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Try Something New Series: Acai Berry Bowls

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The second installment of my “Try Something New” series, is going to focus on my discovery of BERRY BOWLS!
I am head over heals in love with Berry Bowls!

I had heard of Acai Bowls before, but never really gave them much thought. Acai bowls are essentially a thick smoothie, topped with granola, sliced fruit, and honey. I know, I know…doesn’t sound too special does it. Well prepare to be amazed!

It wasn’t until my husband received a gift card to a local place, called The Bowl & Berry, that I had any inkling to try a berry bowl. It was love at first bite!

It is really hard to describe how good the berry bowls really are. It was so creamy and naturally sweet. Then the sliced fruit and the crunch of granola mixed with the honey, brings the experience to a whole other level!

The best part is that I didn’t feel gross or lethargic afterwards, which is common for me when I eat frozen yogurt or ice-cream.The Bowl & Berry took the traditional Acai Bowl and expanded it further, using other “super fruits”: Dragon Fruit, Goji, Lingonberry, Gooseberry, etc. To add to it, they only use organic ingredients and the best quality local ingredients to create their bowls.Berry bowls are now my perfect healthy snack! There are so many health benefits (including anti-aging) with each different fruit and/or “superfruit” you choose to use in your bowl.

Don’t be fooled, however! Just because it is good for you, doesn’t mean eating a lot of it won’t affect you in a negative way (weight gain). You still need to be careful with the calories and the amount of sugar you consume, healthy or not.

Here is a list of the health benefit for each of these “superfruits” The Bowl & Berry uses in their berry bowls:

Since Acai is the most known type of berry bowl, I will start with that.

Acai

  • Premature Aging
  • Weight Loss
  • Heart health
  • Skin health
  • Digestion

The other “superfruits”

Dragon Fruit

  • Heart Health
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Premature Aging
  • Digestion
  • Boost Immune System & Metabolism

Goji

  • Better sleep quality
  • Skin protection (UV Radiation)
  • Protects liver
  • Heart health
  • Reduced stress & fatigue

Lingonberry

  • Anti-Inflamitory Properties
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Oral Health
  • Reduces bloat
  • Supports intestinal health

Gooseberry

  • Hair care
  • Eye health
  • Digestion
  • Heart healthy
  • Premature Aging

Black Raspberry

  • Cancer prevention
  • Eye health
  • Heart healthy
  • Anti-inflamitory

Wild Blueberries

  • Premature Aging
  • Weight Loss
  • Vision health
  • Brain health
  • Heart Healthy
  • Digestion
  • Cancer Prevention

If it isn’t apparent already, I am sort of excited about the berry bowls. Who can blame me? How many times can you say you had food that tastes amazing, but also has so many health benefits?

From some of the articles and blogs I’ve read, it seems that it can be hard to find a place like Bowl & Berry, depending on where you live. However there are many great recipes online for how to make berry bowls at home.

Here is a recipe for a Strawberry Banana Acai Bowl (which I’m sure you can substitute the Acai for any of the above fruits) shared by fellow blogger Andrea aka. Cooking With a Wallflower.

*As a side note, just in case it is The Bowl & Berry’s concoction that I like so much, they use a mix of marionberries, strawberries, blueberries, boysenberries, apple, banana, and raw honey, along side your chosen “superfruit”.

What are your thought on Acai/berry bowls?

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