Easy Acai Bowls

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We love Acai Bowls around here! These simple bowls using mostly ingredients from Trader Joe’s are a favorite breakfast staple in our house. Acai berries contain healthy fats, are low in sugar, and are packed with antioxidants (three times the amount found in blueberries to be exact!)¹

Acai puree is perfect for adding in some extra veggies as well! I love adding a handful of spinach to our bowls. Try different combinations of vegetables and frozen fruits to mix up the flavor profile. Nut butters are another great addition to add some protein!

Budget-Friendly Ingredients from Trader Joe’s

Acai bowls can be pretty pricey, so I love that this is a more cost effective way to enjoy them! The ingredients from Trader Joe’s are especially budget-friendly:

Frozen Fruit

Frozen Organic Acai Puree Packets (includes 4 packets) – $4.99

Frozen Mango (16oz.) – $2.49

Frozen Organic Wild Blueberries (12oz.) – $2.99

Frozen Pineapple (12oz.) – $1.79

Frozen Very Cherry Berry Blend (16oz.) – $3.49

Toppings & Mix-ins

Almond Beverage – $1.79

Almond Butter

Organic Chia Seed (12oz.) – $4.99

Raw Shelled Hemp Seed (8oz.) – $5.49

Organic Maca Powder (8oz.) – $4.99

Organic Flaxseed Meal (16oz.)

Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut (8oz.)

Fruit Combination Ideas:

Tropical Bowl: Blend acai puree with banana and frozen pineapple. Top with kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, mango, and shredded coconut.

Almond Butter Protein Bowl: Blend acai puree with almond butter, banana, frozen blueberries. Add hemp hearts and granola on top. (If you don’t like the texture of hemp hearts, blend them in with the puree!)

Protein for Kids

My toddler currently dislikes eggs and most meat. She also stopped drinking milk at 18 months old. This means I have to get creative with protein sources for her! Acai bowls are the perfect way to start her day with some protein.

Curious about protein for kids? Here’s the recommended dietary allowance of protein for children²:

  • Children ages 1-3: 13 grams
  • Children ages 4-8: 19 grams
  • Children ages 9-13: 34 grams
  • Girls ages 14-18: 46 grams
  • Boys ages 14-18: 52 grams

So how does the protein content measure up?

  • 1 tbsp almond butter = 3.5 grams
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds = 2.5 grams
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal = 1.5 grams
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts = 9.47 grams
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes = .5 grams
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk = .25 grams
  • 1/4 cup Milk (Whole or 2%) = 2 grams
  • 1/4 cup Yogurt = 2 grams

You don’t want to overdo it with the protein, so don’t add all of these items into one meal. However, it can be helpful to pick one or two to ensure you aren’t missing out on nutrients. Fiber and calcium are also important for children so take those into account as well!

Here’s my simple Acai Bowl recipe – make any modifications to adjust to your preferences!

Easy Acai Bowl

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Smoothies
Keyword: Breakfast, Gluten Free, Smoothies
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 packet Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Acai Puree (3.25 oz)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple can sub any fruit
  • 1/4 cup almond milk can sub any milk or liquid

Optional Mix-ins (Add prior to blending)

  • chia seeds adjust amount to preference
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed adjust amount to preference
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder use sparingly, can boost energy (especially in kids)
  • 1 tbsp nut butter adjust amount to preference
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats add more liquid if adding oats

Optional Toppings

  • fresh fruit
  • hemp hearts
  • honey
  • nut butter
  • shredded coconut
  • granola

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Add any optional mix-ins.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Top with optional toppings and enjoy!

Notes

To make as a smoothie, simply add more liquid until desired consistency.

Sources:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-acai-berries#section3
  2. https://www.strong4life.com/en/blog/getting-your-picky-eater-to-eat-protein

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