Eating healthy can raise questions such as, "Are crayons a fruit or a vegetable?" and "How many steaks does a growing baby need?" Answer culinary questions with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of açai bowls and smoothies at Acai Alaska on Diamond Boulevard.
Açai Alaska provides health-conscious eatavores with nutritional breakfast and sweet-treat alternatives. Custom organic and vegan-friendly açai bowls ($3.75–$5.50) are made with frozen açai berries, a restorative fruit found in Brazilian palm trees, and then blended with mix-ins ($0.25–$1.50 each) such as banana, kiwi, granola, flax seed, and bee pollen. Try a berry-based smoothie for dessert ($4.75), or order an açai bowl for breakfast ($3.75-$16.75), taking a pass on the sugar-cube pancakes and cookie cereals offered in other restaurants. Browse the all-natural menu before heading into Açai Alaska for an immune-boosting, preservative-less indulgence.
While living in Hawaii, CJ and Julia von Imhof got hooked on açai bowls, colorful portions of fruits munched by surfers for a natural, vitamin-packed energy boost. The base of the bowls, açai, is a restorative fruit found in Brazilian palm trees, rumored to be a superfood for its high antioxidant content and ability to deflect bullets. The von Imhofs craved the superhealthy food when they moved to Alaska, inspiring them to open their own açai café and “healthy-lifestyle shop.”
The little restaurant brought a slice of island life to Alaska; as a food critic at the Anchorage Daily News wrote, “A distinctly Hawaiian influence was evident on my first visit; I was instantly transported to a beachfront surf shack.” The shop’s signature dish, the açai bowl, starts with a base of açai blended with dark berries and topped with a tasty variety of tropical fruits, chia seeds, chopped almonds, goji berries, spirulina, and bee pollen. The vegan-friendly bowls contain no added sugars or preservatives, yet still taste as sweet as dessert, breakfast cereal, or revenge, leading to delighted reviews by food critics from Examiner.