While you are staying at the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center, you will definitely want to take a 15-minute walk to Victory Blvd at Magnolia Blvd for an Acai Jungle Bowl. Be warned, if you do this at the beginning of your stay, you just might feel the need to walk over there every day because these things are delicious. Oh, and they’re healthy! So, although your taste buds will think you are indulging in something sweet and fattening, and your mind will think you are cheating on your diet, you are actually fueling your body with some healthy ingredients with fabulous benefits.
The first thing you need to know is that this is not a restaurant. The address is 330 N. Victory Blvd, but it’s not a permanent building. Acai Jungle Bowls sets up lemonade stand-style. It’s in front of a martial arts studio, and Martino’s Bakery is across the street.
What is Acai?
Labeled as a “superfood,” the list of benefits received from eating acai berries seems to go on forever. It’s a dark purple berry harvested from Brazil’s Amazon region. They are loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and other compounds with properties that are anti-aging, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory. Plus, it’s rich in omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, which lowers cholesterol and helps prevent heart disease. Best of all, acai berries are delicious. They taste like a mouthwatering combination of berries and chocolate.
What is an Acai Jungle Bowl?
The main component of the Acai Jungle Bowl is frozen organic acai berries. These get topped with healthy toppings of your choice. They are non-GMO and vegan-friendly, and have no soy, corn syrup, or fillers. It’s sweet enough to feel like you are eating a bowl of ice-cream, but without the guilt. The texture of the frozen acai berries is smooth and creamy.
An Acai Jungle Bowl includes acai, banana, granola, and one extra topping. Of course, if you don’t want one of the included toppings, you don’t have to include it.
- Bee Pollen – A very popular topping, bee pollen is 40 percent protein. It has anti-cancer properties and improves endurance and vitality.
- Cocoa Nibs – These need no introduction. Cocoa nibs are rich in dietary fiber and absolutely delicious.
- Coconut Shavings – Rich in fiber, protein, iron, and zinc, they give you energy and strengthen the immune system.
- Almond Slices – These contain a ton of vitamins and potassium, and reduce the risk of heart disease and lower bad cholesterol.
- Chia Seeds – Rich in fiber, calcium, protein and omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds regulate appetite and sleep, increase healthy cholesterol, combat diabetes, and promote stronger bones and teeth.
- Hemp Seeds – These seeds lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, improve immune system function and circulation, and help recover from disease. They contain essential fats, proteins, enzymes, and vitamins.
- Goji Berries – These special berries have an insane amount of protein. They also contain calcium, zinc, iron, carotenoids, and vitamin C. They improve eyesight, fight lower back pain, and boost the immune system.
The stand opens at noon Monday through Saturday. If you get there right at noon and there is no one there, they are probably inside the martial arts place serving bowls to the folks in there. This is also where you will find them if it happens to be one of the few rainy days the area sees.