Açaí in a Bowl – a Brazilian superfood served traditionally, with bits of honey, oatmeal, granola, and, banana.
Well known in Brazil as “Açaí na Tigela”, literally translated to Acai berries (in ice-cream form) in a bowl. The Açaí in Brazil can be eaten either as a breakfast, a dessert, a pre or post workout “snack”, or even as a whole rich meal substitute.
As it is a Brazilian fruit, the correct pronunciation should be something like ah-sigh-ee, assaih or phonetically correctly speaking [asaˈi] (and here you can even hear a native saying it out loud). In ciryllic, Асаи.
It is a super delicious, highly nutritive, considered by rookies and scientists as a superfood, natural, organic, vegetarian and vegan. It is fully packed with desired nutrient dense nutrients such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, dietary fibers, polyphenols, anthocyanin, multivitaminics (mostly C but also, B1, B2, B3 and E) and other trivial minerals (calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, Phosphorous, and Potassium).
The Acai Berry
The açaí berry is a black-purple-ish fruit, small and round, very similar to other tropical berries (like guaraná) or even blueberry. It is grown on açaí palm trees in areas very close to the amazon forest in Brazil.
Very similar to a grape, in color, shape, size, and structure, the açaí berry also have a big seed inside. The pulp and juice of the fruit is only 20% of the whole weight. The harvest of these fruit is very labour intensive, once workers need to manually climb the tall tree, and manually extract the fruits in order to keep both the fruit and tree intact.
The fruits are extremely nutritive, very rich in protein, antioxidants, high quality fats, fibers, vitamins and minerals. Its fats as polyunsaturated or monounsaturated and they help decrease bad cholesterol levels and are just as good for your heart and cardiovascular system as olive oil and avocados.
For those who are not experts in chemistry, polyunsaturated fats, are fatty acids, as omega-3, omega-9 and omega-6, and YES, you can obtain them by eating acai products and derivatives supplements.
What is acai good for? Which are the main acai benefits?
We will give you 7 reasons (and more) why you should include açaí in your life!
For all the above, Acai shows many proven benefits such as:
- Heart Disease and Bad Cholesterol: for its high content of quality fats, açai consumption will help you decrease the bad cholesterol and improve overall heart performance. The presence of phytosterol and anthocyanins also help!
- Cancer and Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity: both the collection of poli unsaturated fats, and the antioxidant + radical free absorption capacity of the açaí are believed to help against cancerogenous cells.
- Anti-aging: A healthy diet, rich in fruits, fiber, protein and healthy fats can help improve all aspects of your skin from simple acne to aging (vegetables are also highly recommended, but not exactly within the açaí topic).
- Arthritis: The darker the berry or fruit, the better anti-inflammatory effect in our body – all thanks to the anthocyanins.
- Bowel Functioning Improvement and Activity: Fibers are LIFE! They are so necessary to our bowel functioning and microflora, that we can’t emphasise its importance just enough!
- Fitness performance: Between its many other nutrients, Acai berries contain amino acids that help promote muscle performance, energy production, endurance and strength.
- Power boost: A snack, awesomely fresh, nutritive and rich in carbs and other nutrients, it will give you the extra boost you need prior and post workout.
Recipes and Portions:
Fundamentally, any good recipe of açaí needs to be constituted of 4 layers:
1 – Açaí Ice Cream or Pulp – even though is sounds obvious and sort of concise, even the pulp, ice cream or sorbet of açaí can vary a lot, and we strongly suggest you to have a look at its composition!
2 – Crunchy – here many “breakfast” or desserts aid can be used, such as nuts, granola, oatmeal, corn flakes and their derivatives (specially with chocolate)
3 – Syrup, Viscous Liquid – Mostly honey, but also condensed milk or any of your favourite ice cream topping can be used.
4 – Smash-y Fruit-y Layer – both dry or mostly fresh fruits are welcome, they are the key of sugar, flavour and final carbohydrates content.
Caffeine is a choice – Mostly you can choose to boost your açaí with caffeine getting it mixed (or buying it ready) with Guaraná syrup
Traditionalist: Banana + Granola + Honey
In the most traditional Brazilian recipe:
For a carbohydrate rich açaí meal, always add a banana or 2 dry tamaras.
For a lower carbs option, use just 1 3 of banana and red fruits!
Choco madness: Choco breakfast flakes, Choco topping, real Choco flakes or M&M s
Fitness Whey Powered: 1 Scoop of Whey Protein
Blended in – 2 cups of green leafs, such as Kale, Spinach
Since the 1990s, açaí derived products such as pulp, juice blends, smoothies and other forms have been made internationally available, including some dietary supplements extracts and concentrates.
Açaí, deep roots in the Brazilian Folk
Açaí, is a word with its origin in the tupi-guarani language (the original language spoken by most of the original locals before the portuguese arrival).
A story of the Brazilian Folklore claims that there was 1 very numerous Amazon tribe. Once food was scarse, and difficult to produce, the head of the tribe, Itaki, known as “cacique” made the difficult decision to sacrifice the new borns to keep the population growth to zero.
One day, his daughter, called Iaçá, gave birth to a girl, that was also sacrificed. Iaçá got desesperated, and cry over many nights over her lost. She kept for many days alone, in her oca (name given to the typical Brazilian indigenous housing) and asked Tupã to show a pathway for her father to help her father, and increase the food availability, to avoid sacrificing new babies.
One night of moon, Iaçá heard a kid crying. When she reached by the entrance of her oca, she saw her daughter smiling near a big palm tree. When she came closer, she hugged her daughter that mysteriously disappeared.
Iaçá, inconsolable, died crying. The next day, her body was found hugging the trunk of the palm tree. But on her face she still held a smile of happiness. Her eyes were staring toward the top of the palm tree, which was laden with dark berries.
Itaki then ordered them to pick up the fruit, getting a reddish wine that he named Açaí (“Iaçá” inverted), in honor of his daughter. He fed his people and, from this day on, suspended the order to sacrifice children.
Where to Find Açaí
We have the honor to present Açaí to Bulgaria, and become also an official Balkan distributor of it.
Please visit our facebook page: Açaí, Amazing Power – Take advantage of the powers of the Amazon Forest!
Allergenic Warnings: pollen allergies, berries, traces of milk, peanuts and almonds.
When eaten in moderate amounts, though, acai is likely safe.
Make it your own way…