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Run # 2 this week, followed by the “worst thing ever for my leg” long drive, and I am feeling ok. Fingers crossed. I did have the best acai bowl after my run, so maybe that helped. I am trying really hard to keep my nutrition the best it can be to get past this. If you haven’t had an acai bowl yet, you should try one.

Acai bowl

Acai (ah-sigh-ee) berries are small purple berries that look similar to blueberries and come from the acai palm tree. They are considered a superfood because they are packed with antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. The only problem is that they grow mostly in the Brazilian amazon rain forest so they are not easy to find. You can get a bunch of your friends together and get 60 3.5 ounce bags of frozen pureed berries from Amazon. Or you can go to the Sambazon website and find a local store to buy smaller quantities.

Acai berries

Ok, so once you have the pureed acai berries, what do you do with them? They are delicious in shakes, smoothies, over yogurt. But I think one of the best ways to try them is in an acai bowl. An acai bowl is kind of like pudding where the main ingredient is acai berries. Then you add pretty much any other ingredient that you like. Some of the most popular additions are bananas and granola. Here are some recipes to get you started.

Acai bowl recipes

 

Simple Acai Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1/2 small banana
  • 1 3.5 ounce pack of frozen unsweetened acai berry pulp, thawed
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

Instructions

  1. 1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend.
  2. 2. Top with granola, banana, etc.
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Pumpkin Acai Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small can pumpkin puree
  • 1 3.5 ounce frozen acai berry puree, thawed
  • 2/3 small banana
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup almond milk

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend
  2. Top with granola or topping of your choice.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small banana
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 3.5 ounce frozen acai berry puree, thawed
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in blender.
  2. Top with granola, peanut butter, coconut, banana.

Hope you love them as much as I do! Speaking of things to love, I can’t stop listening to this song lately.

 

A parting thought about social media. It gets a bad wrap pretty often. You may hear of teenagers abusing it or about the “annoying” posts your friends put up. But overall, social media is a positive way to share what is good in our lives. That may be something simple like a great new recipe you tried or a workout you accomplished, or something major like overcoming a health issue. Seeing our friends’ accomplishments posted pushes us to be better as well. I’ll take a community of inspiration and support any day over the dramatic, negative reporting of traditional media. Just saying.