Aldi Shoppers Are Divided On These Organic Açaí Bowls

What's not to love about açaí bowls? Delicious, healthy, and photogenic, these gorgeous smoothies-in-a-bowl make waking up a whole lot easier. This popular breakfast food is often brimming with toppings such as oatmeal, granola, shredded coconut, and even peanut butter, and can satisfy your sweet tooth in the healthiest way possible. They're also easy and fun to make at home. (Tip: here is the secret ingredient you should be adding to your açaí bowl.)

While many are familiar with the vibrant purple dish, what exactly are açaí berries? Hailing from the rainforests of Central and South America and known for their unique earthy taste, these Brazilian super fruits are soaked and ground into a deep purple paste to make them edible for human consumption (via Healthline). With high amounts of nutrition, açaí berries are packed full of antioxidants, even overshadowing other nutrient-rich fruits including blueberries and cranberries. Although more research needs to be done in this field, these superfoods may even play a role in the fight against cancer in the future.

While these smoothie bowls may be available in many trendy smoothie bars and healthy breakfast joints, they tend to be on the pricier side. But, for budget-conscious fans of açaí bowls, you're in luck! You can now purchase these delightful pre-made meals from Simply Nature at Aldi for the low cost of $2.49. 

These breakfast on-the-go bowls have received mixed reviews

The discount grocery chain Aldi is selling two types of pre-made açaí bowls, from the brand Simply Nature, which are perfect for breakfast on-the-go. This healthy brand is known for providing all organic and non-GMO verified products at a reasonable price, so rest assured, you won't be finding any artificial ingredients and preservatives in this meal. And each one has just 160 calories. Choose from either the tropical flavor, with mango and pineapple, or stick with a more classic variety with the berry açaí bowl, with strawberries and blueberries. You can't go wrong with either one — and both are topped with granola for extra crunch.

While it seems like these bowls are what breakfast dreams are made of, there have been some mixed reviews. The Instragram user @adventuresinaldi praised them, stating, "I loved these last time Aldi had them & I'm so excited they are back ... Which ones are you grabbing?" Meanwhile, another user was less than enthusiastic — Instagram account @aldiallthetime claimed, "I didn't care for these last year — the açaí part was good but the topping is bland and they are tiny!" However, this poster also stated that it was an "unpopular opinion." Seems the jury is out, so you might want to give these a try yourself.