A Rowdy Summer Breakfast Idea: Chocolate Coconut Cashew Acai Power Bowl
It’s sweet summertime which means it’s the perfect time to start off your day with a sweet, cold, and healthy breakfast. With so many scrumptious smoothie bowl ideas out there, we thought we’d share Rowdy’s favorite gut-healthy breakfast idea with you—the Chocolate Coconut Cashew Acai Bowl Recipe!
Starting Your Day Off Right
You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And it’s true! A high protein breakfast that’s full of healthy ingredients has so many amazing benefits. In fact, studies have linked a healthy morning breakfast to better memory and concentration throughout the day, as well as lower cholesterol and a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, and high blood sugar.
Your body has fasted for probably 8+ hours when you wake up in the morning, and it’s starving for nutrients. Making a nutrient-dense, healthy breakfast replenishes those nutrients as well as kick-starts your metabolism and gets your brain and muscles ready to go for the day.
So are smoothie bowls a healthy option for a morning meal? Mmm, absolutely! And they’re super delicious too! Our healthy acai bowl recipe is loaded with antioxidants, prebiotics, and probiotics, making it a gut-healthy morning booster. And what’s better than a colorful and creative breakfast filled with acai on a sun-filled summer morning?
The Benefits of Acai
The acai berry, pronounced ‘ah-sigh-EE’, actually isn’t technically a berry at all—it’s a drupe. A drupe is a fruit that has one central pit instead of many small seeds like berries do. Some other drupes are plums, cherries, apricots, and peaches.
The word “acai” means “fruit that cries” which comes from the fact that the fruit is fragile and perishable and is made up of so much water. This dark purple drupe is from the acai palm tree which comes from the rainforests of South America. Because they grow so far away, fresh acai is usually hard to get. Unless you live in Brazil and happen to have a beautiful acai palm tree growing in your backyard (lucky you!), then you can generally only buy frozen acai or acai powder.
No biggie for us though! We love using frozen acai in our power breakfast bowl. And some of our favorite puree packs are frozen immediately after being picked so all of those good-for-you nutrients are preserved for our guts.
So why is acai the main ingredient in many clean eating smoothie bowls? Because of its many health benefits. Acai is rich in antioxidants, meaning the fruit has anti-inflammatory health benefits. It can help reduce stress, boost immunity, and detoxify the body. The superfood fruit is also rich in gut-healthy nutrients like fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
Acai is only one of the clean eating superfoods that you can find in our Chocolate Coconut Cashew Acai Bowl. Cashews, egg whites, flax seeds, raspberries, dark chocolate, bananas, and coconut are all awesome superfoods too.
Cashews and flax seeds are nuts and seeds packed with fiber and healthy fats. They have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and help keep our bodies healthy.
Egg whites are loaded with clean, high-quality protein and antioxidants. You can find egg white protein in every one of our Rowdy Bars.
Topping your acai bowl with a handful of fresh raspberries will not only make your bowl even more delicious, but the berries will also pack it full of nutrients and extra antioxidants.
Dark chocolate is a superfood too! The microbes in our gut love the prebiotic ingredients in dark chocolate. The sweet treat increases blood flow, decreases inflammation, and reduces stress.
This prebiotic superfood is one of our favorite gut-healthy snacks. Bananas are loaded with inulin soluble fiber that helps promote great gut health.
Coconut is not only found in our Chocolate Coconut Cashew Rowdy Bar but topping your acai bowl with coconut gives you even more of its superfood properties. Coconut’s healthy fats protect against heart disease and increase metabolism.
The superfood ingredients in our power bowl recipe also make it a great gut-healthy post-workout meal too! Because it’s loaded with healthy ingredients, this post-workout meal helps the body restore its nutrients and recover from exercise.
Chocolate Coconut Cashew Acai Bowl Recipe
Our favorite probiotic and prebiotic breakfast is jammed packed with superfoods and deliciousness! Check out this healthy breakfast recipe and start off your summer morning right.
Chocolate Coconut Cashew Acai Bowl
1 (100g) packet of unsweetened, frozen acai
1 frozen banana
¼ greek yogurt
1 small splash of water
1 Chocolate Coconut Cashew Rowdy Bar, chopped into ½ inch pieces
Dark chocolate chips
A drizzle of honey or yacon root syrup (optional)
Directions: Blend frozen acai, frozen banana, greek yogurt, and a splash of water in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the smoothie in a bowl. Top with chopped Chocolate Coconut Cashew Rowdy Bar, raspberries, coconut flakes, and dark chocolate chips. Then drizzle with either honey or yacon root syrup to sweeten things up a bit, if desired. Enjoy!
Serving size: 1 bowl