Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Pineapple Acai Bowl
A smoothie bowl is only as good as its base. You can’t throw a bunch of toppings on top of a sub-par smoothie bowl and expect it to turn out great. A smoothie bowl is a great place to experiment blending interesting flavors that not only taste good, but also serve a nutritional benefit. The base of this smoothie bowl is tangy acai, sweet pineapple, savory turmeric and a creamy banana. Let’s talk about how these ingredients, plus our optional toppings, contribute to the flavor and health of our bowl.
Pronounced ah-sah-EE, this little purple fruit has a huge following. It is touted as a superfood because of its incredible nutritional profile. Its vibrant purple color comes from anthocyanins, which offer incredible antioxidant, anticancer and anti-inflammatory potential (R). Acai has even been studied for its potential as a template for neurological disorder treatments (R).
If you’re looking for a great source of Vitamin C, look no further than pineapple. One serving provides all the Vitamin C you need for a day and more. Vitamin C helps boost the immune system and is essential for optimal development (R). Not only is it packed with important vitamins and minerals, but also potent disease-fighting antioxidants (R). Pineapple is also abundant in an enzyme called bromelain, which aids in digestion and has also been shown to help with coughing, sinusitis, surgical trauma and enhancement of drug absorption (R).
This super spice is a superstar in the anti-inflammatory world. It’s active component, curcumin, has been studied extensively for its incredible health benefits, including cancer prevention and treatment (R). It has also shown protective effects against cardiovascular and neurological health (R). It is best absorbed with a little black pepper, is why we include dash in our smoothie bowl.
Who doesn’t love piling the toppings high? I know I love it, but don’t forget that each scoop of topping is contributing to the overall calories and sugar content of your meal. Since the base of our bowl already has a good bit of sugar, I suggest starting with the toppings that are rich in health fats and protein, like nuts and seeds. You can be more liberal with these. Next comes the fresh and/or dried fruit sparingly. I love the combination of pistachios, chia, coconut and pomegranate, but find the combo that works for you and run with it!
1/2 cup frozen unsweetened açaí puree
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp nuts (almonds, pistachios, pine nuts)
1 Tbsp seeds (chia seeds, flax seeds)
1 Tbsp dried fruit (shredded coconut, currants, dates)
2 Tbsp fresh fruit (pomegranates, berries)
In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients until smooth, adding 2 Tbsp water at a time as needed. You want the consistency to be thick.
Transfer to a bowl then top with shredded coconut, pistachios, pine nuts and dried currants.