Best Acai Bowls In The Country...For Real
America is no stranger to health food trends, with a new one cropping up every other month, creating buzz and then fading into obscurity as if it never existed.
But there are some health food trends that have managed to retain their popularity over the years, thanks in no small part to the unusually high number of health beneficial nutrients that they possess.
These foods are more than worth the hype they garner and would certainly prove to be a great addition to a healthy diet.
Matcha, Greek Yogurt, and Kombucha are some of the prominent names that come to mind when we think of such foods.
But there is another nutritious health food that has rode the wave of the rise in health-consciousness among Americans to keep its stock rising over the years, becoming a household name across the States.
It is none other than the profoundly enticing & exceptionally nutrient-rich 'Açaí bowl'.
Açaí na tigela (Portuguese) or 'Açaí in the bowl' as its English translation goes is a Brazilian dish that is made from frozen açaí pulp (or açaí powder) blended in with a liquid (usually a type of milk, coconut water or just plain water) along with different types of fruits/vegetables/nuts/yogurt/superfoods, and then finished off with a wide range of toppings.
Some of the most commonly used toppings in açaí bowls are sliced bananas, different kinds of berries, nuts, seeds, granola, coconut flakes, various superfoods, cacao nibs, and a sweetener like honey, agave nectar, etc.
The açaí berry is a reddish purple berry that grows in clusters at the top of the Açaí palm tree, which is native to Central and South America.
It is a highly perishable berry and hence is not available in the form of whole fruit in the market.
Instead what is available is frozen açaí puree, açaí powder, juice, and tablets.
The primary reason behind the widespread acclaim that the açaí berry has garnered over the years is because of the massive amount of nutrition it provides.
Almost everybody is aware of the fact that açaí berries are one of the topmost antioxidant-rich foods.
But that’s not it as there’s so much more to açaí berries than just antioxidants - something people are not aware of.
Keeping that in mind, here’s a brief list of all the beneficial nutrients which are found in abundant quantities in açaí berries.
Nutrient profile of Açaí Berries:
Antioxidants (anthocyanins, polyphenols).
Vitamins A, C & E which also act as antioxidants.
B-vitamins (vitamins B1, B2 & B3).
Monounsaturated fats and omega-3, omega-6 & omega-9 fatty acids.
Minerals - Calcium, Iron, Copper & Zinc along with the electrolyte minerals Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, and Phosphorus.
Phytosterols - Stigmasterol, Campesterol & B-sitosterol.
Besides containing all of these nutrients in rich amounts, açaí berries have also been found to contain 19 different amino acids, adding another feather to their already impressive nutrition cap.
So now that you have a clear concise idea about the various nutrients found in açaí berries, it is time to delve into the main reason behind the ever-growing popularity of açaí bowls.
Why are Açaí Bowls so popular?
Today, more and more Americans are looking to give up their fast-food eating ways and are switching to healthier alternatives.
Even though this is a highly encouraging sign, the ever-existing concern remains that the healthier alternatives may not always be even half as tasty as the fast food that people have been accustomed to eating and they may also not afford the convenience that fast food provides.
This may lead to people discontinuing their pursuit of healthy foods & falling back to their harmful junk-eating ways.
This is where açaí bowls steal the spotlight!
Besides possessing the massive perk of containing the nutrient-dense açaí, the fundamental reason for the immense popularity of açaí bowls is their highly attractive appearance & overall health-giving nature, along with their amazing taste & feel.
To put it plainly, açaí bowls are pleasing to the eyes, delicious to taste and nourishing for the body.
What else would you want from a foodstuff?
These alluring bowls are simply perfect for social media junkies, foodies and health enthusiasts alike!!
QWENCH Açaí Bowls
Our collection of açaí bowls at QWENCH are in a class of their own. All five have their own unique ingredients, comprising of a number of highly nutritious foods & superfoods with one thing in common between all five of them - highly enticing nature and equally scrumptious taste that gets customers hooked to them!
They have the ideal texture, consistency, and are also the biggest açaí bowls out of any juice bar, providing value for money while filling you up with essential nutrients!
Here’s a detailed overview of all five of our açaí bowls together with the açaí bowl benefits:
‘The Original’ açaí bowl is a classic example of how a combination of some of the most basic ingredients can conjure up a taste and flavor that is simply yummy & delightful, to put it mildly.
Açaí, strawberries, banana, coconut water, granola, and honey are the ingredients used in The Original açaí bowl, and they certainly don’t disappoint when blended together.
There’s plenty of energy for you to utilize with the quick-digesting carbs from banana, strawberries and granola, lots of antioxidants from the açaí and strawberries that will help reduce disease-causing free radicals in the body, and essential electrolytes from coconut water that will aid in regulating water levels, muscle function, and blood acidity.
The G-Bowl is a low calorie açaí bowl (510 cal) headlined by Greek yogurt and all the healthfulness that comes with it.
Açaí and Greek yogurt make for a power-packed combination consisting of essential nutrients in copious amounts.
Greek yogurt has become ubiquitous in the U.S. over the past decade courtesy of its thick, creamy & vastly nutritious nature and is certainly one of the best foods to include in an açaí bowl.
To talk about its nutrient content, in brief, Greek yogurt is a rich source of protein (10 grams/100g serving), various B-vitamins (riboflavin, vitamin B-6, cobalamin, pantothenic acid & thiamin), minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium & phosphorus) and probiotics.
Besides Greek yogurt, the açaí affords substantial amounts of antioxidants, vitamin A, calcium and dietary fiber while strawberries and banana provide fast-acting carbohydrates along with various minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients.
Almonds provide good amounts of protein & essential healthy fats, coconut flakes lend decent amounts of iron, zinc and dietary fiber while granola supplies healthy fats & dietary fiber along with several vitamins and minerals.
And to finish off things, honey adds a natural sweetness which further augments the rich taste & flavor of this nutrient-dense açaí bowl.
After brainstorming a number of unique açaí bowl ideas, we zeroed in on the formulation of the N-bowl.
Our vision behind its creation was to present our customers with an açaí bowl that is unparalleled when it comes to taste while still providing ample amounts of nutrients.
All of our five açaí bowls are known for their extremely delectable and savory nature, but the N-bowl particularly stands out among them, thanks in large part to the inclusion of Nutella as one of the main ingredients.
Even though including Nutella leads to a drop in the health quotient of the N-bowl, it leads to the formation of a one-of-a-kind açaí bowl that is supremely delicious and lip-smacking.
The N-bowl is particularly high in antioxidants with the presence of a duo of berries in blueberries & strawberries supplementing the already plentiful amounts provided by the ever-present açaí.
Bananas, granola, and almond milk fill up the final slots in the ingredients list, providing their own share of nutrients and playing their part in the formation of an incredibly mouthwatering & scrumptious açaí bowl.
Peanut butter is one of those few foods which are delicious, high in nutrition (abundant in protein, healthy fats, vitamin E & vitamin B3, and a good source of magnesium & copper) as well as extremely versatile when it comes to their consumption.
These favorable qualities have led to it becoming especially popular among health enthusiasts, with it being utilized as a spread in sandwiches, as an ingredient in smoothies & protein shakes, or just consumed by applying it on bananas, apples and other fruits.
So it was high time that an açaí bowl was based around peanut butter as the main ingredient, and we made sure that was the case by coming up with the P-bowl.
Besides the aforementioned wholesomeness of peanut butter, the P-bowl also has a couple of ‘superfoods’ in it (besides the açaí), in the form of maca (rich source of antioxidants & boosts energy levels) and hemp seeds (source of protein, essential healthy fats, dietary fiber, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, phosphorus & zinc).
The ingredients list also comprises of granola, another hemp commodity in the form of hemp milk (plentiful of calcium & decent amounts of omega-3 fatty acids), and a couple of luscious fruits in strawberries and banana.
Containing some of the most nutrient-dense foods in the form of kale, goji berries, pumpkin seeds and açaí, the K-bowl smashes all preconceptions of healthy food not being tasty.
It completely surpasses the expectations of our customers in regards to taste while supplying bagful of nutrients to substantially boost their health.
For openers, kale supplies significant amounts of the vitamins A, C & K, the minerals calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, and phytochemicals (carotenoids & flavonoids), along with providing a number of B-vitamins.
Goji berries, like various other berries, are a rich source of antioxidants, containing beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
They also supply more than 20 different vitamins & minerals.
Pumpkin seeds lend ample amounts of protein, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates and numerous minerals and vitamins, further elevating the nutrition content.
Along with the quartet of ‘superfoods’, the K-bowl also has the goodness of a couple of tropical fruits in pineapple (excellent source of vitamin C and contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals) and banana and that of the other remaining ingredients - granola, almond milk, and honey.