12 acai bowl benefits that will make you want to eat this everyday!

Acai bowl benefits range from weight loss promoting heart health and immunity. Read on to know how these wonder-bowls work for your body
An acai bowl
Acai bowls are a mixture of fruits, nuts, granola and a base liquid like juice or coconut water. Image courtesy: Freepik
Anjuri Nayar Singh Published: 15 Dec 2023, 10:30 am IST
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Who wants to eat regular-cut fruits, when you can treat yourself to a fancy acai bowl? If you are also someone who wants to eat healthy, but are tired of looking for ways to make your fruit bowl taste, and look, more interesting, acai bowls are your answer. Not only are they absolutely delicious but there are numerous acai bowl benefits.

Fruits, nuts, juice, almond milk…you name it, and you can add it in your bowl! Health Shots got in touch with dietitian Garima Goyal, who tells us everything that there is not know about acai bowls.

What is an acai bowl?

Acai bowls are fruit bowls with a twist! They typically start with a base made from frozen acai berries, which are native to the Amazon rainforest. They are popular in several countries. But in India, they are only cultivated in Kerala, otherwise you get acai in a freeze-dried powder or puree form.

“To get started, the frozen acai berries are mixed with other fruits like bananas or berries. After this, a liquid base such as apple juice, coconut water, or almond milk is added. The result is a thick, smooth, and creamy mixture with a vibrant purple hue. This serves as the base of the bowl,” explains Goyal.

Then come the favourite part, the toppings! The toppings play a crucial role in enhancing both the flavour and texture. “Common toppings include granola for crunch, sliced bananas, berries, coconut flakes, chia seeds, and nuts for added texture and nutritional value,” says Goyal.

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Acai bowls are great for your digestion. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Are acai bowls healthy?

Acai bowls are not only delicious but also offer a refreshing and nutritious option for a meal or snack. The nutritional value of an acai bowl can vary based on the specific ingredients and portion sizes.

1. Antioxidant-rich

Antioxidants have many benefits including guarding cells against damage. Also, antioxidants in acai may promote skin health by reducing oxidative stress and supporting collagen production, contributing to a more radiant complexion.

2. Heart health

The monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids present in acai can help with cardiovascular health. One of the most important acai bowl benefits it that it healthy cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease.

3. Fibre

Fibre is essential for your body as it helps digestion, prevents constipation, and supports a healthy gut microbiome. Acai bowls, with their fruit and granola content, are a great source of this essential nutrient. The combination of fibre and healthy fats supports a well-functioning digestive system, promoting regular bowel movements and overall digestive comfort. Additionally, the fibre content helps regulate blood sugar levels.

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4. Vitamins and minerals

Acai bowls have many vitamins including vitamin C for immune support, potassium for heart health, and various others that contribute to overall vitality and well-being.

5. Carbohydrates

Carbs from fruits and granola serve as a quick and sustained energy source, making acai bowls a suitable choice for a nutritious and energising snack or meal.

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Acai bowls help in weight reduction and maintenance. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

6. Weight management

The combination of fibre and a balance of macronutrients help in weight management by promoting a feeling of fullness and preventing overeating.

7. Anti-inflammatory properties

Compounds in acai berries may have anti-inflammatory effects, potentially reducing inflammation in the body and lowering the risk of chronic diseases associated with inflammation.

8. Brain health

Antioxidants and healthy fats contribute to brain health, potentially enhancing cognitive function and reducing the risk of age-related cognitive decline.

9. Hydration and electrolyte balance

The liquid base, often coconut water or almond milk, not only adds flavour but also contributes to hydration, maintaining proper electrolyte balance for optimal bodily functions.

10. Bone strength

Minerals like calcium and phosphorus found in acai and toppings support bone health, crucial for maintaining strong and healthy bones.

11. Muscle recovery and repair

Protein from toppings like nuts and seeds aids in muscle recovery and repair, making acai bowls a beneficial option for individuals engaging in physical activities.

12. Mood and cognitive enhancement

Nutrient-dense foods, including acai, can positively impact mood and cognitive function by providing essential nutrients necessary for optimal brain function.

How to make an acai bowl at home?

Making an acai bowl at home is simple and allows you to customize it to your liking.


1. Acai Puree Pack (frozen)
2. 1/2 to 1 Banana (frozen or fresh)
3. 1/2 cup Berries (such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries)
4. 1/2 cup Liquid (coconut water, almond milk, or fruit juice)
5. Toppings (granola, sliced fruits, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes)


1. Prepare the Acai base

Run the acai puree pack under warm water for a few seconds to soften it. Break the pack into chunks and place it in a blender. Add the frozen or fresh banana, berries, and the liquid of your choice.

2. Blend until smooth

Blend the ingredients until you achieve a thick, smooth consistency. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender to ensure everything is well mixed.

3. Check the consistency

The acai base should be thick enough to hold its shape but still smooth and spoonable. Adjust the liquid if needed.

4. Assemble the bowl and add toppings

Pour the blended acai mixture into a bowl. Top the acai base with your favorite toppings. Common choices include granola, sliced banana, berries, nuts, seeds, and coconut flakes.




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