Açaí bowl at Waffle and Berry, 2022 | Discover a Refreshing Açaí Bowl in Honolulu
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Discover a Refreshing Açaí Bowl in Honolulu

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Feeling Açaí (ah-sah-e) Refreshed

I recently came across Waffle and Berry, a food establishment on the second floor at McCully Shopping Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. They serve a refreshing açaí bowl. Additionally, they offer waffles and various desserts on their menu. One day after finishing my weekly red light treatment at Red Light Healing Center (on the first floor), I searched for an excellent and energizing snack. It was a sweltering and humid day.

Açaí bowls can be eaten any time of the day. I enjoy them as an afternoon or evening snack, but I prefer to eat them for breakfast or brunch. It’s the perfect dish to begin my day. It’s tart and sweet, all in one.

Açaí Bowl Review

This refreshing açaí bowl hit the spot! One of the best bowls I’ve had yet; their website also claims this. It was $14 for a large bowl. It was very filling. Double scoops of (puréed) açaí berries, topped with my favorite fruits- bananas, strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, and mandarin oranges.

Waffle and Berry offered a variety of self-serve toppings, such as chia seeds, hemp seeds, bee pollen, granola, almonds, honey, and agave. What a selection! I was so excited! I didn’t want to go overboard, so I chose three toppings: honey, granola, and bee pollen.

Waffle and Berry
McCully Shopping Center, second floor
1960 Kapi’olani Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96826

Bee Pollen Health Benefits

I was so eager to try bee pollen; I’d never had it before, nor did I know much about it. I’m a huge fan of honey, ergo seeing bee pollen as a topping to try got me so excited.

Bee pollen is a combination of “flower pollen, nectar, enzymes, honey, wax, and bee secretions” (Raman, 2018). It reminded me of crushed peanuts but yummier (sorry to all you peanut/nut fans).

Bee pollen has a lot of health benefits. One that resonated with me was fighting inflammation (Raman, 2018; Messineo, 2021).

Chronic inflammation harms our cells, which puts our bodies at risk for various diseases, such as arthritis, allergies, and autoimmune diseases (Messineo, 2021; Davis, 2022). Tension, ailments, certain medications/supplements, and environmental free radicals contribute to oxidative pain. Refined carbohydrates, which are foods containing white sugar and white flour, can cause inflammatory symptoms. Furthermore, red meat and trans fats also are inflammatory culprits (Messineo, 2021).

Combating pain is distinctive to me. Therefore, I’m glad bee pollen offers this excellent health benefit to our bodies. For the last four years, I’ve been trying to find ways to reduce the inflammation within my body. I’m on a mission to continue unraveling the mystery behind the chronic pain I’ve endured for several years and learning more about foods that reduce inflammation.

In good health,

FS x


Davis, G. (2022). 17 Health benefits of bee pollen (science-backed). Retrieved: https://healthyy.net/superfoods/health-benefits-of-bee-pollen

Messineo, J. (2021). The 10 best benefits of bee pollen. Retrieved: https://www.alive.com/health/the-10-best-benefits-of-bee-pollen/

Raman, R. (2018). Top 11 benefits of bee pollen. Retrieved: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/bee-pollen

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