Directly from Brazil, it refers to anything fruity coming into a bowl and served with cereals or what your taste buds may suggests.
The word Acai is related to a specific fruit, though.
The fruit of this plant is rich in anthocyanins (which is the reason for the reddish colour of the fruit itself) proteins, essential fats, fibres, vitamins and minerals. The anthocyanins have antioxidant powers, therefore the fruits are highly beneficial in boosting the immune system and preventing degenerative diseases.
This particular fruit in fact has an antioxidant action which is 30 times more effective than the red wine and three times more than the blueberry one.
In addition, the essential fats lower the LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins) and this is useful for heart and disease prevention.
The name “açai” (pronounced “assaì“) comes from the Portuguese translation of the word ïwaca’i, which means “fruit that releases water”. The acai fruits were discovered lately to be a balanced food, rich of nutrients and widely eaten in the Amazon Forest, in Brazil.
For the Caboclo population in Brazil, this fruits are the main ingredient of their daily diet.
The energizing properties found in the fruit are the main reason for this choice. Deciding to eat them as fruits or drink as juice, is the way to get good nutrients while reducing hunger pangs, by consuming a tiny amount of calories.
HOW TO. A balanced breakfast
The ingredient is often used as breakfast, mixed with cereals, muesli or honey, in a perfectly balanced acai bowls.
See below more images of what you can do with them and have fun mixing and matching ingredients.
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