The Açai is a berry originated from the Açai palm tree, native from Central and South America, not many people are familiar with Açai (pronounced “Asai”), but it can be found in all major supermarkets in America, UK and Europe in the form o frozen dried pulp.
Açai is the newest trend in fitness and workout nutrition, it has been consumed for years in Brazil by professional atheletes and fitness enthusiast and now is becoming more and more popular around the globe.
According to researches conducted in Brazil the Açai fruit is rich in numerous proteins, vegetable fat (good fat), vitamins B1, C and E and minerals like iron, calcium and potassium.
It is also rich in fibres which help the digestive functions; it’s considered to be a great anti-aging product, good for blood circulation and if consumed daily it doesn’t let your body accumulate fat.
Although Açai’s countless benefits to the health, Açai is very rich in calories (247 cal in 100g), if mixed with other ingredients it raises its caloric values but enhance other ingredients benefits.
How to Prepare Açai
You can make shakes with Açai, as it got a bitter taste better to mix it with other fruit like bananas, apples, strawberries and papayas you can mix it with either milk or water. I recommend with skimmed milk to reduce the calories intake.
My favourite Açai in a bowl (“Açai na tijela” as they say in Brazil), get a couple of frozen dried pulps throw them in the mixer one banana and a soup spoon of guarana syrup and blend it till you get and ice cream kinda texture, put it in bowl, throw some nuts on the top and there you have it a nice cold bowl of Açai.
Eating the raw fruit can result in a difficult and messy task, thanks Açai’s berries size and colour, a dark purple that will stain your hands and mouth not to mention your clothes.
In the following posts I’ll be posting some delicious recepies for Açai’s shakes, all the way from Brazil where the fruit is consumed daily by thousands of people, from high performance atheletes to the average fitness enthusiasts.