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Acai goodness

Acai berries (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) are native to the tropical Amazon regions of Brazil and Peru. With one of the highest antioxidant contents of any fruit and a pleasant taste of mixed berries blended with a hint of dark chocolate, I guarantee you will be hooked on the acia goodness!!

Why is it good for you?

Healthy heart – Acai berries contain several types of plant sterols, including B-sitosterol, stigmasterol, and campesterol.  Plant sterols are naturally-occurring substances found in grains, fruits, and vegetables. They compete with and block the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine, reducing the amount of cholesterol that ends up in your bloodstream .

Digestive health – Acai berries contain fibre, essential for a healthy digestion and for keeping you feeling fuller for longer. Individuals who are sensitive to FODMAPS (poorly absorbed short-chain carbohydrates) find that acai berries are a great option since they contain no FODMAPS and provide anti-inflammatory benefits to the digestive tract.

Diabetes – Acai berries have significant quantities of monounsaturated fats, especially oleic acid. These fats are also known to help regulate blood sugar levels and insulin. Great for people with type 2 diabetes.

Immune boosting / skin health – Acai berries are rich in antioxidants helping to destroy free radical damage. Acai berries are thought to have a higher level of antioxidants than strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. Antioxidants are not only great for your insides but they can also have a dramatic effect on your skin health.

How do you eat acai?

Acai tastes great in smoothies, sprinkled on yogurt with granola, in bliss balls.  Here are some of my favourite recipes for you to try!

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Acai bowl
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp B inspired acia powder
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tbsp chai seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp goji berries
1-1/2 cup coconut milk

Place all the ingredients into a high powdered blender and blend until tick and smooth. Pour into a bowl and garnish with what ever you like. Some of my favourite ingredients are:
A hand full of berries
Bee pollen
Turmeric
Granola
Coconut
Bananas

Acai bowl

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Acai / kombucha smoothie
1 cup frozen berries
2 tsp B inspired acai powder
1/2 banana
1-2 medjool dates (suite to taste)
1 tsp chia seeds
1 cup kombucha
1 tsp hemp seeds

Place all the ingredients into a high speed blender, blend until it is smooth. Pour into a cup/jar.
Garnish with bee pollen and cacao nibs.

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Acai cheese cake
Ingredients (base)
1/2 cup macadamas
1/2 cup cashews
1/4 cup activated buckwheat
4 tbsp melted coconut oil
3 fresh pitted medjool dates
1/4 cup shredded coconut

Ingredients (filling)
1 cups cashews (soaked overnight in water)
200ml coconut cream
1/4 cup rice malt syrup
1/4 cup B inspired acai powder
3 tbsp melted coconut oil

Combine base ingredients in a food processor until it starts to stick together, but is still a little crumbly (add more coconut oil if needed). Press base into bottom of a lined cake tin. Place in fridge for an hour to set.

Combine all filling ingredients in a high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy. Pour filling over base. Place in fridge until it is set. Top with fruit, granola, coconut flakes. Store in fridge.



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