Breakfast with a punch! Açaí Berry Smoothie

My new breakfast routine consists of a short espresso and an Açaí Berry Smoothie. See the recipe below.

One night after a boot camp session recently, I was wandering through the supermarket, picking up fruit and vegetables for my next batch of freshly squeezed juices, when I found myself in the health food aisle. Normally I would walk straight past that aisle as I avidly avoided taking additional supplements and vitamins (firstly because I always forget to take them anyway and secondly when I did, I never noticed any improvements). Nonetheless here I was standing at an entire wall of health products. I had seen and heard the word açaí thrown about and decided to try a packet of Nature’s Way Super Açaí + Berry powder and also further my understanding of this so called ‘superfood’.

Açaí (pronounced a sa i) is a species of palm tree. Native to Trinidad and northern South America is is found mainly in swamps and floodplains. The Açaí palms produce small, round, black-purple berries (similar to a grape).

Açaí berry helps to:

– Boost immunity
– Fight the Ageing Process, and
– hugely increase daily nutrient intake easily

My Açaí Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 large tablespoon of Greek yoghurt (I love the Jalna one)
  • 1 large tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of Nature’s Way Açaí + Berry Powder
  • 1 cup of Liddells Lactose Free Milk

Method

  1. Place all contents into a blender and blend until a nice thick consistency.
  2. Enjoy immediately or pop in the fridge for later. (Consume within 1 – 2 days)

I like to make my smoothie the night before so breakfast is as easy as pulling out my jar from the fridge!

Here is some of the additional information I have found on the product sourced from https://www.victoriahealth.com/editorial/facts-and-myths-about-acai-berry .

Açaí has been recognised as one of the world’s highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) foods. ORAC is a measurement of how well antioxidants can neutralise free radicals. The higher the value, the better the body utilises it to fight free radicals. Açaí has more than double the antioxidants of blueberries and nearly ten times that of grapes.

The antioxidants found in Açaí berry, anthocyanins, are excellent for heart health. Heart disease is increasingly becoming a problem in the world and finding natural ways of keeping your cardiovascular system healthy is an excellent option. Additionally, anthocyanins are also good at preventing the oxidation of cholesterol. When circulating cholesterol, no matter whether you have high or low levels, gets oxidised, it sticks to the walls of arteries causing their narrowing. This build-up of plaque eventually leads to high blood pressure which is of course dangerous.

  1. The fibre found in Açaí berry skin and pulp can aid digestion. Fibre can help prevent or relieve constipation and may help support a healthy cardiovascular system.
  2. Açaí is naturally high in essential fatty acids having a fatty acid profile similar to olive oil. The link between essential fatty acids and heart health and a healthy nervous system is well documented.
  3. Açaí berries contain amino acids which help promote muscle performance, energy production, endurance and strength.
  4. Açaí berries contain as much Vitamin C as blueberries and is also a source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and E. It is also a source of calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.

Facts & Myths By About Açaí Berry by Shabir Daya (originally published at https://www.victoriahealth.com/editorial/facts-and-myths-about-acai-berry)

Always seek professional medical advice when taking supplements and vitamins.

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