"Although lots of people eat these berries — amongst other foods — for their 'magical powers,' you're not going to find magic in one food. The magic comes from a diet that contains a variety of foods that work in concert with each other." – Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN
Why the Hype
Açaí berries have been all the buzz over the last 10 years, gracing Instagram feeds from near and far. The only thing more controversial than its pronunciation (it's ah-sigh-EE) is its insane "life-changing" claims made by health professionals throughout the years. We hate to burst your bubble, but this little berry will not cure the common cold or take years off your life. So what's the big deal?
Well for starters, they really do have multiple health benefits. Perhaps the benefits are not as elaborate as previously thought, but as with any fruit or vegetable, they've got a track record for doing some great work in the body. For instance, they're naturally full of antioxidants. If you're not sure what those do for you, give our matcha article a read. The anthocyanins found in açaí berries reduce inflammation which is a huge win for those with arthritis. They do help lower the risk of cancerous diseases, not specific to the açaí berry but more so for produce in general. And as an added bonus, they're delicious. Check out some of our favorite açaí recipes below and find out for yourself.
Açaí Berry Recipes
Peach Açaí Bowl
Instagrammer Taylor Moran, @cheers.boo, has an açaí bowl recipe that will get you excited about these last few days of summer.
Let’s Get to It
Blend all of your ingredients together until smooth and top with some of your favorites!
Açaí Fig Chia Pudding Parfait
Instagrammer Dee, @greensmoothiegourmet, combines chia and açaí for a flavorful, fresh treat.
2 tbsp açaí (powder or frozen berries from Sambazon)
1 cup ice
½ cup peeled zucchini
½ cup frozen berries
1 tsp each black and white chia
½ cup nut milk
1 cup coconut yogurt
1 tbsp lime juice
Let’s Get to It
Blend first four ingredients together until smooth.
Mix in chia pudding (mix the chia seeds in the ½ cup of nutmilk)
Let all set for 3 minutes and blend again.
Top with yogurt and other toppings – we added puffed quinoa and fresh figs. Enjoy!
Berry Filled Two-Toned Açaí Bowl
Instagrammer GG, @eatingwith_gg, has an açaí bowl recipe that looks as pretty as it tastes.
1-2 dollops of yogurt
Generous splash of almond milk
1 green apple
2 stoned dates
A few mint leaves
Juice from ½ of a lemon
½ tsp root ginger
½ tsp turmeric powder
Pick of black pepper
2 tsp mixed seeds (chia, flax, pumpkin)
2 tbsp whole oats
5-7 frozen raspberries
¼ cup frozen açaí berries
1 tbsp frozen strawberries
1 tbsp frozen blueberries
1 tbsp frozen blackcurrants
1 tbsp frozen redcurrants
Your choice of fresh fruit and garnishes
Let’s Get to It
Blend together banana, yogurt, almond milk, and green apple until smooth.
Blend in dates, mint leaves, lemon juice, root ginger, turmeric, black pepper, mixed seeds, and whole oats.
Once smooth, blend in raspberries and açaí berries. To gain your desired consistency, add more oats or almond milk for a thicker or thinner mix respectively – we prefer it thicker to ensure the garnishes don't sink!
Remove half the mixture from the blender and place in a separate bowl. This will be the lighter toned section of the bowl.
With the remaining mixture left in the blender, add strawberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, and redcurrants. Blend well.
Pour the darker mixture into a separate bowl.
Pour each mixture (half and half) into your final serving bowl. Garnish with fresh fruit of your choosing (GG used strawberry slices, raspberries, blueberries, redcurrants, chia, flax and pumpkin seeds, a few heads of a mint plant, and a diced date).
Enjoy your bowl fresh or chill in the fridge for later!