3 Natives’ Acai Bowl Packs a Punch

3 Natives opened its doors in Boca a couple months ago after much success at their Juno, Tequesta, Jupiter and Gainesville locations. But it wasn’t their juice and smoothies that caught my eye — it was the big, bold, beautiful acai bowls. Not familiar with the acai trend? The acai berry derives from the acai palm of South America and is rich in powerful antioxidants and healthy omegas. At 3 Natives, organic acai sorbet is made from blended acai berries and is sustainably sourced, non-dairy, non-GMO, and vegan friendly. The acai sorbet is then topped with organic granola and organic fresh fruit. There are different combinations of fruit and additional toppings on each bowl. My favorites are the Chronic with banana, strawberry, kiwi, pineapple, organic shaved coconut and McCoy’s honey, and the V.O.T. with raspberries, mango (when in season), kiwi, hemp seeds and organic shaved coconut. Acai bowls are a sweet treat that can be enjoyed any time of day, but I particularly love having one for breakfast after working out.

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There are three things that make 3 Natives acai bowls stand out among others:

1) The texture and density of acai mixture. It’s frozen just enough that it won’t melt during the drive home if you don’t plan to stay and eat at the restaurant — which is very important. No one wants to eat a totally melted acai bowl.

2) The ratio between acai, fruit and granola. Some places give you way too much of the sorbet mixture and not nearly enough of the other yummy stuff. There should be a nice pile of finely chopped fruit and enough granola for added crunch in every bite until the very end. 3 Natives gets this.

3) The variety. There are eight different kinds of bowls at 3 Natives, all of which have something very distinct about them. For example, the Bird has the same toppings as the Chronic but also includes peanut butter. The Warrior has maca powder, the Tequesta Dragon is made with pitaya (dragon fruit) instead of acai berries, and the Calypso uses Greek yogurt and almond butter instead of acai berries.

But acai bowls aren’t the only thing that make 3 Natives one of my absolute favorite new places in Boca. Their salads are amazing. They’re huge — definitely big enough for two to share or to bring home leftovers for the next day’s lunch. Every salad can be made into a wrap (sun dried tomato, spinach or whole wheat wraps available) and are seriously packed with delicious veggies.

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3 Natives also has lots of different yummy toppings for bagels or toast, including, of course, the oh-so-popular avocado toast. Their avocado toast takes the trend to a new level — multigrain toast is topped with avocado, mango, sunflower sprouts, cayenne pepper, cracked black pepper and Himalayan pink salt. There’s really no way to mess up avocado toast, but there is a way to make it even more amazing than it already is — and that’s by adding all of the delicious ingredients that you see here! Read the full post on Take A Bite Out of Boca: http://takeabiteoutofboca.com/2016/09/3-natives-boca-raton-offers-fast-fresh-healthy-fare.html

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