I'm sure you've all seen the beautiful acai bowls popping up at your local shops. I think it's great that we have easier access to these superfoods such as acai and matcha now, which do not originate in our country but are packed with incredible nutrients that support longevity and overall wellbeing. Did you know that both of these foods are two of the top foods highest in antioxidants? Antioxidants are essential vitamins that help our bodies kill off and prevent free radicals, which form in result to cell damage due to acidity in the body from high levels of stress (physical/emotional/mental), highly refined sugars and processed food intake, smoking and alcohol, and environmental toxins. An excessive amount of free radicals in the body leads to disease, illness, and aging at early stages. As an added bonus, antioxidants support beauty and skin health.
That said, let's get some antioxidants in you!
In my opinion, the best part of having access to these wonderful foods is that we can recreate our own goodies with even higher nutrient value and unrefined ingredients at home.
Below I'm sharing one of the many acai bowls I've created. I intentionally added the matcha to this one, not only for it's antioxidant content, but for a nourishing afternoon energy boost that won't spike blood sugar.
1 frozen acai pack (I use Sambazon)
2 cups frozen wild blueberries
1 yellow peach, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup spring or filtered water - just enough to help blend but not too much so it doesn't thin out
2 Tablespoons sunflower seed butter (or any nut/seed butter of choice)
1 Tablespoon raw honey (or 1-2 medjool dates)
2 teaspoons Encha Matcha Culinary Grade - Amazing quality!
Generous handful of fresh mint leaves
Juice of 1 lime
Pinch of sea salt
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. You may need to use a spatula to move things around a few times. It's meant to be a thick sorbet-like consistency.
- Top with toppings of choice. I topped mine with some homemade gluten-free granola and fresh blueberries.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and share with me what variation you come up with!