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Acai Bowls and Hidden Sugar

There is a huge difference between homemade acai bowls and restaurant prepared acai bowls. For example, Jamba Juice makes acai bowls packed with honey, fruits, and sweetened soymilk.  These ingredients sound healthy until you learn that one serving contains 67 grams of sugar and 99 grams of carbohydrates! That is a blood sugar crash waiting to happen!

At certain grocery stores you can buy acai packets in the frozen isles and prepare your own bowls with at least half the sugar (or less!). The most well-known frozen brand called Sambazon has a version without added cane sugar (with 0 grams of sugar and 4 grams of carbohydrates).

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The acai fruit is the most nutrient dense berry out there! It would be a shame to ruin its benefits in a dish, covering it with bucket loads of sugar. Acai is rich in antioxidants (15x more antioxidants than blueberries), immune boosting, fiber rich, and can encourage balanced energy. It can be a great addition in not only bowls, but even in smoothies!

Easy Homemade Acai Bowl Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 whole packet of frozen acai (sugar free)
  • 1 heaping TB nut butter
  • 1/2 scoop Protein Powder (Daily Sustain)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk
  • a couple of ice cubes

Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl. Decorate your masterpiece.  Here are some fun options: few banana slices, few strawberry slices, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and unsweetened coconut flakes.

(Tip: if you are using the acai powder (1 TB), add extra ice cubes to help make the consistency creamy).

 

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