Wonder Foods: Acai & Poke
Acai (Ah-sah-EE) Bowls
Wondering what all the buzz about acai bowls is these days?
If you’ve been lucky enough to have had indulged in one, you won’t be surprised by the fuss. These heaping bowls of goodness may have you turning up your nose the next time you are offered a smoothie or ice cream.
These yummy breakfast (or anytime) treats taste amazingly sweet and are deliciously filling, and one of the greatest things about gobbling up one of these bowls is that not only will you be indulging your taste buds, you will also investing in your overall health.
These tropical berries are served up in frozen, pureed form and are usually topped with anything from fruit and peanut butter to granola and oatmeal. In berry form, acai berries resemble grapes and are made up mostly of seeds. They grow on Acai palm trees in the rainforests of South America. And all the delicious juice is in the skin. And wow, it is tasty… and did we mention incredibly healthy?
Well, it deserves repeating because we did a little research on the health benefits of the acai and we were wowed. We think you will be, too. After reading, you may find yourself heading out the door to treat your taste buds to a delicious bowl combination. The berries:
- are very high in anthocyanins, a plant antioxidant credited with lowering cholesterol levels.
- contain plant sterols that carry cardio-protective benefits by preventing blood clots and improving circulation.
- are packed with polyphenols, which are known to battle cancerous growth.
- are a great source of the immune booster Vitamin C.
- promote skin health and aid in weight loss.
And those are just a few of the health benefits that this super food packs in that small little berry. So do yourself a favor and indulge. Your taste buds – and your body – will thank you.
Poke (Poh – KEH) Bowls
While the acai bowl has received quite a bit of fanfare lately, there’s another popular Hawaiian dish has been making itself known recently. Poke (pronounced poh-keh), is a staple in the Aloha state and typically consists of thick cubes of yellowfin tuna often marinated in soy sauce, green onions and sesame oil. Poke is often served on top of rice and can be served cooked or raw, hot or cold.
Hawaiian for “section or slice,” Poke’s seasonings are often influenced by Japanese and other Asian cuisines. And poke doesn’t just have to be made with tuna. It can come with anything from octopus to avocado. However it’s served, poke is bound to be a hit, whether you are on the Big Island or not.
Both the Acai and Poke bowls are available at The Spot in Nags Head.