Acai Smoothie Bowl
Acai is the best!! It's perfect for boosting cognition, memory, focus and energy. Basically my best food friend!
I discovered this over a year ago when I was taking it and realised I had no energy or mind when I didn't. So now it's a daily staple and one I couldn't live life without. I use it in my smoothies before work, or if I have a big day planned in the city I find it gives me all the energy and brain power to get through.
This recipe has all the usuals for brain and gut health that I normally use, but with a big Acai energy boost!
If your just starting out making smoothie bowls I have a few tips and tricks here, to get mine thick and creamy every time.
1 Large frozen banana diced (rippen bananas till spotty then break up and freeze, this always makes for sweeter acai bowls)
2 x Acai pure Amazon Power frozen smoothie packs
1/2 to one cup Frozen Mango cubes
1 tablespoon of Amazon Power Acai powder
20mils or 1 tablespoon of cold flaxseed oil
1 teaspoon of raw cacao powder
Coconut water, I use H2Coco, a few good splashes
Added optionals if you want to amp up nutrition…
20 mils coconut water kefir (optional - great for gut health)
A handful of raw almonds 10-15 (optional - great for protein)
1 scoop of Vida Glow marine collagen powder (optional - tasteless, great for hair, skin, nails and the gut)
1 teaspoon Maca powder (optional - great for energy & hormones)
Get all your frozen ingredients out of the freezer and leave on the bench for about 5-10 minutes to slightly defrost as you don’t want them rock hard. A good way to test is if you push your finger into the side of the banana and it leaves a dent.
Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender with a few good splashes of coconut water. Make sure everything is broken up into small bits, it’ll be easier to blend this way.
Start blending. The blender will get stuck so you will need to stop and push the ingredients down with a spatula a few times - it's a labour of love, but keep persisting. It will get to a point when it all starts to blend together, keep blending till it's nice and smooth. You know you have a good thick consistently when you can flip the blender upside down once its done, and the smoothie doesn't move (but do this with caution or it might go everywhere).
Scoop in to a bowl and top with your favourite toppings - I always have about a tablespoon of chia seeds for fibre, a teaspoon of hemp seeds if I have them (great for protein), fresh fruit - blueberries, kiwi, raspberries and strawberries are great, a scatter of cacao nibs and buckini's for crunch.