IMWO (If Money Wasn’t an Object). Our family uses IMWO talk all the time. IMWO, we’d live in Hossegor, France. IMWO, we’d follow the WSL for an entire year. IMWO, we’d trad climb. IMWO, we’d never leave our nomadic life. IMWO we’d eat Sambazon Acai Bowls after every surf session.
Honestly, it’s a little ironic considering that as personal trainers and wellness coaches, we typically have to tell our clients to give up sugar first in order to start rebalancing their hormones, but we also eat a lot of sugar ourselves every day and if we are going to reach for sugar, a Sambazon Acai Bowl is our top pick.
Why we love acai so much.
It’s so refreshing. Just like eating a big meal after a long hike, there is nothing we crave more after a long surf session than an acai bowl! Sure, I’d take any acai bowl but there are no better tasting acai bowls than the ones from Sambazon cafes. To be honest, it’s one of the best things about coming back to Cardiff CA. It’s the best combination of salty and sweet!There's nothing better than combining the cleansing effects of ocean water and acai bowls. Click To Tweet
Acai is one of the best superfruits you can eat.
Besides being delicious, it’s really good for you! Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a small blueberry shaped superfruit that comes from the heart of the Amazon in northern Brazil. Acai is rich in antioxidants, calcium, fiber, vitamin A, and healthy fat. Acai is said to have 10 to 30 times more anthocyanin power than red wine and helps defend the body against harmful free radicals. So are we telling you to drink more wine and eat more acai? That depends. Did you earn them???
Why it’s a perfect post-surf session snack.
There is only one negative effect of acai bowls, and it’s the reason why a lot of health nuts are against eating them: SUGAR. Even though acai has a lower glycemic index than most other fruits, acai bowls are still very high in sugar, which can be misleading for a lot of people. Though we do agree that there is a lot of sugar in acai, the reason we still stand for them is for two reasons. First, it’s a whole food that contains tons of nutrients. It’s not a syrup, a GMO ingredient, or a sweet chemical that’s processed. It’s a naturally occurring sugar and when it comes to health and wellness, eating whole foods is the number one rule. Second and most importantly, your body needs sugar after exercise. After exerting muscles, the sugar is absorbed into your cells and stored as extra energy for the next time you exercise. If you try to surf (or exercise intensely) on a low sugar diet, your performance will suffer. However, if you sit around all day staring at a computer screen and your only form of exercise is walking, it may be time to reevaluate your priorities so you can sit back and enjoy those AMAZING ACAI BOWLS without guilt or repercussions.
Our secret for making acai bowls even healthier … FAT
While everyone has their favorite way to top their acai bowl– from bananas, blueberries, and strawberries, to goji berries and nuts, to protein powder, cacao powder, and macca powder. Our recommendation is to add as much fat as possible. By adding toppings like peanut butter and coconut shavings, you will have a better insulin response and not feel the spike in your blood sugar from eating only the acai with fruit. Another option is to pile on the fruit and sugar, but follow it up with a higher protein and fat meal an hour later.
So go out and surf (or exercise intensely), enjoy your acai treat knowing that you are indulging in something that has A LOT of health benefits, and then make time to follow it up with a high protein/fat/greens meal like those found in our free Eat To Play course.
While you are at it, create a lifestyle that prioritizes movement and good food so that you can live A Playful Life 🙂
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