As a practitioner of BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) it’s impossible to avoid the topic of açaí, a Central and South American fruit known for its numerous health benefits. Of course none of these benefits are verified by the FDA, but do a quick Google and you’ll see all sorts of amazing claims, from heart health, to weight loss, to aiding digestion — sounds too good to be true so it probably is, but they taste great and the concoction known as the “açaí bowl” combines a number of delicious and healthy goodies into an easy to eat, refreshing package.
The açaí is the purple portion you see at the bottom. Usually sourced in frozen packs which are blended with juice to make what’s essentially açaí smoothie. In this particular bowl that’s topped with granola, bananas, and strawberries. Blueberries, coconut flakes, and honey are also common additions. I think most açaí bowls also include guarana, which gives it a kick of caffeine. This particular açaí bowl is from a Juice It Up! in Irvine. Açaí Republic in Tustin is also a great place to get these.
If you want to try making one of these at home, check out Rener Gracie’s video on Youtube for some great ideas. Short version: blend the frozen packs with frozen grapes to make the purple base you see above and let your imagination run wild. Raisins add a different texture, and fruits like papaya are a welcome addition.