Acai Bowl

Acai Bowl

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For such a small berry, the acai packs a big punch. And, as it comes from the rainforests of South America, it also carries a fairly hefty price tag.

The acai bowl is one of the dishes that Brazil is famous for, and daughter #1 was very excited to have the chance to try it on the beach in Rio. Sadly, she was very disappointed (her comments are largely unprintable…)

When I found small packets of acai berries on sale in Singapore and tried to make a bowl myself at home, I understood exactly what she meant. The berries come frozen, and if you defrost them completely they turn into a ghastly brown mush.

Fortunately, there are now a couple of places here which are dedicated to serving acai bowls as they should be – with the berries still frozen but broken up into a texture like granita. Served with artfully arranged fresh fruit, granola, bee pollen, chia seeds, coconut shavings and cacao nibs, this becomes a delicious treat.

Not to mention ridiculously healthy. The acai is full of antioxidants and omegas 3, 6 and 9, which are supposed to fight free radicals, prevent all sorts of problems including heart disease and cancer, and even boost energy whilst delaying signs of aging. As if all that wasn’t enough, they are low GI, vegan, and manage to make you feel full after eating just a small portion.

I can certainly vouch for that last part – a small bowl, costing only S$6.80, is more than an adequate substitute for lunch and leaves me feeling particularly virtuous.