When I mentioned on Instagram that I was doing some serious Acai research for a freelance project, I was asked what my personal opinion on Acai bowls and their nutritional claims were.
Firstly, I think they’re delicious.
Secondly, whilst I am training to be an RD, I am not yet the most qualified person to answer these sorts of questions, so I asked my favourite Dietitians- the girls at Eat & Think for their professional opinon on Acai.
And I loved the answer
‘Acai berries are rich in anthocyanins, this gives them their blue/purple hue. Anthocyanins are antioxidants that are particularly beneficial for heart healthy and may help lower blood pressure and reduce cancer risk.
I personally would not bother with them just for their nutritional benefits as you can get all that goodness from aubergine, blueberries, blackberries, prunes, plums, pomegranates. They’re also a lot cheaper!’
So there you go, eat them because they’re delicious, and view the antioxidants as an added bonus to your little bowl of goodness.
My favourite Acai bowl is from London’s only Acai bar in Gloucester Road. Serving up these delights to eat in or enjoy on the go, you’ll have an authentic taste of Brazil in these bowls. Choose from a huge variety of toppings to add extra nutrients to your brekkie.
Viva Acai, Gloucester Arcade, Gloucester Road – I just wish they opened earlier!
Coming in with a close second is Raw Press. My first taste of Acai outside of South America, this frozen bowl was topped with gluten free granola, Coyo, almond butter and berries- some of my favourite things.
If we’re friends, I will probably drag you to Chiswick sometime to eat at the recently opened Wild Bunch Juicery. I’ve been here (alone) more times than I care to divulge. The smoothies are great, the acai bowls are fab and generously topped, and the cakes are indulgent. The fact that it’s walking distance from my house is dangerous.
I am a massive fan of the Good Life Eatery, particularly their Pink Panther smoothie, and the Acai bowl is pretty darn delicious. It’s not frozen, so has a little thinner consistency than the other bowls, but it’s more winter friendly.
So these are my top choices on where to get an the best Acai bowls in London. What do you think? Have you ever tried Acai?