Besides trying to figure out the right pronunciation of açaí (and yes, it’s pronounced ah-sah-EE), we’re often asked what the deal is with our açaí bowls! Why are they so popular? Mostly, we say it’s because they’re super delicious and healthy – at least, that’s what we’ve all been told, right? Well, today, we’re diving right into the health benefits of this super bowl and why we love them. Here at Balanced, we look to provide fresh ingredients with our various customers in mind. And trust us, we have a variety! Not sure if the açaí bowl is for you? Here’re three reasons why we love them and why you will too!
Back To The Basics
While the ingredients of an açaí bowl can vary, let’s go back to the basics. To begin with, we’ll start with the star of the show, Açaí! This fruit looks like a blueberry or a mini grape, and it originates from the açaí palm tree found in South America. To make a traditional açaí bowl, açaí fruit is blended into a smoothie-like purée and used for the base. Then it’s time to add some toppings! Toppings can range according to an individual’s taste, with a choice of berries, chocolate, coconut, and chia seeds, to name a few!
Did you know? The traditional Brazilian açaí bowl is served with granola, banana, and guaraná syrup.
Açaí berries are packed with a powerful punch of health benefits. Once you add your choice of fresh toppings, the health benefits can only increase. (Okay, well, Nutella isn’t a superfood, but we’re not here to judge!)
Here’s a full breakdown of the health benefits you can expect from an açaí bowl:
- Açaí berries are high in fiber, antioxidants, and micronutrients like vitamin C, manganese, and potassium.
- Açaí bowls are packed with nutrition from fresh toppings, which are a great source of vitamin C and manganese. Blueberries alone can protect your cells against oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
- Açaí bowls are high in potassium! This is an essential nutrient because it regulates blood pressure levels and protects against age-related bone loss and even kidney stones!
Açaí Bowls At Balanced
If you’re looking to indulge in a dish that is as healthy as it is delicious, try one of our Açaí bowls at Balanced! Our ingredients are guaranteed fresh, and everything is made from scratch, including our açaí base. Stop in to one of our two locations and enjoy specialty items like the Paradise Bowl or choose your own toppings!
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