I’m so excited to share this beautiful woman with you. Jordan Younger is renowned for her blog, The Balanced Blonde (previously known as The Blonde Vegan). She just released her first book, Breaking Vegan, which documents her journey through extreme dieting, orthorexia, and eventually her recovery to find balance. It’s a story about learning to love her body for what it does for her versus what it looks like.
Simple Superfood ACAI BOWL
from Breaking Vegan
I am freakishly into acai bowls. And I know what you’re thinking: The obsessive girl is freakishly into something—greaaattt. But not to worry! I didn’t touch acai bowls with a ten-foot pole when I was suffering from orthorexia, I’m sad to say, because even though I warned others not to fear the sugar content in fruit, I totally fell prey to counting grams of sugar and getting compulsive. Now I enjoy acai bowls whenever I feel like having them and especially the healthiest variations that I make for myself. I’m sharing my super-healthy, simple, and delicious acai bowl recipe with you because it’s packed full of superfoods, antioxidants, fiber, and deliciousness. I hope you love it as much as I do!
FOR THE ACAI BOWL:
1 overripe banana
2 tablespoons (9 g) acai powder or 1 packet (100 g, or 3.5 oz) frozen acai
1 tablespoon (5 g) cacao powder
1 tablespoon (15 g) maca powder
1 tablespoon (16 g) almond butter
A few pinches of cinnamon
FOR THE TOPPINGS:
½ cup (75 g) blueberries
½ of a banana, thinly sliced
¼ cup (31 g) granola (gluten-free, if neccessary)
1 tablespoon (4 g) coconut flakes
Blend all of the ingredients and pour into a bowl. Top with the toppings and enjoy! It’s super simple.
Yield: 1 to 2 servings
I know this recipe has some funky superfoods in it (namely, cacao and maca powder), and if you don’t have them on hand in your kitchen, don’t be afraid! This bowl will still be delicious and packed full of nutrients without them. If you want to try them, they are available online and in many health food stores. Cacao is a great antioxidant for natural, sustained energy and destroying free radicals. Maca is rich in vitamins B, C, and E and also provides plenty of zinc, magnesium, iron, and amino acids. These babies are nutrient powerhouses!