Monday, June 15, 2015

Acai Bowl

Having some Monday BLUEs?
Why not add some BLUEberries in your bowl or smoothie instead?

This time I'm making an Acai Bowl for a change.
But if you are on the go,
you can just drink it up like a smoothie. :)

I have heard of Acai for a while now but just never tried it.
I thought it is pronounced as Ah-Kai! lol
Apparently it is pronounced AH-sigh-EE. hahaha

Acai is a palm tree that is widely distributed in the northern area of South America.
Its berries are used to make medicine.

People use acai for osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction (ED), weight loss and obesity, “detoxification,” and for improving general health.

Acai gained popularity in North America after being promoted by Dr. Nicholas Perricone
as a "Superfood for Age-Defying Beauty" on the Oprah Winfrey show.

As a food, the acai berry is eaten raw and as a juice.
The juice is also used commercially as a beverage and in ice cream, jelly, and liqueurs.

In manufacturing, acai berry is used as a natural purple food colorant.

How does it work?
Acai contains chemicals that are antioxidants.
Antioxidants are thought to protect body cells from the damaging effects of chemical reactions
with oxygen (oxidation). According to some research, acai has more antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or blueberry.

Unfortunately, there is still insufficient evidence for the treatment of
arthritis, high cholesterol, improving general health and other conditions.

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it’s best to stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Drinking raw acai juice has been linked to outbreaks of a disease
called American trypanosomiasis or Chagas Disease.
The bug that causes it tend to live in homes made from mud, adobe, straw, and palm thatch, according to the CDC.
If you want to learn more about it, click here.

So make sure when buying acai,
that you get it from a reputable source.

I personally do not recommend taking acai supplements either.
They are not entirely safe such as this product (click here)
which apparently contains an undisclosed ingredient (not listed on bottle)
which is a controlled substance.

But for for the antioxidants alone,
it is worth giving a try.
I'm on a healthy journey after all.

Sources: FDA & WebMD

As I always say,
the decision is yours to make.
And if you decided to give it a try,
here is Deliciously Ella's

ACAI BOWL




Ingredients:
1 packet frozen acai
1 banana
2 Medjool Dates, pitted
1 tbsp almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
1/2 cup blueberries (preferably organic, why? Click here.)

Directions:
Place the acai packet in boiling water for about 20 seconds.
Then once it started to melt, remove the packet, cut it open & pour contents into a blender.
(Follow your specific brand's instructions if available.)
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
*Add more liquid (water or almond milk or your choice)
if you want it to be a smoothie instead.
Place in a bowl and top with your fresh available fruits.
You can also bulk it up with granola.
And for that touch of healthy creaminess,
add a dollop of coconut yoghurt!

Have a good week everyone!

Love,
Princess


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