Finding the Perfect Acai Bowls in New Orleans
There are a lot of food trends that come and go in New Orleans, but one popular dish that is here to stay is the healthy and refreshing acai bowl. The acai berry has been heralded as a delicious and highly nutritious fruit with a unique and flavorful taste. Serving this fruit blended in a bowl with a host of other nutritious and beautiful toppings makes waking up in the morning a whole lot easier. Acai bowls look a lot like ice cream and even have a sweet taste that is similar to that favorite dessert. However, unlike ice cream, you won’t regret eating a bowl. Finding the perfect acai bowls in New Orleans shouldn’t be difficult, so learn more about Poke Loa’s tasty offerings.
Health Benefits of the Acai Berry
The deep purple acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) berry looks similar to a grape and has a sweet, tropical flavor with a hint of cacao. Because the flavor is so versatile it can be used as a base or mix-in with many diverse flavors. The acai berry grows on a palm tree in the Brazilian rainforests. When looking for the fruit in grocery stores, you will more than likely find it frozen as a puree instead of fresh in the produce section.
What makes acai so popular in the U.S. is its incredible health benefits. Acai has been declared a superfood and consuming it as a breakfast bowl is the perfect way to start your day. Acai is one of the only fruits found in the world that contains healthy omega fats, fiber, and antioxidants. A few of the health benefits acai berries may help promote include:
- Cognitive Function: Diets rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds may help reduce the risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Anticancerous Properties: Anthocyanins, a flavonoid found in dark-skinned fruits and vegetables, act as antioxidants and may prevent cancer cell increase.
- Heart Health: The heart-healthy fats found in acai berries support heart function, while anthocyanins can help reduce the risk of a heart attack. The berries are also rich in fiber which can help lower the chance of cardiovascular disease.
- Lower Cholesterol: Heart-healthy fats, like those found in acai berries, can increase good HDL cholesterol and decrease bad LDL cholesterol.
Acai berries are also a nutrient-dense fruit that is low in sugar. Keep in mind, like all things, acai bowls should be consumed in moderation to receive the most benefits. If you get an acai bowl that is covered in sugary toppings, this will quickly undo the healthy breakfast you’re striving for. The nutritional breakdown of the acai berry in 100 grams includes:
- Calories: 70
- Saturated Fat: 1.5 grams
- Fat: 5 grams
- Carbs: 4 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Sugar: 2 grams
Since the acai berry is considered one of the healthiest fruits you can eat, it’s no wonder that people are opting to enjoy acai bowls at breakfast time. Not only are they a perfect healthy breakfast meal, but they’re also a refreshing way to start your morning during those hot New Orleans summer days.
The Perfect Acai Poke Bowl at Poke Loa
At Poke Loa, we strive to bring you the healthiest acai bowls in New Orleans. That way you can reap the health benefits while also enjoying a sweet treat in the morning. We use Sambazon 100 percent pure acai pulp blend in each of our bowls to give you the highest quality acai on the market. Sambazon was the first company to bring acai to the United States and is dedicated to assisting their farmers in the Amazon while also bringing the health benefits of the berry to their customers. This is why we use their delicious brand to ensure our customers get the very best quality acai on the market.
To add a little more creaminess and healthy fats, we blend avocado into our acai puree base to really make us stand out compared to other offerings. This gives each bowl an added dose of nutrients while also keeping them vegan-friendly. Just like our poke bowls, we make each acai bowl fully customizable to fit your dietary needs and your own unique taste. Choose from different topping options like our healthy crunchy granola, fruit rich in antioxidants like blueberries and strawberries, or potassium-rich bananas. Almond butter and honey add a more creamy sweetness when lightly drizzled over your bowl. The topping combinations are endless and our Poke Loa staff can help you design the perfect acai bowl to really give your breakfast that extra bit of early morning energy.
Acai Bowls in New Orleans
At Poke Loa, we have the freshest local ingredients in Louisiana. Whether you’re stopping by to pick up one of our delicious lunch or dinner poke bowls, or looking to see why our acai bowls are a hit for breakfast, our staff is fully prepared to design a bowl based on your own unique needs. Visit one of our locations today to enjoy delicious poke and acai bowls and see why we’re one of the healthiest restaurants in New Orleans.