Beautifying Your Breakfast: How to Make an Acai Smoothie
Acai smoothies are a massive trend right now. How could they not be? They’re delicious, easy, and have major health benefits.
These are great for a quick morning breakfast that will keep you fueled all day. You can prepare them in advance and save them until you’re ready to eat, so eating on the go is no problem.
Loaded with your favorite fruit, these smoothies can please even the pickiest of eaters. They’re great for kids, families, and anyone with a busy life. Being healthy has never been so delicious with an acai smoothie.
What is an Acai Berry?
Native to South American rain forest, acai berries are harvested from palm trees. After being soaked to remove their tough outer skin, they’re mashed into a paste to be eaten.
These delicious grape-like fruits have major health benefits. Acai berries are rich in antioxidants, which can help neutralize the effects of free radicals. Without this neutralization, diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are at higher risk.
Acai berries have also been found to improve cholesterol, boost brain function, and be dense in nutrients. For something to taste so good, it’s doing a lot of work.
How to Make an Acai Smoothie
An acai smoothie is a great way to give yourself a morning boost. It’s a simple and easy process with a high payoff.
- 3.5 oz packet of frozen acai
- 1½ cups of mixed fruit
- 1 cup of almond or regular milk
Throw all these ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Enjoy immediately.
Another way to make an acai smoothie is to make it in a bowl. This is one of the more common methods, but it takes a little more time than a traditional smoothie. It also requires you to eat it with a spoon, so it’s not as portable for on the go life.
To make a smoothie bowl, you’ll need:
- 3.5 oz packet of frozen acai
- 1½ cups of frozen mixed fruit
- ⅓ cup of almond or regular milk, or a juice of your choice
- 1½ cup of unflavored yogurt (optional)
The important difference between a smoothie bowl and a smoothie is that the fruit starts frozen. You’ll want to slice all your fruit and add it to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Place this in the freezer and wait until they’re frozen all the way through.
Start by blending your milk or juice and yogurt on a high-speed. Once smooth, add in your frozen fruit and packet of frozen acai. On low speed, blend the mixture together until incorporated. If your blender has a tamper, you can use it to push down the fruit.
Blend on low until smooth. The consistency of the acai smoothie bowl should be thicker than that of a regular smoothie. The key is that the smoothie bowl is scoopable and not watery.
You will only want to add more liquid if the smoothie is too hard. If it’s too watery, add more frozen ingredients: either frozen fruit or ice.
One of the favorite parts of acai smoothies for many people are the toppings. This is where you get to customize your smoothie. Because of this, acai smoothie bowls are great for families; you can make one base, and everyone can add toppings of their choice.
Common toppings are:
- Fruit: strawberry, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, goji berries, mangos, and kiwis
- Nuts: almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, and macadamias
- Nuts are usually chopped or sliced to make them easier to eat.
- Seeds: hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, and trail mix
- Other: granola, oats, almond butter, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, peanut butter, Nutella, and honey
Once you’ve got your toppings, it’s time to dress the bowl up. Layer the sliced fruit, sprinkle on the nuts and seeds, drizzle on some honey or almond butter. You can make your toppings as neat or as messy as you’d like.
Some people go for neat rows of fruit and seeds. Others choose a more organic look, with the ingredients piled on top of each other. No matter how it looks, your acai bowl is guaranteed to be delicious.
As much fun as you can have, it’s important to remember not to overdo it on the toppings if you want the acai smoothie to remain a healthy snack. It can be very easy to think since everything is a healthy ingredient, you can eat as much of it as you want. Overloading on fruit can give you more sugar than you need in a day.
Similarly, toppings like almond butter, peanut butter, and Nutella can add up the calories without you even noticing. You’ll want to make sure you’re staying within suggested caloric allowances, so this doesn’t go from a healthy treat to a dessert.
Acai Smoothie Recipe Ideas
With the ease of acai smoothies, it’s not hard to start playing with the recipe. You can not only mix it up with the toppings to create new combinations but also with the ingredients when making the smoothie itself.
Try a blueberry acai smoothie or one with more tropical flavors like mango. Use coconut milk in one smoothie and cranberry juice in another. How about a power-up green smoothie with spinach and avocado hidden somewhere in there?
The blending possibilities are endless. As long as you follow the base recipe, adding your own touch is perfectly fine.
Health in a Handbasket
If you’re looking to add more fruit to your diet, an acai smoothie might be the way to go. Besides having many health benefits and being delicious, an acai smoothie is incredibly easy to make. It’ll be easy to fit this delicious snack into your day.
Try an acai smoothie for yourself and tell us what toppings you are using.