The term superfood is commonly used to refer to various powders that you can add to your meals (usually smoothies) for an extra health kick. Some of the most popular ones include maca, spirulina, baobab, hemp and wheatgrass. My personal favourite though has to be acai. It tastes absolutely delicious, as well as providing you with a multitude of health benefits.
Acai used to be referred to as the ‘power berry’ and comes from the Amazon rainforest, where it has long been a staple in the diet of the native people. It is known primarily for its rich assortment of antioxidants, making it a common feature in many beauty and cosmetic products nowadays as well.
Interestingly, it has more than double the amount of antioxidants than blueberries, and around ten times that of grapes. It’s also a source of amino acids, essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins A, C and copper. You can buy it as a powder, a frozen puree or as capsules from most health food stores and online at amazon.
The easiest and most amazing way to incorporate acai into your diet is through this acai bowl recipe. It’s a heavenly cross between a smoothie and ice-cream. It’s thick and creamy and thanks to the mixture of toppings, every mouthful is different. It’s definitely my favourite breakfast at the moment, I’ve been enjoying it every morning and have made it for my family and boyfriend as well, all of whom have loved it!
Ingredients (serves 1):
1 heaped teaspoon of acai powder
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or frozen raspberries, which creates a lovely baby pink colour)
Handful of ice cubes
1/4 cup milk (I like using almond or skimmed milk)
1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt
1. Peel and chop your banana and place in the freezer for a few hours, preferably overnight.
2. Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Depending on the power of your blender this may take a few minutes, but be patient as it will work eventually! Try not to add more than 1/4 cup milk, as we want to maintain the thick texture.
3. Serve into a bowl and garnish with whatever toppings you like! Personally, I never eat this without a generous heap of homemade muesli or granola, as it adds a lovely crunch to the otherwise smooth consistency. I also always add a few fresh berries; blueberries, raspberries or blackberries. I then mix up the other toppings.
Some of my favourites are:
My biggest tip would be to get creative with your toppings! Experimenting and trying new things makes each creation exciting and allows you to vary the nutrients that you’re getting into your diet!
Let me know if you try it out, I would love to hear what you think!
Don’t forget to tag me @chezshanay #chezshanay- I would love to see your creations!