Following the recent juice and smoothie trend, is now the rise of the Acai. The superfood-berry which is native to the rainforests of South America, is not only delicious, but it provides a blast of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that tackle a variety of health concerns from high cholesterol to weight loss and many more.
If you don’t know what an Acai bowl is, it is basically a smoothie that you can eat with a spoon. The berries are combined with other fruits, juices and milks and then blended into a thick, frozen smoothie. The mixture is then poured into a bowl and topped with a multitude of topping options including granola and sliced fruit.
So if you are looking to eat a delicious healthy breakfast, recharge after a workout or grab a midday snack, here are four of the best acai bowls around town:
Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies @Robeks, is bringing its customers a taste of tropical paradise with three new Hawaiian-inspired Açaí Bowls that are refreshing tropical treats. The company recently announced their limited time offering (until September 27) which include options: ALOHA BOWL™, NUTTY HAWAIIAN™ and SEEDSATIONAL™.
ALOHA BOWL™ combines the tropical taste of pure açaí and fresh watermelon and is packed with hearty granola, fruit toppings such as fresh bananas, blueberries, and diced pineapple. It’s a perfect balance of nutrition and paradise, just enough to make you feel refreshed and energized. The second item offered is the NUTTY HAWAIIAN™, which is blended with rich all-natural peanut butter, giving the taste of the tropics a nutty twist. A paradise favorite, the customers will find superfruitaçaí and watermelon brimming with freshness and flavor topped with granola and fresh banana. The third item offered is SEEDSATIONAL™, which heavily features Mother Nature’s own super seeds – chia and flax. Featuring pure açaí and fresh watermelon, the bowl delivers immune-boosting antioxidants that are simply delicious and nutritious. Toppings include granola, banana, fresh blueberries and nourishing bee pollen. All bowls are topped with a sprinkling of shredded coconut and drizzled raw honey!
At Juice Crafters @JuiceCrafters all of their Acai bowls are carefully blended to provide a healthy balance of antioxidants, vitamins and essential amino and fatty acids to keep you feeling full and healthy. Their organic Acai bowls are served with a great selection of granola and super foods for toppings and make a great breakfast, snack or light meal providing you with lots of energy and nutrients to get you through the day.So head on over to your local store and try their most popular bowl, the Classic Acai Bowl which contains Acai w/Gurana, banana, strawberries, coconut flakes, granola.
The Harvest Bar @TheHarvestBaris a Superfood Cafe specializing in unique acai and superfood bowls. According to Aric Haut, Co-Founder of The Harvest Bar, “We combine organic and pure acai mixed with natural fruits, vegetables, and juices to create the best tasting and healthiest bowls imaginable. Customers can choose one of our complete Signature Bowls created by our chef, or create-your-own bowl by choosing from our options of blends and toppings on display. The Harvest Bar has married traditional acai in Brazil and the LA superfood smoothie/vegan shake movement. It’s the best of all worlds.” Their full menu can be found here, but if you like peanut butter go with the Super Protein; if you like sweet go with the Classic; and if you like tart go with the island.
Amazebowls @Amazebowls focuses on the accessibility and approach-ability to healthy foods. In addition to their food truck, which can be found on USC’s Campus at the United University Church lot (off Jefferson), and upcoming brick-and-mortar, Amazebowls will also be rolling out carts for pop-up style service. “When it comes to our product, we pride ourselves in creating acai bowls that contain no added sugars or juices, so customers don’t have to worry about any unexpected calories. Overall, we’re a company that strives to empower the go-getters of the community with feel-good energy, and our customers are some pretty awesome people!” says Jayne Kim, partner at Amazebowls. Their full menu can be found here, but try the fresh prince of bowl-air or dragon bowl z.
By Jarone Ashkenazi