As one of the most trusted contract food services companies in the Southeast, we keep up with the latest in healthy foods, trends, and essentially everything “food” in the corporate, education, concessions, airport, and other environments. We know that açai bowls have been all the rage lately, but we’re wondering; are they really all that healthy? Mostly, yes – but it depends. Keep reading to learn why.
Açai berries are native to South American rainforests and are dark purple in color. Everyone knows what smoothies are, but the buzz lately has been smoothie bowls, which are much like regular smoothies you drink, only so thick they’re eaten with a spoon. Whether they’re super healthy or not depends largely on the toppings you add, much like a salad. Salads are healthy, but when you top them with cheese, ham, eggs, and other goodies, along with dressings high in fat, not so much.
Smoothie bowls are one of the trendiest things in breakfast today, and according to science, açai is a fruit known to have lots of vitamin A, fiber, and antioxidants. Rich in anthocyanins, açai berries, like other berries, are said to have anti-cancer properties. When topped with fruit, granola, healthy nuts, and similar toppings, it’s a super-healthy breakfast.
Unlike other berries, açai is said to promote a feeling of fullness, which means you’re less likely to snack and eat unhealthy foods in between meals. This is due to the fact that the berries contain about 70% fat, both unsaturated and saturated, which, along with the fiber, produces the full feeling.
Here’s the twist: The açai fruit can’t be purchased in the U.S., other than in a frozen pulp or freeze-dried powder form, because the berries are highly perishable. Whichever you choose to use, be sure to read the labels and choose powder or pulp with the highest concentrations of açai, and no added fillers or sugars.
Whether in the campus menu or corporate cafeteria, açai smoothie bowls can be one of the healthiest and most satisfying options, as long as you keep the add-ins and toppings healthy. Think seeds, fruit, nuts, cacao nibs, Greek yogurt – be creative!
As long as you stick to healthy add-ins and toppings, and stay away from sugar-filled ingredients, açai smoothie bowls are a great addition to the menu – and one with lots of health benefits.
At Gourmet Services, Inc. we’re all about helping you create healthy menu choices made with fresh, quality ingredients. Whether for K-12 or college cafeterias, corporate dining, or even airport and other concessions, trust our foodservice management company to deliver beyond your expectations.