I bleed açaí...

Açaí has been a staple in my diet for a while. I first starting eating açaí daily last year when I cut weight to the Light Feather weight division. Every day for months I ate açaí for lunch. I have to admit after 4 months of this diet, I was pretty sick of it. But it wasn't long before I was craving açaí again.

My favorite way to eat açaí is a Rio Bowl. It consists of açaí, granola, banana pieces and Hemp or Flack seeds. Just scoop the açaí like ice cream/sorbet, chop a banana (sometimes I substitute with berries) and put on top of acai, then sprinkle granola and hemp or flax seed on top. Açaí smoothies are great too. I've never had the berry fresh. Perhaps I'll have an opportunity to in Rio.

"The açaí berry (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) from the Brazilian rain forest has been trumpeted as the next important food, a true super fruit. It may in fact be one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet: Açaí’s antioxidants are significantly higher than green tea, chocolate or blueberries and 10 times higher than red grapes. It has 10 to 30 times more anthocyanins (flavonoids that bind free radicals) than red wine. Açaí also has a synergy of omega 6 and 9 essential fatty acids (healthy fats), fiber, amino acids and vitamins A and C. however açaí is not one of the most palatable fruits. The plain berries are very tart; like eating plain cranberries, very few people enjoy them straight. Brazilians drink açaí in sweetened juices, which are now in U.S. supermarkets in a variety of blends with more familiar fruits (banana, raspberry, etc.). Açaí sorbet and frozen juice for smoothies is also available at most health food stores."


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