Special Diets | 18 April 2016Meatless Monday: Acai Bowl Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Sometimes we get so caught up in our busy lives that we put little thought into what were eating. But the truth is, a satisfying breakfast is essential to starting your day the right way! Treat yourself to a delicious, nutritious and special meal with this amazing acai bowl from Raw Organic Goodness. The perfect summer breakfast – a bowl of antioxidant-rich acai is blended with berries and banana to make a healthy sorbet topped with probiotic-filled coconut yogurt (see page 34), grawnola and fresh fruit. A beautiful and delicious way to start the morning that the whole family will get into. Acai – pronounced ah–sigh–EE, although I’ve been known to fashion my own way of saying things! A popular breakfast dish in Brazil – acai is classed as a superfood – you get a lot of nutrition per mouthful. It is a potent source of antioxidants and lots of other goodies like omega 3, 6 and 9. Make time: 10 minutes + component recipe | Serves: 2 | Equipment required: blender 6 tbsp acai pulp (you can purchase frozen at health food stores) or 3 tbsp acai powder 1 fresh ripe banana ½ cup frozen strawberries ½ cup frozen blueberries garnish – fresh fruit of your choice, grawnola and coconut yogurt (see page 34) Blend all ingredients until very smooth. You could add a little almond milk or water to get it smooth if your blender is having difficulty with the frozen berries. You want a smooth sorbet-like texture. You could also use fresh berries when in season; just add ¾ cup ice to make it come up like a sorbet. Pour into 2 bowls and top with your choice of fresh fruit, grawnola and coconut yogurt. Coconut Yogurt A must-have ingredient in the refrigerator, this yogurt is an everyday staple. Fermented, living probiotic foods are extremely beneficial for your health; coconut yogurt is the perfect way to introduce them to your diet in a delectable form. Make time: 10 minutes | Fermenting time: 7–12 hours | Equipment required: blender 2 cups young coconut flesh, scooped and washed clean (approximately 2 coconuts) ¾ cup coconut water or filtered water (if your coconut meat is thick then you will need to add more filtered water to the blend) 1 oz coconut kefir or 3 capsules of dairy-free probiotics Blend the coconut flesh with the coconut water or water. Blend until the coconut flesh is smooth and creamy like the texture of runny custard. Mix in the coconut kefir or probiotics; kefir makes a more alive yogurt with a tarter taste so if you have it available it is preferable to use. Pour contents of your blender into a clean glass bowl or jar. If using a jar make sure the mix only comes to about half way, as it will expand while fermenting. Cover the bowl or jar with a lid, place in a warm place like a hot water cupboard or next to your dehydrator for the yogurt to culture overnight, but no more than 12 hours. In warmer months you should only leave to culture for a maximum of 7–8 hours at room temperature. Keeps in the refrigerator for 4–5 days. The yogurt should be white. If it turns pink, discard it. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Discover the very best way to eat raw. Through amazing delicious recipes and beautiful photos, Raw Organic Goodness is a cookbook that offers the best way to eat naturally healthy, clean ingredients. If you use the finest foods that nature has to offer, you will get unsurpassed flavor and nutritional content. Raw foods are in their purest state – no heating above 46*C(114.8*F). This ensures the food retains all its enzymes and nutrients and its life force, which means every bite contains more goodness for your body. And it gets better! Organic foods are grown without harmful chemicals. No chemicals in the food means no chemicals in you or the environment. Chef Megan May teaches you how to eat this way, because food should be good for you, packed with all the nutrition you need, to feel fabulous. Goodness – you are what you eat. Raw Organic Goodness takes healthy a few steps further, by sprouting and activating your own nuts and seeds. This not only increases their nutritional content, it also makes every bit of that goodness more bio-available to your body, so it can do its happy, healthy thing. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.