It’s likely by now that you’ve heard of the Acai berry being touted as one of the healthiest berries you’ll ever find. Whether you’ve read about its benefits in magazines, seen it advertised on websites, or scrolled past beautiful images of it blended into colourful smoothies on Instagram. Acai (pronounced ah-cah-ee) is all the rage in the nutritional world at the moment, and for many good reasons.
This indigenous berry is harvested by hand from Brazilian palm and is a dietary staple in Brazil and has been used as a form of medicine by Amazonian tribes for centuries. Known for its extremely high anthocyanins properties (a form of plant antioxidant) that gives the berry it’s reddish-purple colour. In fact, the Acai berry is one of the planets highest source of antioxidants. One berry holds ten times the number of antioxidants as grapes and two times the number of blueberries. It also contains flavonoids, vitamins A, B1, C and E, as well as calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iron, and its many benefits include improving heart health, skin health, cellular health, immune boosting and anti-ageing.
My favourite way to use Acai is to blend a powder form of the berry into a beautiful smoothie bowl, and topping it with fresh fruit slices, coconut flakes and crunchy granola clusters for a nutritional punch to start the day. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup of yoghurt/soy alternative
- 80g frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tsp acai powder
- 1 handful of spinach
In a high powder blender, combine all your ingredients until smooth.
Top with fresh banana slices, berries, coconut flakes, granola, nut butter or chopped nuts. The choice is up to you!
By Kathryn Stewart
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