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3 Acai Bowls That Will Power Up Your Morning

Get a jump start on the day by diving into these amazing breakfast bowls, featuring the super food powers of the acai berry. The teeny berry harvested from palm trees is a good source of anti-oxidants, iron, calcium, fiber, and vitamin A and fiber. While there are claims that acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) will cause you to shed pounds and treat everything from arthritis to high cholesterol, formal studies of the health benefits are still in short supply. That doesn't mean, however, that acai berries aren't a healthy way to kick start your day. Try these 3 incredible combos, and get set for a super productive day.

1) Hawaiian Acai Bowl

Sorbet for breakfast? Sure, we'll bite. Add strawberries, coconut flakes and granola, and, after a bowl, you might be tempted to shout: Surf's up!

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Photo by Esmee Williams

2) Berry Smoothie Bowl

Frozen acai berry pulp is a handy ingredient to add a nutritional boost, turning plain yogurt into a bright-tasting platform for fresh fruit and a sprinkle of granola. Feel free to get creative with the fruit toppings, depending on what's in season.

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Photo by Lindsey Otta

3) Acai Papaya Bowl

There's something extra cool about an edible "bowl" and that's what this yumtastic version features. Load up that tropical fruit with the thick, acai berry powered smoothie. So satisfying. Pro tip: Ripen papaya at room temperature, turning the fruit over until it turns from green to a pale gold, and feels slightly soft when gently pushed.

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Photo by Mackenzie Schieck

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About Leslie Kelly

Always hungry to learn, never had my fill of oysters, Memphis dry rub ribs, wild salmon, chocolate chip cookies or a well-rolled lumpia. Washington state wine lover, bourbon fan. Totally obsessed with brunch!