A huge wave has swapped from the Amazon and engulfs the entire world with its purple power. Acai it is, a tiny berry that looks like a crossover between a blueberry and a grape. Acai grows on huge palm trees in the Amazon. The berries contain a cluster seeds and only 15% of them are edible. Acai is loaded with antioxidant properties and therefore pretty damn good for your body´s all over health.
How come? During the trillion metabolic processes in our bodies, we may also form some little gangsters known as free radicals. These are atoms or groups of atoms that have one unpaired electron which makes them unstable. And as radical as they are, they just steal it from the more stable atoms, yet causing a chain reaction – because you can bet the other atom takes it from another one, too. Normally, the body can cope with a good deal of these deviants by itself. However, if becomes to overwhelming, oxidative stress may occur. Cellular damage is the result, and this is the root of a hella lot of degenerative conditions. To cope with this matter, the body needs a good balance between free radicals and antioxidants. The famous antioxidants are molecules in the cells that prevent a full blast of free radical reaction by donating an electron without destabilizing themselves. Hooray! Oxidative stress is triggered by environmental factors as well, hence the importance of healthy lifestyles with as little extra chemical exposure as possible and boosting your system here and there with some good antioxidant sources as found in vegetables and fruits – like Acai, of course!
The ORAC (Oxygen Radical absorbance Activity) of Acai is touching the sky,so its defo your weapon to catch those free radicals in your body. And of course, heaps of minerals, vitamins and good monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid have their share on its numerous health benefits, too.
Well, this is at least the case if you live in the Amazon River and have a palm tree growing right next to you. Since food fortune is so fickle, all the good stuff fades within 24 hours after the Acai is being picked. Bugger! However, immediate freeze drying does save a good deal and makes it possible to import Acai world wide. So check your national supplier! The tiny berry is the SuperFood Hipster these days, something the Brazilians have discovered long time ago and that is part of the local cuisine. Acai Bowls are the bomb – but e they often come along with a loads of sugar when eaten the traditional way. Syrup and/or brown sugar, sweet condensed milk, sugar coated granola, nuts, chocolate sprinkles are turning the Superfood into a sweet seduction, all ready for a Samba session with your blood sugar. Worth a try though!
I personally find that Acai needs some sweetness, too. Blending them with banana does satisfy my sweet tooth, and topped with whatever your fruit bowl or the season has to offer, plus some nuts’n’seeds , cocoa nibs and a splash of coconut oil or flaxseed, you can easily create your own mix for your individual needs. Acai is a super delicious base meal and is a playground for the creative foodie. You can even blend your greens in and whatever else you fancy. Í am keeping it simple at the moment and am all in for a sweet treat.
Acai Bowl (makes one serving)
50 gr freeze-dried Acai pack
1 medium banana
A little bit of water to make the blending easier
Juice of 1/2 lime
A handful crushed nuts – I used Brazil nuts
Fruit cubes of your choice – I had some pawpaw the other day
1 tbsp. sesame seeds
1 tbsp. linseed
1 tbsp. raw cocoa nibs
1 tsp. melted coconut oil or flaxseed oil
Blend acai, banana, water and lime juice until you have a smooth consistency. Pour in a bowl, sprinkle with whatever toppings you like. Enjoy!