It has taken some time, but I’ve finally put together a few acai bowl recipe variations for you. Many of you may know already but I’m a huge fan of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The exuberant and “Acai bowl fanatic” of the Gracie family is Rener Gracie; a strong mentor and (of course) jiu-jitsu brother of mine. Without hesitation, I take his advice. (His Video)
The Acai Bowl does not disappoint.
After watching his video, and calculating what it would cost to have a proper Rener-style bowl of my own… it left me a little disappointed. Knowing Rener as I do, I even expected the tweet he would send me when asking about this [see pic below].
I’m (certainly) one that understands that quality food is important, as I am also a believer in the the above saying “You can pay now, or you can pay later” – but I’m also a practical guy who tries his hardest to make his hard-earned money stretch.
And here is how you can too!
TO BE MIXED (i.e. Vitamixer, Blender, Magic Bullet)
Average Joe’s /Josephine’s Acai Bowl Recipe
1/2 lb. Red Seedless Grapes (frozen)
2-3 tbs of Acai Powder
1 tbs of Cacao Powder (Optional)
1 handful of Coconut (Optional)*
[big-time ingredient for the Grandmaster!]
1-2 frozen Bananas (Optional)*
[bananas adds sweetness, creaminess & are inexpensive]
1 handful of Raisins (Optional)*
[your bowl may already be sweet enough, but add raisins for an added kick!]
Granola or Cereal
[Rener likes papayas, I like mangos]
[Blueberries, Rasberries or Blackberries might be a nice surprise!]
Acai Roots, Sambazon, Navitas and Sunfood have wonderful products and will be the most expensive part of the recipe (approx. $15 per 4 ounces). You should keep in mind that if you’re looking for a “super fruit” you’ll be hard-pressed to find one better. Obviously, the market is saturated with unfounded statements on this and that product- but the nutritional states of the acai berry kinda speak from themselves -
NUTRITIONAL CONTENT (via wikipedia.org)
A powdered preparation of freeze-dried açaí fruit pulp and skin was reported to contain (per 100 g of dry powder) 533.9 calories, 52.2 g carbohydrates, 8.1 g protein, and 32.5 g total fat. The carbohydrate portion included 44.2 g of dietary fiber and low sugar value (pulp is not sweet). The powder was also shown to contain (per 100 g): negligible vitamin C, 260 mg calcium, 4.4 mg iron, and 1002 U vitamin A, as well as aspartic acid and glutamic acid; the amino acid content was 7.59% of total dry weight (versus 8.1% protein).
Hope you enjoy the new recipe(s)! The “variations” come through your experimentation. Find the “formula” that works best for you and your taste buds. If you’d rather spend the money and “Take it to the highest level” like Rener Gracie… by all means!
Let us know if you have any suggestions. There’s “more then one way to skin a cat” (as the saying goes)… find your financially-friendly version and get that boost of nutrition you know your body craves!
MICHAEL JOYCE, LMT#6096
MYOSKELETAL ALIGNMENT THERAPIST
Michael Joyce, LMT6096 is a MyoSkeletal Alignment Specialist, and teaches Tai Chi, Self-Defense and Classical Fencing in Winston-Salem, NC. He is also the founder of the martial blog The Combative Corner, a student of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and an avid “mover” with a love for inversions.
He is also hard at work on his second book – one on Women’s Self-Defense (based on his OutFoxxed Program)