If you’re a sweet tooth first thing in the morning but don’t want to face another bowl of cereal or porridge, this healthy, nutrient-rich açai bowl recipe is your new favourite reason to get out of bed in the AM!
Açai berries have no sugar. This is quite unusual for fruit and contributes to the reason açai berries tend to be bitter. They taste like a cross between blackberries or raspberries and very, very dark chocolate. When blended with blueberries and raspberries, the açai is transformed into a deliciously sweet flavour (a key factor behind the humble fruits rave, ‘cult-like’ following)!
Refreshing, flavorful and incredibly easy to prepare, you can make this one right at home with a blender and a handful of ingredients! Apart from being totally bomb.com, this humble bowl of goodness also packs a serious punch of nutrients for your hair (as if you needed any more of a reason to lick the bowl clean)!
- 2 tsp acai powder (or 1 pack frozen açai)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- Nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios)
- Seeds (chia, pepitas, sunflower)
- Nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew)
- Fresh berries or passionfruit
- Shredded or desiccated coconut
- Cacao nibs
- Blend all the ingredients together in a high-speed blender or food processor. You’ll want to make sure the açai mixture is smooth and creamy (no chunks).
- NOTE: It should be thicker than a regular smoothie but runnier than ice cream (almost soft-serve consistency).
- Scoop açai mixture into a bowl and flatten down with the back of a spoon.
- Add your toppings of choice.
- Eat and enjoy!
There really is only one word to describe this recipe, and that’s YUM! The mango adds a delicious tropical undertone, while almond butter and milk add an incredible creaminess and soften the overpowering açai flavour. Want to know the superstar ingredients that boast hair-loving properties? Keep reading!
|Vitamin C||Blueberries, Raspberries, Mango||
Vitamin C is a key component used by the body to create a protein known as collagen.
Collagen’s amino acids help strengthen the skin that contains your hair roots and build hair proteins, making them essential for hair growth.
Vitamin A (also known as retinol) is an antioxidant micronutrient that aids in the body’s cell and tissue development.
This development can help the scalp produce healthy sebum to nourish and protect the hair. This can help strengthen hair and minimise breakage.
|Vitamin E||Açai, Almonds, Hemp Seeds||
Bursting with antioxidants, this vitamin diminishes the number of free radicals and oxidative stress that cause the hair follicle cells to break down.
This breakdown contributes to hair loss, so ensuring you’re getting enough vitamin E can aid in maintaining hair growth.
|Omega 3||Açai, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds||Omega3s, an essential micronutrient of fat, are vital to ensuring your hair is elastic and supple all year round. The fatty acid chains in Omega3s are readily absorbed by the body and prevent dry/flakey scalps.|
|Protein||Almonds, Nuts (if chose for topping), Seeds (if chose for topping)||Your hair is predominately made up of its own unique protein called Keratin. So, naturally, the hair will thrive off extra protein consumed through the diet. This aids in balancing hair’s moisture and keeping the strength of your locks intact.|
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Recipe adapted from Choosing Chia