Blueberry Acai Smoothie Recipe
Shake up your same-old healthy smoothie routine and try something new—like this blueberry acai smoothie recipe! The vibrant, tangy goodness of blueberries and acai, blended into a deliciously easy smoothie with banana and yogurt. Made with only 6 simple ingredients! Learn how to make an acai smoothie with frozen acai puree that’s gorgeously purple, vegan-friendly & loaded with antioxidants.
Check out my All About Acai post to learn more about acai’s superfood benefits, where you can find it, and loads of other easy acai recipes!
This frozen acai packet smoothie recipe uses a few classic ingredients as the base: frozen banana for natural sweetness and thickness, Greek yogurt for creaminess, and the milk of your choice to get your desired consistency. But, rather than common additions like strawberries or mango, I’m adding a colorful, flavorful, superfood twist to this smoothie with frozen acai puree and frozen blueberries!
The duo creates a unique sweet-and-tangy flavor that makes this acai breakfast smoothie so fun and refreshing. Plus, both blueberries and acai berries are ranked among the MOST antioxidant-rich foods on the planet! Made with frozen fruits and only a handful of ingredients, this healthy acai smoothie is one of my favorite easy recipes to make busy mornings more convenient.
What’s a Superfood Smoothie?
This blueberry acai smoothie is definitely a superfood breakfast that can start your day off right! But what is a superfood, anyway? Basically, a superfood is a food that’s highly nutrient-dense, typically with uniquely powerful nutrients and benefits that are hard to find in other foods.
Blueberries are on all kinds of ‘top superfoods’ lists on the Internet, but they’re not the only superfood out there. There are LOADS of sneaky superfoods that just don’t get as much publicity. Personally, I’m a big advocate for eating as many wholesome veggies and fruits as possible because those are the true superfoods! Blending up a simple smoothie with acai puree and blueberries is a great way to pack more nutrients into your day.
Blueberry Acai Smoothie Benefits
This acai banana smoothie recipe is chock-full of superfood ingredients and nutrients. Naturally sweet fruits like banana are a must when using acai in smoothies, because acai isn’t sweet on its own. Combine the banana with blueberries, and this healthy breakfast smoothie is full of dietary fiber to help satisfy hunger, and energizing carbohydrates to fuel your morning.
Plus, if you make this as an acai Greek yogurt smoothie, you’ll sip up 10g of protein in just one serving—no protein powder needed! Protein content aside, you can customize your fruit and yogurt smoothie with any dairy or non-dairy yogurt you like, as a source of luscious creaminess.
But, what makes any food truly ‘super’ goes beyond macronutrients and fiber. Superfoods contain unique and powerful nutrients—including essential vitamins and minerals, as well as other micronutrients that we don’t see listed on a nutrition label. In this acai berry smoothie recipe, its main superfood power comes from its incredible antioxidant content.
What Are Antioxidants?
The compounds that protect plants and keep them healthy in the wild also function as powerful nutrients in our bodies when we eat those plant-based foods. In most berries, there are compounds that protect them from things like weather damage and UV rays, and those compounds often act as antioxidants inside our bodies as well.
There’s no ‘daily recommended value’ for antioxidants, but these incredible compounds have the power to seek out damaging free radicals in the body and neutralize them. Since free radicals are the culprits behind health consequences like aging and even the development of cancer, antioxidant-rich foods are crucial to a healthy diet. Plus, many antioxidants also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Antioxidizing Acai Smoothie
Luckily, these blueberry acai smoothie ingredients are oozing with free-radical-fighting antioxidants. There’s actually a scientific measure of antioxidant activity in foods (the ORAC scale), and both acai berries and blueberries have been ranked as one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits of all. And, between the blueberries, acai, and banana, this nutritious smoothie is also a great source of immune-boosting vitamin C, which can also function as an antioxidant in the body.
Like so many plant-based foods, acai’s ‘superfood’ power comes from a combination of nutrients. Although acai is absolutely a special fruit, all fruits and veggies contain unique nutrients that can benefit our health. Try my Purple Pineapple Ginger Smoothie for another smoothie that’s loaded with antioxidants from raspberries, beets, & ginger root!
Where to Find Acai
Currently, you won’t find fresh acai berries at the store like you will blueberries. Since acai is one of the lowest-sugar fruits, it actually spoils too quickly to transport from the Amazonian rainforest to our grocery stores. But, it’s now much easier to find acai for smoothies in other forms, like freeze-dried acai powder or frozen acai puree packets! Although the powder is versatile and convenient, I prefer to make my smoothies with frozen acai puree.
The frozen packets are perfect for acai smoothies and acai shakes, and they’re easy to store in the freezer. And, I think a frozen acai puree smoothie just tastes the best! Combined with frozen blueberries and frozen banana, this breakfast smoothie turns out deliciously creamy and thick. For a fun twist, you could easily serve this as an acai smoothie bowl with your favorite toppings, like my mango peach breakfast smoothie bowl!
Blueberry Acai Smoothie
- 1 packet frozen acai purée
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 banana, frozen
- ½ cup Greek yogurt, or nondairy yogurt of choice
- 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!