Mmm I don’t know about you but summer is one of my favourite seasons and I would just chase the summer around the world if I could!
Summer to me is extended sunshine which lights up my world, fresh fruit and vegetables, being out in nature, and listening to the waves crashing on the rocks at the beach while playing ‘Summer Nights’ from Grease in my head. Part of these experiences most definitely involve trying out new cafes where my excitement goes on overdrive when I see an Acai Bowl or smoothie bowl on the menu resulting in my tummy starts to growl with the anticipation of these wonderful creations.
With this in mind I have decided to create my Acai Summer Protein Bowl so that I can have them anytime I like; breakfast, lunch, dinner, summer, spring, autumn and winter. All year round!
There is just something about turning this creation, which virtually is a smoothie, into a bowl form. It must be the fact that this leaves you with more room to play and have fun with adding all the additional toppings and just going nuts with this!
In my Acai Summer Protein Bowl I decided to give it an extra oomph by adding in my Amazonia Raw Protein Isolate Cacao and Coconut Protein Powder. This is completely optional if you have protein powder in your kitchen, or could even be replaced with cacao powder for a chocolaty taste to your acai bowl, or omitted altogether.
I enjoy my Acai Summer Protein Bowl with the extra protein especially when I have this as my post workout meal. The amount I have included in one large bowl will provide you with approximately 36.45 grams of protein based on just the protein powder itself!
Consuming 20 to 40 grams of protein post workout has been identified as an optimal amount, especially after a strength based workout, to stimulate muscle protein synthesis so that your muscles can both grow and repair after your workout. This amount of protein matched with the simple sugar of fructose from the fruit within this Acai Bowl makes it an ultimate post workout (or just amazing meal). This is due to the fact that after your workout your body will be depleted of its glycogen and glucose stores. Through incorporating a good mix of protein and carbohydrates post workout this will be able to prevent your body from catabolising your muscle tissue, converting it into glucose to use as your source of energy. Through consuming simple carbohydrates insulin will be released, helping to drive the nutrients into the muscle cells with the aid of the protein.
Makes 1 large bowl or 3 small bowls
Vegan, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free
Preparation & Cooking Time
Total Time: 15 minutes
Acai Puree Ingredients:
- 150 grams frozen spinach
- 150 grams frozen raspberries
- 150 grams frozen mango chunks
150 grams pear chunks
- 6 teaspoons acai powder
- 45 grams of Amazonia Raw Protein Isolate Cacao and Coconut protein powder (or any other chocolate protein powder)
- 1 and a half cups of soy milk
- sprinkle of desiccated coconut
- chopped cashews
- edible flowers for decoration
- 1 x blender
- 1 x measuring cup
- 1 x measuring spoon
- 1 x measuring scale
- 1 x knife
- 1 x chopping board
- 1 x cutlery spoon and bowl
- Prepare acai purée: To a blender add the spinach, raspberries, mange chunks, pear chunks, acai powder, chocolate protein powder, and soy milk. Blend on low until larger chunks are broken down, then gradually increase speed, adding a splash of milk at a time, and stopping to scrape down sides of blender if needed. When ingredients have mostly come together and all of milk has been added, blend on high for 15 to 20 seconds more.
- Add toppings: Pour acai purée into a bowl and add toppings to your desire. This should be cool enough to eat straight away or can be placed in the refrigerator for 10 minutes if you would like it cooler for those hot summer days!
- For an added health and colour boost, try adding about 1 teaspoon of spirulina or greens powder to the acai purée.
- If you would like to use some other toppings then feel free to experiments with granola, chopped pear, raspberries, kiwi fruit, pineapple, banana, almonds, chia seeds, and so many more