Winter brings freezing temperatures that creates the ideal breeding ground for colds and flu. Your immune system could use a helping hand to fight off these infections with regular exercise and eating a healthy diet that’s rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients.
Most berries including blueberries, raspberries and Goji berries are best known for their high Vitamin C and antioxidant content but the Açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berry is dominating this list as a superfood that packs a mean punch. It not only contains Vitamin C to help you fight off winter ailments, but it’s packed with Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and E while added benefits include minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.
That lovely deep purple colour is an indication of its high level of anthocyanins which are powerful antioxidants that help to fight cell-damaging free radicals in the body. This berry is also rich in Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids which promote both heart and brain health.
The berries deteriorate within 24 hours of being harvested, and are freeze dried to preserve the vitamins and nutrients before being ground into an easy-to-absorb powder that’s easy to digest in smoothies, shakes, yoghurt and juices.
“When buying Açaí powder, first check the ingredients to make sure that it’s 100% pure and not bulked up with fillers,” advises Leanne Rohrs, founder of health supplement specialists Be Bright.
Rohrs recommends taking a teaspoon to a tablespoon a day to achieve the best results. Its regular use also promotes healthy hair and nails, increases energy levels and assists in reducing inflammation of the joints. What a simple, convenient way to get everything you and your family need to stay healthy this winter!
Here are Acai smoothie bowl recipes for you to enjoy:
- 1 or 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup of strawberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- Be Bright Acai Powder
- ½ cup of almond or oat milk
Top with almonds, coconut shavings, goji berries and muesli for a go-to breakfast option which will boost your immunity.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup of your favourite milk (oat, almond)
- ½ teaspoon of honey
- Your dose of Be Bright Açaí Powder
Once you have blended, add oats or muesli for crunch and top with almond or macadamia nut butter and blueberries and enjoy!
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