Brazilian Acai Breakfast Bowl
(1 serving) Printable Version
This recipe and related information come to MrBreakfast.com courtesy of The Acai Roots Company. Following the recipe, take a moment to learn about the Acai Berry and The Acai Roots Company.Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend on high until desired consistency is reached.
Place contents into a bowl and top with granola, sliced bananas and strawberries (or your preferred fruits) to maximize your experience.
What is Acai?
Acai is a berry from Brazil found only in the Amazon region. Due to its nutritional composition and health benefits, acai is considered to be one of the healthiest foods available for consumers. This natural berry is loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, omegas fibers, protein, and vitamins; acai is widely known for its health benefits which includes, but are not limited to: healthy cholesterol management, improvement of digestive system, sustained energy boost, and strengthening of immune system. Acai is also a source of protein, calcium, vitamins A, E, and B6. The best is that acai tastes delicious - often described as a blend of berries and chocolate.
Antioxidant: Helps slow the aging process.
Omega Fatty Acids: Fights harmful cholesterol and prevents heart disease.
Phytosterols: Enhances the immune system and reduces blood plasma cholesterol.
Dietary Fibers: Nurtures a better digestive system.
The Fruit - Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-eeh) is a Tupi (Brazilian indigene language) word that means "fruit that cries". This dark purple little fruit looks very similar a grape or blueberry (very common in the US), with the difference that the majority of the fruit is seed (95%), and only the skin around the seed is utilized to make acai juice or pulp. The acai berry scores 67% higher in antioxidants composition than pomegranate, and over 500% more than in the blueberry.
Other related benefits:
Acai is also often linked with other benefits associated with consumption of antioxidant pigments, such as reduced risk or prevention of cancer, diabetes, chronic inflammation, heart and vascular disease, Alzheimer's disease and other types of neuro-degeneration, high blood cholesterol, stroke, bacterial infections, urinary tract infections, age-related visual deterioration and premature aging.
Even though the acai berry has been consumed for hundreds of years in the northern regions of Brazil, it was in Rio de Janeiro that acai's public awareness boomed - in the mid 80's. With the heavy consumption among Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters, surfers, runners, as well as others pro and amateur athletes, the famous acai bowl was rapidly associated with a healthy lifestyle, and consequently became a popular dish among all locals (known for being health-conscious). The acai bowl is the most popular way Brazilians consume acai and it is a breakfast tradition.
It is good to mention that the acai growth in Rio (and in Brazil and consequently in the world today) started because of the Gracie Family (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu creators and founders). Helio Gracie, the creator of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu used to import the acai for himself, his family and his jiu-jitsu students. The Gracies used to provide acai to their students, which created a demand. This demand made juice-bars in Rio that were close to jiu-jitsu academies to carry acai, and eventually other athletes began to use until it finally became a main stream product.
About The Acai Roots Company:
"Not just the berry, the lifestyle!"
Acai Roots' products are made from natural wild crafted acai berries harvested from the Belem region in the State of Para, where Brazil produces its "cream of the crop" acai (depending on the region it is harvested, the nutritional facts and taste can change). The company manufactures and distributes a full line of pure acai berry products formulated to exact standards by native Brazilians. Acai Roots is dedicated to supporting the sustainable harvesting of acai berries in the Brazilian Amazon to help protect the rain forest and support local communities in Brazil.
This is a perfect breakfast for spring and summer. I am confident you will love it! It's not just a berry, it's a lifestyle!
Mr Breakfast would like to thank AcaiRoots for this recipe.
Recipe number 2812. Submitted 4/14/2010.
Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Brazilian Acai Breakfast Bowl?
Overall Average Rating =(out of 5)
Based on 5 votes.
Love it! Healthy and delicious. I will make it again next week.
Comment submitted: 8/8/2010 (#11031)
Love acai. This is a pretty cool recipe. For desert sometime, try mixing acai pulp, bananas and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. That makes my favorite shake ever.
Comment submitted: 8/2/2010 (#11001)
I love their site and love their product. Acai is the best for taste and energy.
Comment submitted: 6/7/2010 (#10635)
This was delicious, but let's face it - it's really just a smoothie in a bowl. Next time I'll have it in a glass and enjoy it more.
Comment submitted: 5/26/2010 (#10561)
From C.C. Travis
Looks amazing. I love acai and use it for smoothies whenever we have it in the house.
Comment submitted: 5/16/2010 (#10505)
I love this stuff. I buy it at Trader Joes. I love it right out of the carton (after it's thawed just a couple minutes). The bowl sounds great. Will try it soon.
Comment submitted: 4/25/2010 (#10384)
It looks like a healthy and delicious breakfast option. -Mark
Comment submitted: 4/14/2010 (#10307)
From Anderson Smith
Acai bowls are awesome! And Acai Roots definitely has the best acai in the US, I have been a fan for a long time.
Comment submitted: 4/14/2010 (#10306)
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