Gourmet: Bowl of Berries
Sample the latest superfood sweeping through Austin.
What happens when two venturesome best friends move from Hawaii to Austin? Loving the Live Music Capital of the World but craving their go-to healthy snacks, Erin Downing and Kara Jordan started a healthy-food-truck concept in 2010 called Blenders & Bowls that incorporates the Brazilian superfood açaí into every smoothie and snack bowl. Eventually, this enterprising duo turned in the keys to the truck and opened a brick-and-mortar location next door to the Wanderlust Yoga studio downtown at Fourth and Brazos streets. Now, Blenders & Bowls operates a second (and flagship) location in Westlake and will soon open a third location in East Austin. Austin Woman asked Downing and Jordan to spill the açaí berries on what makes this antioxidant-rich superfood so invigorating. They one-upped us and instead divulged the recipe for the energizing Green Bowl, complete with personalized preparation tips. —Emily C. Laskowski
The Green Bowl
Courtesy of Blenders & Bowls
Serving size: One 12-ounce bowl
Nutrition per serving: 419 calories, 47.9 grams carbs, 8.2 grams protein, 26.1 grams sugar, 19.1 grams fat
1 frozen açaí pack (Substitute açaí powder if you can’t find frozen açaí.)
1 frozen banana
1/4 frozen avocado (You can freeze avocado in ice trays ahead of time.)
1 handful spinach or greens of choice (Spinach blends the best.)
4 ounces almond milk or coconut water
1/2 cup granola of choice
2 to 3 strawberries, chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons cucumber, chopped and peeled (You can leave the skin on if it’s organic.)
1 tablespoon almonds, sliced
Honey, for drizzling (Use local, raw honey to help with allergies.)
1. Blend the açaí, banana, avocado, spinach and almond milk (or coconut water) until the mixture is smooth.
2. Top it with granola, strawberries, cucumber and almonds. Drizzle the dish with honey.
3. Get creative with toppings. There is no right or wrong way and you don’t have to stick to exact measurements. Just pick your favorite ingredients and top away!
What is Açaí?
The açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) berry is small, has a reddish-purple color and is harvested from açaí palms in South America. The skin of an açaí berry is enriched with a higher concentration of antioxidants than any other known fruit in the world. The açaí berry has 1 6 types of antioxidant compounds (compared with five in blueberries) and has a flavor often described as reminiscent of dark chocolate.
Bowl photos courtesy of Blenders & Bowls.