Berry Blend

If you can take your eyes off the flaky doughnuts on display at Parlor Doughnuts at 301 N. Green River Road, you’ll notice an enticing menu of healthy, coastal-influenced dishes. The star of these is the acai bowl, a vegan dish that will remind you more of a decadent dessert than a super food-filled meal.

“One of my passions with product development is to offer something for everyone,” says Jennifer Hayden, creator of Parlor’s vegan/gluten-friendly, keto, and breakfast items and wife of founder Darrick Hayden. “We were excited to bring something fresh, healthy, and unexpected to the people in Evansville.”

The $9.95 bowl is layered with a stack of ingredients that form a crunchy balance of sweet and rich natural flavors. Starting with an acai berry mixture covered by a heap of hemp hearts organic granola and almond butter, the bowl is topped off with sliced strawberries and bananas, rehydrated goji berries, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and shredded coconut.

COLD AS ICE: Parlor’s acai — a berry from acai palm trees native to South America — is sourced frozen, keeping the organic smoothielike mix as fresh as possible. Acai is a superfood largely thought to help with arthritis, weight loss, high cholesterol, skin appearance, and general health.

YIN & YANG: Cacao nibs, crumbled bits of dried cacao beans, are the perfect bitter chocolate to offset the berries’ sweetness.

LOVELY LAYERS: The organization of ingredients not only keeps them separated for picture-perfect Instagram posts but allows an even distribution of flavors in every bite.

Bowling for Berries ~

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Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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