Providing you with tons of protein, omega-3s, fiber, and good carbs, this protein-packed acai bowl is an absolute winner. Save your $15 and make this at home! It’s incredibly easy, and great for breakfast or a post-workout meal!
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Two meals that are the most important: Breakfast and Post-Workout meals. This recipe fulfills either purpose. I think we all could agree that breakfast is the most important meal (unless you are fasting of course). What most people ignore is the importance of a post-workout meal. Smoothie and acai bowls are perfect for both!
Post-workout meals are essential for muscle revival and growth.
While working out, the proteins in the muscle get broken down and your glycogen storage—the body’s main fuel source for our cells, is completely diminished. To efficiently repair your body and support muscle growth your body needs essential nutrients to repair. Everyone is well aware of protein and the need to consume protein to build muscle. However, there is another nutrient your body is begging for after a workout: Carbohydrates, the most significant source of energy for your body! Protein can convert into glucose, but the process is not as efficient as carbohydrates, which are the main source of glucose generation.
Protein and Carbohydrates work simultaneously to aid recovery and build muscle.
Protein supplies your body with the amino acids necessary for muscle renewal and development, while carbohydrates supply your body with the fuel necessary to expedite recovery.
- The rule of thumb is that you should consume 3:1 (carbs to protein) post-workout. (1)
- Consume 0.5-0.7 grams of carbs per pound of bodyweight post-workout (2)
- Consume 0.14-0.23 grams of protein per pound of body weight post-workout (2)
- Most importantly, a post-workout meal means consuming a meal within 30-45 minutes after working out!
So, if I weigh 130 pounds and eat my recommended amount of carbs and protein, that means I will consume between 65-91 grams of carbohydrates and between 18- 30 grams of protein.
You do not have to be super technical, especially if you are just beginning to work out. What is most important is that you eat a protein and carb-rich meal 30-45 minutes after your workout. My Protein-Packed Acai bowl is filled with tons of nutrients that aid your body in recovery after working out, AND it is a delicious treat!
I use Unflavored BulletProof Collagen as my protein source. I’ve tried so many protein powders in the past and this, by far is the best one! It has absolutely no taste, which is extremely important to me! It also has 24 grams of Hydrolyzed Collagen per serving, which is an essential amino acid for hair, skin, nail, and joint repair. This is my go-to protein powder!
How to make a protein-packed acai bowl
- While the acai is still in the packet, break the acai into 3-4 pieces. Place the acai in the blender. Add frozen fruit of choice (like frozen blueberries or bananas) to the blender, along with your favorite protein powder. Add any optional add-ins to enhance your bowls, such as almond butter, avocado, or maca powder.
- Add 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk of choice. Blend on medium-high setting until smooth, about 30-60 seconds. If the acai is too thick, add in a small amount of non-dairy milk. Add only a couple of tablespoons at a time and blend until you reach your desired texture.
- Scoop the acai into a bowl and add the toppings. Feel free to add as many toppings as you like!
I also load my acai bowl with all the fruits and superfoods I have in the kitchen. I love adding avocado to the base because it gives the acai mixture a smooth texture and adds extra nutrients. I also add almond butter to add just a bit more protein to the mix.
I do not use ice in my mix and find it dilutes the flavor of the acai. Instead, I use frozen organic berries, which are loaded with antioxidants.
What To Add In Smoothie Bowls
- Seeds and Nuts: Great options are Sliced Almonds, Goji Berries, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Hemp seeds, Coconut shavings, Pumpkin Seeds, Dried Mulberries
- Any fresh fruit: Try blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, sliced banana, mango, or kiwi
- Granola: This is completely optional, but provides a nice crunch to the bowl. Making your own is a lot better than store-bought. Try our Grain-Free Granola, Maple Granola, or Honey Almond Granola.
- Sweeteners or Nut Butter: Honey, Agave, Peanut Butter, or Almond Butter are perfect to drizzle on top of your acai bowl.
Try out this Protein Acai Bowl and let me know what you think!
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More Protein-Packed Breakfast/Post-Workout Recipes:
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- Protein-Packed Maple Granola Recipe | Gluten-Free
- Breakfast Egg Muffins | Easy, 20-minute Recipe!
- High Protein Carrot Cake Baked Oats (Gluten-Free)
Protein Packed Acai Bowl
Acai Bowl Base
- 1 Unsweetened Acai Packet
- 1 1/2 cup Frozen Organic Blueberries
- 2 Scoops Unflavored BulletProof Collage Protein (or your favorite protein powder)
- 1/4-1/3 cup Organic Almond Milk
- 2 tbsp Almond Butter
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1 tsp Maca
- 1/4 cup Granola
- 1/2 Mango, cut into cubes
- 1 Kiwi Sliced
- 2 tsp Goji Berries
- 1 tsp Chia Seeds
- 2 tsp Coconut Shavings
- Take the Acai Packet out of the freezer and run it briefly under cold water. Set the acai packet aside while you gather all of the ingredients for the bowl.
- While the acai is still in the packet, break the acai into 3-4 pieces. Place the acai in the blender. Add frozen blueberries (or fruit of choice) to the blender, along with your favorite protein powder. Add any optional add-ins to enhance your bowl, such as almond butter, avocado, or maca powder.
- Add in 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk of choice. Blend on medium-high setting until smooth, about 30-60 seconds. If the acai is too thick, add in a small amount of non-dairy milk. Add only a couple of tablespoons at a time and blend until you reach your desired texture. Scoop the acai into a bowl and add the toppings. Feel free to add as many toppings as you like!
- Scoop the acai into a bowl and add the toppings. Feel free to add as many toppings as you like! Enjoy!
- Serving: 1
- Fat: 61.6g
- Calories: 748
- Protein: 23.3g
- If the smoothie is not thick enough, add more frozen fruit and blend to thicken.
- Add as much almond milk as you like. No more than 1/2 cup is recommended to maintain a thick consistency.