Open any Instagram feed (including ours) and chances are you’ll see photos of beautiful bowls brimming over with berries, bananas, granola—even an edible flower or two. Go into any local juice joint and chances are you’ll find a bunch of Lululemon clad bodies (including ours), fresh from their morning workouts, enjoying these tasty treats (after photographing them of course).
Yep, Acai (pronounced AH-sigh-EE) Bowls are the go-to breakfast for lots of fitness minded folks. With all the fruits, nut butters, seeds, and other healthy stuff loaded into each one, not to mention all the antioxidants found in the Acai berries themselves, it’s easy to feel good about what you’re eating right? Maybe.
According to an article on shape.com, “Acai bowls can have 50g of sugar, or double what the American Heart Association recommends for women for an entire day.” YIKES! Turns out that while all the fruits on their own are wonderfully healthy, combining them can cause the sugar grams to spike. Add in toppings like honey, granola, or cacao nibs and watch that number go higher.
Does that mean you have to give up your favorite treat? Of course not! You just have to be mindful of what you're adding to it if you are concerned about your sugar intake. For starters, you can watch your toppings, leaving off things like dried fruits, honey, granola and other add ons. You can also make your own at home. I do this often, blending unsweetened Acai puree with coconut milk and almond butter, and topping it with fresh berries, coconut flakes, granola and mini chocolate chips. This allows me to control exactly how much of those toppings I add in.
Or you can head to one of our favorite establishments, Rise Up, and ask for the Body Architecture Bowl. This modified version of the restaurant’s Jade Bowl has been created just for us and is lower in sugar and calories. It’s a delicious blend of unsweetened Acai, coconut water, raw kale, raw spinach, raw pineapple, avocado, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and almonds. It comes in at just 349 calories, 9.7 grams of fat, and 22g of sugar (the majority of which comes from the bananas and berries) and 8g of protein.
Bottom line: Acai bowls are filled with healthy ingredients and are much better for you than many other sweet or sugary treats. But like anything in life, moderation is key.
Bonus: From now through the end of August, you can enjoy the BodyArchitecture Bowl at 10% off!