Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Açái

Something I had almost everyday while I was in Brazil: Açái! I am completely addicted. Açaí is basically a type of palm tree that grows wild in the Amazonian jungles of Brazil. I took this photo of the Açaí palm during my hike through the Amazon jungle with hubby.
This Palm contains a dark colored berry called the Açái berry known for its powerful health benefits. Even Oprah lists açaí as one of the top 10 superfoods for age-defying beauty. Yummy and good for your health!
During my visit to Paraty, Brazil the Boutique do Açaí was a little cafe hubby and I went to everyday for our dose of Açaí! The "Açaí bowl" is like a slightly bitter and rich berry smoothie with a sweet crunch from the granola, honey, and banana.

I just can't get enough of it!!! The Açaí bowl is perfectly refreshing and so filling that it can serve as the perfect breakfast.
They sell frozen bags of Açaí pulp at the markets since it's really a consuming process to make the juice from scratch by yourself. Auntie bought a bag of this stuff and we made Açaí smoothies for a mid afternoon snack.
Hubby and I have been craving Açaí like crazy since we've been back and the Açaí smoothies they have at Robeks, and Jamba Juice just aren't as good... so we went to the local Brazilian grocery store in LA to buy some frozen Açaí pulp to make our own! Here is the recipe we used.

Açaí Energy Bowl Recipe
Ingredients
2 Packets Frozen Açaí
1 Banana
2 Tbsp plain Yogurt
2 Tbsp of Guarana soda or Apple Juice
2 or 3 Splash of Soy Milk
1 Tbsp Honey
Extra 1/2 a Banana, sliced
3 Tbsp Granola

Directions:
1. Blend the frozen Açaí, banana, guarana/apple juice and yogurt in a blender.
2. To serve, top with slices of bananas and granola with a drizzle of honey on top!

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