Known as the Brazilian “superfruit”, Acai berries have long been a staple in the pantries of fitness devotees. All those beautiful acai bowls you have been eyeing off on Instagram, you can be whipping them up in your own kitchen with ease.
As small round fruits grown on acai palms in the rainforests of Central and South America, acai are known for being a nutrient dense superfood. Packed full of chromium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, it’s easy to see why this delicious supplement has gained widespread popularity over the years.
When it comes to fighting free radicals in the body, helping aid in cell renewal and slowing down signs of ageing, acai provides a potent dose of antioxidants. In fact, when compared to counterparts such as blueberries and wild berries, the antioxidant score doesn’t even come close.
The antioxidant content of food is measured using ORAC, an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity score. When comparing 100grams of acai and blueberries, acai’s score sits at over 15,000 while blueberries sit at just under 5000. In short, acai is more than three times more powerful in helping fight free radicals in the body than it’s other berry counterparts.
Other than helping fight free radicals, acai has been closely linked to promoting heart health by helping reduce “LDL”, the bad kind of cholesterol in the body. This is because berries contain plant sterols, cholesterol-like compounds that help prevent the absorption of bad cholesterol in the body. In a study published by ‘Clinical Nutrition’ in 2018, acai berries were found to boost HDL, the “good” cholesterol in a group of 21-year-old women while also aiding in boosting metabolism and gut health.
If there were ever a time to start whipping, pouring and decorating those Acai bowls, now would be the time. If you need some added recipe inspiration, let Malissa Fedele deliver the goods.
Acai and Beetroot Latte
If you’re sitting around reminiscing about your last Bali or tropical vacation, then do we have a latte that will cure all your nostalgia! This super delicious and equally healthy latte was made to transport you straight back to your favourite Balinese coffee spot where the lattes were all the colours of the rainbow. The best part is that this recipe developed by resident Happy Way nutritionist Malissa Fedele is super easy to make, tastes delicious and is skin friendly. Enjoy!
Tropical Acai Smoothie Bowl
Now that you have some time to spend in the kitchen why not scroll through all those breakfast smoothie bowl images you have saved on your Instagram account and get to creating a masterpiece of your own. Once you have the acai smoothie base down pact, you can layer it with your favourite fruits, nuts and toppings. This Happy Way tropical acai smoothie bowl offers the perfect base. It’s time to create your own masterpiece and surprise your little ones or plus one with an Instagram worthy breakfast.
Tropical Nice Cream
Now that week one of isolation is done and dusted, it’s time to put away the ice cream tub and whip up a squeaky clean, feel-good, equally delicious alternative. This nice cream alternative is so delicious you may have to fight your kids or housemate for the final scoop and the best part is that you can make it using any frozen fruit you have in the freezer. If you don’t have any tropical fruits on hand you can use bananas and frozen berries as an alternative. Why not make a second batch and surprise your neighbor with some random acts of kindness. Enjoy!
Needing a little more inspiration in the kitchen? Then don’t forget to check out the Happy Way YouTube Recipe Channel where you can gain more tips on how to use your free Maca, Cacao and Acai singles packs.