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An Acai Bowl a Day Keeps the Doctor Away


Oh how I wish that were true!

After my trip to Oahu, I would have been set with good health for the entire year of 2013.

See, while there, I discovered the acai bowl – a delicious and refreshing take on breakfast, or shared snack — full of fruit, and honey, and granola. I’m not going to say I had one every day… but I might have come close!

Look at that beauty!

acai bowl

YUM! What you can’t see is the thick acai frozen smoothie mixture below the fruit. I had photos on my now non-working iPhone…

Acai bowls are not the cheapest item on the menus at cafes in Waikiki, but while waiting in line behind someone who was getting the recipe for the acai bowl, I was sold. The cashier at Island Vintage Coffee explained the acai bowl was made by using frozen acai paste blended with frozen strawberries (I think) and a dash of soy milk. That thick, thick smoothie like mixture is then topped with sliced banana, strawberry and blueberries, crisp granola and local Hawaiian honey.

Done. Sold. I’ll have one, and I’ll have that with ONE spoon, too. Who wants to share that goodness?!

You might have heard about Acai before as being this miracle fruit full of antioxidants and whatnot. While it is healthy, my reading is showing that it doesn’t have more antioxidants than other fruits, like grapes, and it, on its own, does not promote weight loss. Thank you multi-level marketing for that one.

But, they make great acai bowls that’s for sure. If I could get my hands on some [affordable] acai powder or paste, I would be making these every day.

Have you had an acai bowl? Did you love it as much as me?


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15 Responses to An Acai Bowl a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

  1. Laryssa February 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    YES – I had açaí in Brazil!

    I miss it so, although I hear it exists in the frozen food section at international supermarkets… but there’s no way it could compare.

  2. Christine February 5, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    One of my girlfriends started an acai bowl cafe in Austin, Texas after falling in love with them while living in Hawaii–we went for breakfast at her cafe every day we were in Austin, and were SO delighted! So delicious, so healthy–she wants to expand to Australia, and clearly there’s a market for it 🙂

    • Brooke February 6, 2013 at 12:21 am #

      Tell her I’ll be her best customer! 😉

  3. Jennifer February 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    OH my that looks amazing, I am going to have to find the acai somewhere so I can make it
    for myself. That looks like my idea breakfast! Your pic made my mouth water.


    • Brooke February 6, 2013 at 12:22 am #

      Yep, especially good in the summer! Instead of oatmeal, you can have a thick acai smoothie bowl. yum

  4. Jeff February 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    I love Açai and ate it all the time when I was living in Brazil. And, thanks to Christine’s post, I ate it in Austin too. Now, I have a strong craving!

  5. Gina February 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    I love acai bowls! They’re really popular in Southern California where I live, but quite expensive. I need to figure out how to make them myself!

  6. Jessica February 11, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    OH I love acai and that bowl looks so good – would def. love to have one every day 😉

  7. Erica February 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Several years ago I ordered a bottle of acai juice online from a health food company here in Sweden after reading about the many benefits of the fruit. It was diluted with a lot of water though, lesson learned! Your acai bowl looks so delicious. Exactly my kind of breakfast!

  8. ashree March 25, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    That seems delicious and fresh! Never been to Hawaii, but the fruit combination made me to make it at home. Nice photo, so tempting!

  9. Mirian January 19, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Oh I used to eat these almost everyday when I was in Oahu! Thank you for posting the recipe, I asked them for the recipe they said it was frozen Strawberries,Blueberries,Banana,granola and I believe soy milk, also acaí packets. I tried looking for the recipe online but couldn’t find any! I really want to try at home.

  10. Andrea May 22, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    I fell in love with this breakfast delight while visiting Maui recently and cannot get it off of my mind. I am going to approach my local coffee shop and ask them to start making them. Thanks for the post!

  11. Jennifer Reinhart October 17, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Just had one on the Big Island in Kona at Basik Cafe’. OMG, that was the most wonderful thing I have eaten!! Going to try Blenders and Bowls on 4th st in Austin, TX!!

  12. JB November 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    I’m not going to say I had one every morning during my last stay on the island either. But almost every morning, well, it made my entire day. Absolutely refreshing, delicious and gave me a lot of natural energy. Thanks for posting the recipe as you overheard it. I’ve been wondering how they made it since we left.


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