Friday, July 1, 2011

Foodie Friday: Acai

I know I've talked about acai bowls and smoothies a few times here, but I cannot stress how super duper healthy these are (I'm talkin three times the antioxidants than blueberries) and tasty to boot! Jon and I are borderline obsessed with acai bowls and get them at least three times per week; they immediately give me energy and have me feeling good all day. I'm always suggesting that people try them and I'll happily introduce anyone who has yet to give them a whirl :)


my most recent acai bowl from LIV juice bar

After doing some research I decided to answer some FAQ that I get about acai:

What are acai berries? Also known as "Nature's Super Food" and only found in the Amazon rainforest, these purple berries are full of omega fats, amino acids, electrolytes, fiber, calcium, protein, vitamins A, B1 and E and contain more antioxidants than cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries!

What are some of the health benefits of acai? Aside from being just a healthy, well-balanced fruit, acai can also help with digestive problems, skin irritation, sexual dysfunction, anti-aging and even insomnia. Acai berry are also naturally low in sugar which makes it safe for diabetics.

Where are acai berries from? Central and South America.

Where can I buy acai berries? As far as I've seen and read, you cannot buy these berries at your local market or grocery stores, but you can buy juice, blends, supplements and frozen packets from Sambazon.

But why can't I find them in the produce section? Because acai berries spoil very quickly after being picked, they are rarely sold outside production areas as whole fruit. More often than not, they are freeze-dried and powdered.


  1. ok, i feel silly saying this but i'm really glad you posted it. i take acai pills because i read they were anti aging but i didn't know why exactly, haha.

  2. In short, the Acai Berry is taking the nation by storm!

    For this reason, Acai Berry is now a primary ingredient in many of the most effective supplements on the market. From juices and pulps to candy, Acai berries are making individuals all across the country look and feel better.

  3. do you just mush them up and add other fruit and stuff?