It is no secret that acai bowls are a top-trending food right now, but there is more to these bowls than their aesthetic. Packed full of nutrient-dense ingredients, a good acai bowl provides a variety of health benefits and a holistic way to care for one’s body. The ingredients in Persnickety’s acai bowls were strategically put together with health and wellness in mind.
Each bowl was designed with a nutritionist and chef to be packed with unique flavor as well as to benefit the body with specific health benefits.
- The Fitness “Nut” bowl’s greatest features are the pecans and walnuts spread on top, which provide protein, fiber and antioxidants that can help decrease inflammation, promote heart health, and are linked to a healthier brain.1
- The Beast Mode bowl has a few featured ingredients, such as the inclusion of basil.2 This herb adds more than another layer of flavor; basil is rich in vitamins and minerals that promote cardiovascular health, fight disease, and may have positive correlation to improved mental health.1 Another key base ingredient are blueberries, which are rich in antioxidants that help fight “free radicals,” cell damaging molecules linked to many diseases, and aid in lessening muscle damage after workouts.3
- The Hawaiian Immunity bowl, a popular acai bowl at Persnickety boasts pomegranate – a super food. The health benefits of pomegranates are so complex, they could merit their own blog post. This super fruit adds more than a pretty shade of color to the bowls; it is linked to many facets of physical health. Pomegranates improve physical performance by delaying muscle fatigue and increasing blood flow, bringing more energy to the body.4 It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help fight disease, and is packed full of necessary nutrients like, but not limited to, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium and protein (yes, protein can come from plants too).4 The Hawaiian Immunity bowl pairs this super fruit with the start of acai bowls: acai itself. This fruit, like other ingredients, is linked to disease prevention and healthy hearts, but it also supports a healthy gut by aiding in digestion.5 Combined with the variety of other fruit ingredients like high Vitamin C packed kiwi and oranges, this bowl is like giving your body an immunity jump when your battery is low.
Now more than ever, it is important to focus on consuming food that will promote good health. Full of nutrients that will strengthen and support the body’s nature immune responses, fruit may be our best access to a holistic way of improving physical abilities and guarding against disease. In this current time in our world, when extreme measures are being taken to protect ourselves and those around us, let us not forget the less extreme source of good health provided by the earth herself. We all could use a little more “Hawaiian Immunity” in our lives right now.
1Group, Dr. Edward. “Healthy Nuts: Pecans vs Walnuts.” Global Healing. January 8, 2016. https://globalhealing.com/natural-health/pecans-vs-walnuts/
2Brazier, Yvette. “Health benefits of basil.” Medical News Today. December 16, 2019. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266425
3Leech Joe. “10 Proven Health Benefits of Blueberries,” Healthline. October 9, 2018. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-blueberries
4Leech, Joe “12 Health Benefits of Pomegranate,” Healthline. August 15, 2018. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-proven-benefits-of-pomegranate
5Robbins, Ocean. “Are Acai Berries Really Superfoods? 5 Healthy Benefits of These Colorful Fruits.” Food Revolution Network. May 24, 2019. https://foodrevolution.org/blog/acai-berry-benefits/