Acai is a small dark purple berry from the Acai Palm tree, which is native to Central and South America. Acai is full of antioxidants, amino acids and omega fatty acids that help to slow the aging process by boosting immune and metabolic function and removing destructive free radicals from our bodies. In fact, Acai has ten times the amount of antioxidants as grapes, and two times the amount of blueberries.
Another benefit of this superfruit is that it hides the taste of spirulina extremely well. Spirulina is another powerhouse food but unlike a lot of other superfoods, its taste can be off-putting and is not easily hidden in most recipes. Spirulina is a detoxifying chlorophyll; a blue-green algae that is rich in protein, antioxidants, B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). And, again, a good partner with Acai.
Bottom line? This smoothie is full of antioxidants, loaded with vitamins and minerals and tastes like a nice little mixed berry treat.
1 acai pouch (unsweetened)
6-8 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp spirulina
1 tsp bee pollen
Stevia to taste
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Serve!
Recipe courtesy of Nicole Brors. Nicole is a certified nutritionist, herbalist and vegan chef who is dedicated to helping people heal themselves using proper nutrition and herbs. She believes that sharing quality time over a healthy meal with friends and family is one of the best things you can do for your body and soul. You may have seen Nicole at a yoga class or doing a health workshop at The House of Yogi, where her teas are also for sale. To get more recipes and health tips, visit her website at http://dancetothebeet.com.