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Normally a chilled summer treat, acai shouldn’t just be reserved for that time of year. This powerful “super berry” contains immune boosting antioxidants as well as good amounts of Vitamins A and C, so it’s the perfect snack to help fight off sickness and keep you healthy during cold and flu season. Try keeping it pre-made in your freezer and then add the toppings for a great recovery snack after a training session out in the cold weather. The addition of pumpkin pie spice brings out the depth of the acai berries, for a special seasonal touch.
4-pack 100g unsweetened acai pouches (or acai smoothie pouches)
2 cups non-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 TBSP pure maple syrup (if using the unsweetened acai pouches*)
2 bananas, sliced
1 small apple, finely chopped
1 1/3 cup raspberries or other fresh berries
¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
2 TBSP chia seeds
1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
*The smoothie pouches are already sweetened with cane juice and don’t require the addition of maple syrup.
1. In a blender, combine the 4 acai packs along with the Greek yogurt and maple syrup until smooth. Divide into 4 bowl or glass storage containers. Freeze to top later or top immediately.
2. Each bowl or container should be topped with 1/3 cup raspberries, ½ sliced banana, ¼ of the diced apple, 1 TBSP pumpkin seeds, and ½ TBSP chia seeds.
3. Sprinkle ¼ TBSP pumpkin pie spice over the top of each bowl to finish.
Jessica Cerra is the owner of Fit Food by Jess, a private chef and catering company in Encinitas, Calif., and the co-founder of Harmony Bar. A former professional XTERRA triathlete, Cerra now races for Twenty16 Women’s Professional Cycling Team.