73 calories)
1 frozen banana (100 calories)
1 tbsp honey (64 calories)
3/4 cup Almond milk (30 calories)

My toppings: (348 calories)
1/2 non frozen banana (50 calories)
3 chopped strawberries (27 calories)
5 raspberries (10 calories)
1/4 cup blueberries (21 calories)
1/4 cup Nature’s Plus Hemp Granola (86 calories)
1 tbsp Trader Joes Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds (60 calories)
1 tbsp Trader Joes Organic Peanut Butter (95 calories)

I decided to be very specific with my amounts, including calories. You can add whatever toppings you want, but these are my favorites. Some people also add protein powder, peanut butter, apple juice or other fruits with the Acai blend to enhance the flavor.

Directions:

1. In my one package of Acai, there are four 100g packs and I used one. Wash it under hot water & cut off the top to put into your blender.

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2. Add your 1 frozen banana (I broke it into 6 pieces, so it would be easier to blend), 3/4 cup almond milk and 1 tbsp honey.

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3. BLEND it all together until rich and creamy. Pour it into a bowl. Decorate it with your fruits.

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4. I added my fruits, granola & peanut butter in the middle. Then sprinkled some hemp seeds on top.

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5. Delicious. Added a mason jar w/ some blueberries falling out for some special artsy picture, haha!

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Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Serves: 1
Serving Size: 1 bowl
Calories: 618
Fat: 25 grams (healthy fats!)
Carbs: 93 grams
Dietary Fiber: 14 grams
Protein: 13 grams

So delicious! What a great breakfast. Going to rest in bed for the rest of the day 😦 I even had I dream I went to the gym…

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