For the new semester, BYU-Hawaii Seasider, an on campus restaurant with a deli, grill, and stir fry, introduced new Acai Bowls to offer a healthy yet satisfying choice according to Seasider Manager, President Galeai.
“I wanted to make different options for our students,” explained Galeai. “Acai Bowls are popular, so we decided to offer different flavors and themes to our Acai bowls because they have health benefits and are refreshing.”
What is Acai?
According to Healthline.com, Acai Bowls have many health benefits because acai is described as a Brazilian “superfruit.” Acai berries are 1-inch round fruits and grow in the rainforests of Central and South America. They have a dark purple skin and yellow flesh.
The article stated studies show acai are loaded with antioxidants that may improve cholesterol levels, and they can even boost brain function. They also deliver healthy fats and fiber, making them a healthy option.
To make Acai Bowls, according to Galeai, the berries are soaked and then mashed into a dark purple paste. The paste then is sweetened with juices and fruit.
A variety of flavors
Galeai continued on and said Seasider worked hard to perfect the recipes to the new Acai Bowls Seasider. There is the original bowl, the Seasider, with acai, apple juice, banana, granola, and honey.
One of the newer options, called the Islander, features local Hawaiian flavors like acai, lilikoi juice, pineapple chunks, banana, coconut, granola, and honey.
Tierra Tuikolovatu, a senior from California majoring in education, said she was pleasantly surprised with the new recipe for the Islander Acai Bowl and she especially enjoyed the flavor of the lilikoi. Tuikolovatu continued on and said it is very convenient to have Acai Bowls on campus.
“I like Banzai Bowls, and these reminded me of them. Now I don’t have to go all the way to Sunset Beach to get them.”
The third, and the most popular bowl is the Ono Berry, noted Galeai. In the Ono Berry, there is acai, apple juice, blueberries, strawberries, banana, granola, and honey.
Sariah Richardson, a freshman from California majoring in supply chain management and communication, works at the Seasider and she said she enjoys making the new Acai Bowls.
Richardson also noted the Acai Bowls are one of the most popular items they sell at the ice cream bar. She thinks they are popular because there are not many healthy food options on campus.
“[Acai Bowls] are dairy free, and without granola, they are gluten-free. Also, acai is filling, and there are many ways to make your Acai bowl more healthy.”
Lisa Agafili, a senior from New Zealand majoring in TESOL, admitted she was nervous to try the new Acai Bowls because when something is advertised as healthy, she said she feels it usually does not have a great taste.
“I was scared to try the Acai Bowls, and I came in with low expectations, but I am glad I did try them. I would totally come back for this.”