I just started getting into eating and making these amazing Acai bowls for breakfast, dessert or a snack in between meals.
It’s also a great alternative to the same old basic breakfast fare.
Here’s some History about Acai Bowls as well as my recipe below.
Modern History of the Acai Bowl
In the early 1970′s, frozen acai pulp began to travel from the Amazon to northern Brazilian cities. In the 80′s, it was legendary Brazilian Jujitsu founder Carlos Gracie who likely popularized the acai bowl (frozen acai pulp blended with banana) in southern cities like Rio de Janiero. Gracie established his own brand of diet called the Gracie Diet which sought to maximize the performance of his fighters. A center piece of it was the acai bowl. You might imagine for a moment, his rough, tough, and buff students hanging out in Rio near the beach, eating an acai bowl on a hot summer day. More than a few impressed passerby’s likely remarked, “what are they eating?” with the hopes of manifesting similar physiques, bite by delicious bite. Sorry people, acai is very good for you, but not capable of creating miracle health breakthroughs. Aside from an organic acai bowl everyday, it will take some sweat and effort.
As time went on Brazilian surfers and fitness enthusiasts began to partake in the acai bowl trend through the 90′s. In the 2000′s organic acai pulp first boarded a flight to the USA- the party was only just beginning. Hawaii and Southern California became the first places where the acai bowls really found a home. It was popularized by surfers who sought a tasty and healthy after session pick-me-up. Imagine eating cool organic acai topped with fesh banana after a mid-morning, scorching session: heavenly. Acai bowls can now be found all over Hawaii and Southern California, where they have become a staple, and beyond. Cafes like Banzai Bowls in Southern California and Basik Acai in Kona, HI are dedicated to serving ultra premium and contemporary acai bowls.
MY ACAI BOWL RECIPE
- 2 Sambazon Smoothie Packs or 1 heaping tbsp of organic Acai powder
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 mango (or 1/4-1/2 C frozen mango)
- 1 small knob of ginger
- 1 C coconut water
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1/2 C berries of your choice
- 1 tsp of cacao nibs
- 1 tsp of hemp heart seeds