Super Dad in the Kitchen: Açaí Bowl (great for sporty teens)
If you spend a few hours on the internet every day I’m sure you came across an ad trying to convince you that açaí is the food of the future, or that you will get in shape just eating açaí. That’s just a bunch of bull****… Açaí (correct pronunciation: “ah-sigh-EE”) is a fantastic little berry and it does have a lot of advantages and nutrients but it’s not for everybody and it’s not to be eaten any time.
And why do I know this? Well, way before Oprah invited Dr. Oz to her show to name açaí as one of the top powerfoods on the planet me and many of my friends would sit together in a small snack bar in Brazil, before our work out or soccer practice, to enjoy a bowl of frozen açaí pulp. That’s way back in 1999.
Professional athletes from various sports and other active celebrities use and endorse the benefits of açaí. Mathew McConaughey (actor), Kelly Slater (surfer), Mariano Rivera (NY Yankees), Torii Hunter (LA Angels), Bethany Hamilton (surfer), Bob Burnquist (skater), Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics), and many MMA/UFC competitors, just to name a few. So I’m not alone in this.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that if you are a father of an active pre-teen or a teen athlete açaí can be a great option for a breakfast, or a game-day lunch. It’s not so easy to find but I’m sure that if you try places like Whole Foods Market, New Frontiers Market, Natural Foods Market, etc… you will find it. (PS: Some big chain supermarkets sell açaí juices. It’s not the same but it might work if you freeze it first).
You should then look for the frozen pulp packs (they’re normally in one of the freezers next to the ice-cream section). I like to use Sambazon Açaí. So here is my recipe for a delicious, nutritious (see nutritional info on açaí HERE), refreshing, and easy to prepare Açaí Pulp Bowl.Oh, and one important thing: this is a MEAL! Don’t eat it as dessert or just snack for your teenager to sit around and play video-game. It has the calorie value of a FULL MEAL.
- 2 Rio Blend (with guaraná) Sambazon Açaí frozen bars (3.5oz each)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup of frozen cherries
- 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple bits
- 1/2 cup of apple juice
- 1/2 cup of soy milk
- Crushed ice
- Use a knife to cut the frozen açaí in four pieces and put it in the blender.
- Pour the apple juice on top of it and the banana and blend well.
- Immediately add the rest of the ingredients except the ice and blend until you have a paste.
- If you feel like it’s too liquidish start adding some ice little by little and blend. You should get an ice-cream texture.
- Immediately pour it on a bowl and top it with granola and some honey on top.
Easy, fast, delicious.
*(PS: You can substitute the frozen fruits. Mango and strawberries also work great.)