Acai berry smoothies? Yes, Please!

Acai berry smoothies? Yes, Please!If you know me, then you know I love red wine and chocolate. So when the acai berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) containing these very same flavor notes hit the scene I couldn’t have been more excited!

This purple berry, home to the Amazon rainforest, was originally found and eaten by jiu-jitsu fighters and surfers in Brazil. The minute it hit the US market, it seemed like it became the immediate buzz among athletes and health fanatics.

What can Acai do for you?

Many claim that the acai berry is a “superfood”, but it isn’t in the USDA nutritional database, so the verdict is still out on all the powers of this little fruit.

What we do know is it’s an antioxidant powerhouse. Its antioxidants are so grand that the levels found in oil form remain high even after a long shelf life, so it’s now being added to beauty products. If slowing down the aging process is a goal of yours, you might want to check the labels of your cosmetics for acai oil.

Not only does the acai berry contain antioxidants (which help clear up free radicals in your body), but it’s also a great source of Omega-3’s. We all know that Omega-3’s are a healthy fat that have stellar benefits and properties, so hopefully you’re being proactive about making sure your daily diet includes them.

The acai berry also contains amino acids, minerals, vitamins, fiber and protein!

Acai berries have been known to give a natural energy boost. And as an added bonus, acai berries are a low sugar fruit, so it works well for those on a low glycemic diet.

Mix it up with an Acai Berry Smoothie!

You can find acai berry purees in the frozen section of most grocery stores. The puree version of the berry (versus the dehydrated or powder form) contains the most nutrients next to the fresh fruit, which isn’t available in most areas.

Since this berry leaves you with a hint of chocolate, I pair it with items you’d normally mix with cocoa powder and enjoy it as dessert. If you’re feeling really saucy, add some cocoa powder to your smoothie. The combo of the cocoa powder (which increases your libido) and the acai (which boosts your energy) is the perfect way to end an evening (wink, wink!)

Acai Banana Berry Smoothie (pictured)

• ¾ cup non-fat milk, soymilk, or almond milk
• 6 oz non-fat vanilla yogurt
• 1 packet frozen acai puree
• 1 banana
• ½ cup blueberries or raspberries

Add all items to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Rainforest Acai Smoothie

• 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
• 1 packet frozen acai puree
• 1 tbsp cocoa powder
• Stevia to taste
• ½ avocado (optional to make thicker and more filling)

Add all items to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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  • http://www.877myjuicer.com Andrew

    MMMM. I LOVE ACAI!!!

  • Healthseeking

    I love ACAI too :)

    I am using the Emergen-C Acai Berry pakets. I get mine form http://www.momemineral.com