Yummy Acai Bowl

paddle into fitness healthy eating acai bowl recipe

Here are all the ingredients….and what makes them so great for your body! This is a perfect pre or post workout meal…its energizing but not too heavy.

paddle into fitness healthy eating acai bowl recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 Frozen Acai Packet

1 Frozen Banana (Tastes much better frozen)

1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

3 tbs Hemp Seed

1 tbs Coconut Oil

1 tbs Raw Cacao Nibs

Blend! Serve in a bowl.

TOPPINGS

Granola

Any Fruit….I prefer Blackberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Kiwis

Cinnamon ENJOY!

paddle into fitness healthy eating acai bowl recipe

ACAI

Harvested in the rainforests of Brazil, açaí tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate. Hidden within its royal purple pigment is the magic that makes it nature’s perfect energy fruit. Açaí is packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids.

Acai contains……

A remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine.

A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health.

An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration.

BANANAS

Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and they are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. The potassium found in bananas helps to regulate blood pressure and may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Potassium is also essential for helping muscles to contract properly during exercise and reduces cramping up. Great for athletes!

paddle into fitness healthy eating acai bowl recipe

ALMOND MILK

Almonds are recognized by health professionals as a nutritious addition to a healthy diet. A serving of almonds provides an excellent source of vitamin E (a natural antioxidant), and a good source of protein and fiber. In fact, almonds are higher in protein and fiber than any other tree nut. Plus, they’re naturally low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free. Almond milk contains no lactose which makes it easily digestible and the perfect alternative for those suffering from lactose intolerance.

Try to buy unsweetened, because even though this milk is amazing for you, certain brands will add a lot of sugar. You can even make your own almond milk!

Here it is….Blanch the Almonds
Bring about 1 cup of water to a boil in your pot. Drop in 1/3 Cup raw organic almonds. Let them boil for about 3 minutes and then pour everything through a metal mesh strainer so that the water pours out and you’re left with just the almonds. Pour the almonds out onto a plate and let them rest for a few minutes until they are cool enough to touch with your hands. Once the almonds have cooled, rub off their papery skins and discard the skins.
Blend
Put the blanched nuts and 2 cups of fresh water into your electric blender. Blend them until you’ve crushed as many of the nuts as you can and the milk is creamy white and thick. A higher proportion of water produces a thinner milk, and a higher proportion of nuts produces a thicker one. It all depends on your preference!
Strain
Pour the milk through the strainer and set the pulverized nuts aside. You can strain the milk twice if you want to be sure you’ve gotten out all of the little particles of nuts. And that’s it…..you now have homemade almond milk!

paddle into fitness healthy eating acai bowl recipe

HEMP SEED

Hemp is a high protein seed containing all nine of the essential amino acids (like flax). It also has high amounts of fatty acids and fiber as well as containing vitamin E and trace minerals. Further the protein content of the hemp seed is very digestible. Many people noted their personal experience of finding that hemp seed protein did not cause bloating or gas, like some of their whey, or other protein shakes did.
And, unlike soy which has super high amounts of phytic acid (that anti-nutrient that prevents us from absorbing minerals), hemp seed doesn’t contain phytic acid. At the very least, this makes hemp seed a step up from soy. Hemp is also a rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria. It’s the richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. WOW!

paddle into fitness healthy eating acai bowl recipe

COCONUT OIL

While coconut possesses many health benefits due to its fiber, vitamins and nutritional content, it’s the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and medicine. Coconut oil used to be regarded as oil, high in saturated fat and therefore not good for our diet. But coconut oil is a different sort of saturated fat that reacts differently in our bodies. It’s all to do with the type of fat molecule that is present in the oil, which does not have a negative effect on cholesterol and actually helps to protect against heart disease. Coconut oil contains high levels of anti-oxidants which help to protect the body from free radicals and prevent degenerative diseases and premature aging. Why is it so great for athletes? Coconut oil is able to boost energy levels and endurance. It is not stored like other fats and actually breaks down much quicker within the liver and used like a carbohydrate.

CACAO NIBS

Many people consider eating chocolate a “guilty pleasure.” But the reputation of chocolate as a junk food should more accurately be attributed to the harmful effects of commercial processing and refining techniques, and the other ingredients commonly added, most notably white sugar. All chocolate is made from the cacao (cocoa) bean, and cacao beans in their natural, unprocessed, unadulterated state are rich in nutrients and beneficial to health.
Cacao has been found to be higher in antioxidant flavanols than either red wine or green tea. Cacao is also higher than most antioxidant fruits and berries. Unprocessed cacao has an enormous 10% antioxidant concentration level. It is twice as high as the

antioxidant concentration in processed cocoa and ten times as high as blueberries!

CINNAMON

You probably didn’t know cinnamon was good for you! Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol and have a regulatory effect on blood sugar. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.