National Açaí Bowl Day is celebrated annually on April 6. Açaí bowls are Brazilian dessert-inspired breakfast that is both delicious and nutritious. It is observed in 30 states of the U.S. If you are a fan of exotic fruits and wholesome breakfasts, then we have the perfect holiday for you. The key to having the perfect açaí bowl is striking the right balance between the sweet and tangy flavor of the berries with the earthly texture of nuts and seeds. So run to your favorite cafe and grab an açaí bowl as we set out to celebrate this nourishing holiday.
History of National Acai Bowl Day
Remember the year 2014, when you couldn’t cross the street without spotting a purple smoothie bowl topped with strawberries and granola? Because we do! Back when the world went crazy for açaí, not many believed that this trend would go on for another decade. But açaí bowls have stood the test of time.
Today, the açaí market stands at $750 million — and is expected to cross $2 billion by 2025. When it comes to antioxidants, Açaí, a Brazilian superfood, beats out its contemporaries, such as blueberries and cranberries.
Açaí bowl, also known as ‘Açaí na tigela,’ is a dessert dish native to the people of Brazil. The modernized recipe, however, owes its invention and propagation to Carlos Gracie. In the late 1980s, the Gracie family began serving the light and colorful version of the bowl to deep divers at the coast of Brazil. But it wasn’t until the early 2000s when the western world got a hold on the açaí bowl.
In the late 1990s, three Americans, Ryan Black, Edmund Nichols, and Jeremy Black, returned from a brief trip to Brazil — infatuated with the humble serving of an açaí bowl. Together, they founded Sambazon, the Amazon superfood brand that specialized in the procurement and processing of açaí berries from mainland Brazil.
The brand announced the first National Açaí Bowl Day to be celebrated on April 6, 2013. The day’s objective is to spread the health benefits of including an açaí bowl in our diet. Since then, the day has been observed across 30 states of America. Leading açaí brands slash the prices, and fans share the love on Instagram.
National Acai Bowl Day timeline
The Gracie family begins blending the berries to cover the earthy texture and concentrate the flavor of açaí.
After their brief trip to Brazil, Ryan Black, Edmund Nichols, and Jeremy Black start Sambazon, an açaí bowl brand.
Dr. Oz talks about açaí berries on the Oprah Winfrey Show, popularizing the consumption of berries for weight loss.
Amazon superfoods brand Sambazon officially names April 6 as National Açaí Bowl Day.
National Acai Bowl Day FAQs
How is Açaí pronounced?
The Açaí berry, also known as palm berry, gets its name from the Portuguese word ‘assaí’. Its consonants are stretched, and it is pronounced as ah-sigh-ee.
Can we eat açaí bowls every day?
It is not advisable to eat açaí bowls every day. The glorious add-ons in an açaí bowl are a double-edged sword, as the build-up of blueberries, sliced bananas, and granola can concentrate more than 65 grams of sugar in a single serving.
Are açaí bowls good for digestion?
The pulp of açaí berries is fibrous and contains antioxidants that can break down the hazardous accumulation of toxins from the body and flush them out. Additionally, they also keep the gut health in check and suppress bloating, which quickens bowel movement frequency.
National Acai Bowl Day Activities
Make a smoothie bowl for yourself
Enticed with the wholesome taste and blown away by its benefits? Then a bowl for yourself. Get that frozen açaí pulp from the store and top it with any garnish you like — banana, finely sliced apples, oatmeal, pomegranate seeds, chia seeds, and so on.
Snap and share on social media
Açaí bowls owe their global popularity to the bloggers and influencers who started posting this tropical delight on their social media in early 2010. On National Açaí Bowl Day, go back to the basics and share this utterly Instagrammable breakfast with your followers.
Take up exciting offers
‘Buy One, Get One!’ Açaí bowl enterprises celebrate the day with loaded and lucrative offers that are yours for the taking. If you’ve never had an açaí bowl before, April 6 is a great day to enter this purple universe — and save a penny or two in the process.
5 Important Facts About Açaí Berries
A nutritional powerhouse
Açaí berries contain unsaturated fats, amino acids, antioxidants, and all other major nutrients.
It’s a billion-dollar business
The açaí berry business is projected to exceed $2 billion by the end of 2025.
The wet treatment
Açaí berries must be soaked in water before they can be processed and pulped.
The anti-aging effect
Açaí berries promote cell growth and collagen production in the body.
As precious as diamonds
Every single açaí berry is picked by hand from trees that grow up to 60 feet, and they only have a shelf life of 24 hours.
Why We Love National Acai Bowl Day
It promotes healthy living
Escape the dairy-laden frappes and sugary pancakes for a bowl of natural fruits and nuts. Açaí bowls promote the inclusion of fruits in our diet. And the inclusion of granola and seeds is the perfect way to get unsaturated fats into your body.
It encourages sustainable farming
Sambazon, the brand behind National Açaí Bowl Day, procures açaí berries from Brazil and encourages fair trade practices on the land. The brand has also pledged to make direct contributions to the upliftment of land farmers of the country.
It celebrates the antioxidant hero
Açaí berries top the list with the most amount of antioxidants present in any fruit, edging out cranberries and blueberries. With the high antioxidant concentration, the daily inclusion of açaí berries in our diets helps the body fight the free radicals with renewed rigor.
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