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The Acai Berry and Acai Berry Bowls
Confusion about the acai berry often starts with the way it is spelled and pronounced.
It is pronounced ah – sah – EE. The Acai is a berry that comes from a palm tree. This particular type of palm tree grows in the Amazon area of Brazil. The berries are dark purple in color and have become known for their health benefits. You may have heard doctors recommend that for a healthy diet try to eat as many different colors as you can. While it’s easy to find greens and reds, the Acai’s rich purple flesh offers benefits that not many other foods do. Sometimes they are even called a “superfood”. That just means a food that is amazingly healthful! Acai berries contain antioxidants and amino acids. Perhaps surprisingly, they also contain fatty acids that are essential to our health. Even better than being healthy, these berries are tasty. They have become popular for their almost chocolate-like taste. Australians are starting to really adopt the Acai berry into their foods. Finding foods here made with Acai, like the Acai bowl, is very easy. Simply as a point of interest, Amazon Power is the company that is most often credited with first bringing the Acai berry into Australia. Really prior to 2000 the Acai berry was not really utilized or even present in the rest of the world.
You may have heard of rice bowls or yogurt bowls. If you have, you know that a rice bowl is a dish made with the star ingredient being rice and adding in other things (meats, sauces, vegetables…). And a yogurt bowl is like a parfait with yogurt being the main ingredient and adding other things like fruit, nuts, and granola. Similarly, an acai bowl starts off with the star food being the Acai berry. Traditionally it is pureed for this dish. Yummy things to add to an Acai bowl are fruits like strawberries, peaches, bananas, as well as crunchy add-ins like nuts and granola. Yogurt could be included as could honey, agave, and even protein powders. Actually there is almost no limit to what you could add to create these yummy bowls. Usually the Acai puree is blended with the other fruits in the bowl, then if desired topped with crunchy add-ins or poured over them or yogurt. Sweeteners can be added in to the blender or drizzled over the top of the bowl YUM!
Acai Bowl Benefits
So, why eat an Acai bowl? Well the health benefits you would get from eating Acai berries in a bowl are the same you would get from eating them in any form. We all know fruit is good for us in general. That’s why fruits and vegetables form the base of the food pyramid. But on top of the normal vitamins and other benefits fruits offer, don’t forget that Acai berries have those antioxidants, omega acids, and even healthy fats. What does that do for us? Reduces free radicals (think reduced cancer rates) and helps things like our heart health, mental decline due to age, various eye diseases, arthritis, and high blood pressure. No one can ever promise that any food will keep you cancer free or prevent a heart attack. But, research shows that healthy diets high in antioxidants and omega acids often show reduced rates of these types of diseases. You can read more about those studies on websites like: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/features/antioxidants-omega3s If you want to learn more about the benefits of the Acai berry, you can also check out Dr. Nicholas Perricone’s book The Perricone Promise: Look Younger, Live Longer in Three Easy Steps.
The Amazon is a remote location and far away the rest of us. It would be quite a trip for us and as you can imagine that would be a long journey for a fresh Acai berry. They are very perishable and would most likely be bad before they ever got to us. Don’t worry, though, when Acai is flash frozen it retains all of it’s super-food health properties and it’s delectable taste! The frozen puree is really the only form that will work in the Acai Bowls. Unfortunately, most regular grocery stores don’t carry frozen Acai puree. Some larger stores with specialty health food sections may carry it, so it’s worth checking (many Whole Foods Supermarkets carry it). Health food stores and stores specializing in natural foods are more likely to carry it. If they don’t, there is a good chance they would be willing to order it for you. You can also check for distributors of frozen Acai products here: http://www.amazonpower.com.au/index.php/where-to-buy/
Acai Bowl Recipes
Natives to Brazil love making fresh Acai bowls. A traditional method consists simply of an Acai puree, bananas, and a drizzle of guarana syrup. Guarana syrup is a natural sweetener and can be found through Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Guarana-Syrup-Santa-Maria-bottle/dp/B000YE29H4 . If you are working with frozen Acai, you can thaw it first or add a little juice or water.
I said method and not recipe because it’s not an exact science. Blending any combination in any amount that tastes good to you will work just fine. If you want to see an example of one being made, try out YouTube. This is one example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xq12I0XcJk
You can certainly Google recipes and combinations for your Acai bowl. You will find plenty online. But really, you just have to play around with flavors that you already like. Have fun! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Fruits: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mangos, peaches, pineapples, bananas, blackberries, guava, goji berries, nectarines….
Crunchies: Granola, almonds, pecans, hemp nuts, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, flax seeds, peanuts, walnuts…
Other Toppings: Raisins, dried cranberries, dried chopped fruit, pitted dates, chopped figs, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, pomegranate seeds…
Other Blend-ins: bee pollen, hemp protein, hemp milk, cashew milk, soy milk, almond milk, peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, chocolate syrup, yogurt, protein powders, apple juice,
Sweeteners: honey, agave, guarana syrup, sugar, simple syrup,…
Amazon Power Supporting Australia’s Future Athletes
Ever since surfing was brought to Australia in the 1900’s, surfing has been a popular national craze. Australia has been blessed with many surf beaches, where first-class waves for all levels of surfers are abundant. Nowadays as it’s beginning to pick up more enthusiasm among young folks, beaches are full with people hoping to catch a wave or two. However, surfing is quite a difficult sport to master given its need for skill, strength balance and coordination. Still, some get hooked and turn pro.
In fact, Australia has produced many topnotch pro surfers who have been garnering championship trophies in Australia and all over the world.
This why Amazon Power believes that surfing with its action packed moves and adrenaline rush scenarios is a true embodiment of our brand. Amazon Power has been supporting this sport for many years now. We actively participate in surf events, build camps and sponsor surf athletes. These surfers have attested to the energy Amazon Power ACAI gives them to train and surf at full intensity. They’ve added ACAI to their diets and have been positive about the results. We’re really proud to contribute to the surfing phenomenon in Australia!
Amazon Power also believes in developing talent while young which is why we are glad to sponsor up and coming young athletes. A notable young fellow is Jordan Lawler who has been making waves and winning multiple championships in the under 18 category. . He has won various competitions such as the 1st VQS PRO AM Raglan Beach New Zealand, the 1st Australian VQS Byron Bay NSW and 3rd World VQS Titles California USA. Jordy was even featured in the recent WAVE Magazine because of his wins and rising popularity. He may seem like an ordinary teen, but once you see him surf, you’ll think he is a senior pro.
Jordan or Jordy despite being only 17 years old shows utmost determination and passion for the sport which is what propels him ahead of the pack. Aside from that, he is also mentored by no other than Barton Lynch, a former world surfing champion. Jordy is a growing young star athlete who in a few years will definitely grow and develop his talent.
Jordy truly shows great potential in becoming another Australian world champion. Amazon Power will definitely support Jordy in bringing surfing to a whole new level.
Let’s Ride the Tide at Blast Off Surf Festival!
The tide was high and we were surfing! Blast Off Surf Festival last week was indeed a blast! It was a family-centric, fun-filled school holiday program for kids to enjoy their weekends while school’s still out. Designed and organized by 1988 World Surfing Champion Barton Lynch, Blast Off celebrates its 7th year and continues to provide amazing summer memories of Australia’s rich surfing heritage for families and kids 14 years and under.
Recently held Blast Off Surf Festival, Australia’s number 1 family surf festival was participated by hundreds of families looking forward to surf and have fun together with other families and enjoy the spirit of friendly competition. It has been a wonderful experience with enjoying family time with kids while they learn to surf and compete with other kids.
Amazon Power was a proud sponsor of the worthy cause. Amazon Power was able to share its energy boosting products to the crowd with its staff also enjoying the festival. It allowed adults and kids to experience an enjoyable week-long celebration and meet new friends. Smaller kids enjoyed surfing games with laughter echoing and smiles showing brightening day-to-day activities.
It was also a good venue to introduce surfing to kids who have not had experienced it. Moms and dads relished seeing their kids get to know surfing. From scared faces to giggling laughs, kids showed their parents their priceless emotions. Parents were very proud of their young ones learning how to surf and love it as a friendly game with fellow kids.
Pre-junior kids competed in surfing at least twice and they were ranked according to their overall performance from 1st to 6th place. It helped them a lot to learn their improvement areas to make their styles and skills better. They were given wonderful coaching that encouraged them to try harder and show their best.
Capping off the festival, pre-junior kids who made it to the finals received spectacular prizes and there’s also the Blast Off Idol talent search allowing kids to present their other talents in front of all families in the event.
Blast Off Surf Festival is not only a summer holiday but also a learning experience for kids and families in a fun and enjoyable event. Amazon Power and Blast Off hope to see you again next year!
Amazon Power Takes Part in Ritmo Brazilian Day 2012
A new appreciation for Brazilan culture was created on 16th of September at the Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour. The Brazilian way of life was embraced and relished by natives, enthusiasts and curious folks from different walks of life and cultural origin. The event started at 6PM while dusk sets in, echoing live music from bands and DJs playing Brazilian jives and tunes. Till 2AM, it’s all about Brazilian immersion into lifestyle, food, and entertainment at the core of Sydney’s multicultural people.
Amazon Power joined this event opening our booth to introduce and offer acai to the event-goers. Talking about acai (let alone mentioning it originates from Brazil), the people actually need not to be convinced at all. The belief in acai was inherent!
People present at the Ritmo Brazilian Day let us easily communicate the health power of acai. The affirmation was overwhelming and we, at Amazon Power are overflowing with thankfulness!
The event was also a venue for us to meet other endorsers of Brazilian produce, sharing experiences and shooting the breeze all about Brazil.
There were fun exhibitions of capoeira on stage. Samba dancers wore colorful costumes and showed off their flowing moves inviting everyone to go up on their feet and dance to the Brazilian beat of drums.
Joining the crowd, we grooved and moved to Brazilian rhythm. We savored Brazilian delicacies that really leave you with a wonderful lingering longing for more. We also tasted the famous barbeque and feijoada. Brazilian food does not fall behind in its own offering of delicious pastries, cakes, and sweets.
We capped the event enjoying the applauded Brazilian beer, caipirinha cocktails, and guarana soft drink. We made new friends and gained more acquaintances, expanding our circle of network. Truly we enjoyed ourselves delving into Brazilian atmosphere in Australia’s soil in this one day event.
The Untold Story About Acai
The Untold Story “About Acai”
Source of New Hope — The Crying Fruit
How Acai was discovered…
Acai is a delicious, small and round Brazilian berry that tastes like a mouth watering blend of berries and chocolate. Acai is rare and can only be found high on top of the Acai palm trees in the Amazon rainforest of South America. For centuries, the indigenous people of the Amazon believe that Açaí has amazing healing and nutritional properties and has revered it as an antidote for many ailments. Acai is so important that it is considered as a blessing by the native tribe people in of Brazil.
Legend tells how Acai was discovered and came about as the ultimate food source.
There was a time that a certain tribe suffered from extreme food scarcity and the tribe chief, Itaki, had to take action. All he thought of was to mandate a law to save his remaining people. He decreed that no newborns are allowed to live and so it goes to say that no one in their tribe are allowed to bear a child. This law though harsh was aimed to keep their food supply sufficient to feed the rest of the surviving tribe people.
But as fate dictated, Itaki’s own daughter, Iaca, had borne a child. As tribe chief, he could not go against his own word even if it meant hurting his daughter and killing his grandson. And so, his own grandchild was sentenced to death.
With heart full of grief and sorrow, Iaca isolated herself for days and weeks. Until one day, she heard a crying baby. Longing for her child to come back to life, Iaca followed the sound of crying and reached a palm tree abundant with small round fruits. There, she realized that her grieving and sorrow will never come to pass. After some time, she was found peacefully lifeless near the tree.
Stricken with his daughter’s loss, Itaki named the palm tree in honor of her daughter. Rearranging the letters of Iaca, the crying fruit was named Acai.
Since then Acai has become a sustainable and adequate food source for the simple lives of the native tribes of Brazil. It helped them throughout famine and helped the tribe back on its feet.
Through time, the Amazon indigenous people learned that Acai has other health benefits making it a very potent food source. They discovered that Acai helped build their immune system and fight infections; making them stronger against diseases that can contracted in the rainforest.
They also noticed the difference in their energy when they consume Acai. This great energy they feel each time made them realize the wonders of Acai.
Once a rare fruit only found and available in the Amazon, Amazon Power has harnessed all the wonders of the Acai berry and captured it in easy to consume capsules. The power of the Amazon is now readily available for direct delivery to your doorsteps. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information now!
The Acai Berry Cycle
The Acai Super Fruit from the Heart of the Amazon Now Available in the West
Acai berries are South American fruits that are small, round, and only grow deep within the rainforests of the Amazon. Natives have long climbed the trees to harvest these delicate berries by hand. The fruit grows in clusters at the top of a species of palm tree, and are not unlike purple grapes in outward appearance.
The taste of the berries is a luscious combination of mixed berries and dark chocolate. The Acai berry is only about one inch in size, but has relatively little pulp because the seed of the fruit take up almost all of the interior space. For years the Caboclo peoples who live in the Brazilian Amazon have harvested the berries as food and enjoyed various health benefits as a result.
This one berry amazingly accounts for almost 50% of many natives’ dietary intake. The Acai has gained a reputation as being a miniature super fruit. This stems from the fact that it is capable of providing people with great levels of energy and promoting health and overall strength in those who consume it. Some people also believe that it helps to control weight. Native people consider these super berries to give users strong hearts, clear minds and long lives.
The Acai juice and pulp have been used in juice blends and other drinks throughout Peru and Brazil, but have only recently become available in Western countries. People in Brazil eat the fruit fresh but they also share the mashed fruit after it is mixed with tapioca, sugar, and honey. It can even be mixed with granola and added to ice cream. Numerous reports have been carried out in South America with results confirmed by others. These reports document the superior energy that people enjoy when they eat or drink something containing acai berries.
Acai berries contain a tremendous amount of healthy fats and it is for this reason that they are a very perishable food item. Western countries can enjoy Acai in yogurts, juices, or as energy health drinks. It is also available as a frozen fruit pulp or a freeze-dried powder in areas that are some distance from where the berry is harvested.
The fruit contains anthocyanins and resveratrol and studies have shown it to have several benefits to the human body. One of these benefits is that antioxidant levels in the bloodstream increase significantly within 2 hours of drinking a product containing Acai pulp or juice. This increase of antioxidants in the bloodstream heightens the body’s ability to fight free radicals that attack cells.
There are also ongoing studies that suggest that this fruit is good for the heart and blood circulation. Other studies are showing great promise that active ingredients in the berry may even be useful for fighting certain cancers.
For Australians and others who live and play at a fast pace, this fruit is able to provide energy whilst also providing other health benefits.
Increased energy levels and endurance is what many consumers are finding so wonderful about juice drinks that now contain Acai. People who live athletic life styles like swimmers, runners, and other outdoors lovers will find this energy-producing supplement gives them all the energy they need to enjoy their healthy, active lives.
When Sports Champions Need Energy this is What They Eat
What do Layne Beachley, World Surfing Champion, and Chris friend, the Runner-up ISA Amateur World Surfing Champion have in common? Besides a love of their chosen sport, these are just two of the athletes that attribute at least some of their success to the power and energy that can be had from consuming acai berry.
The acai berry, found in the Amazon rain forest, is just beginning to be known to the wider world. In its homeland however, it has been the darling of many world class athletes. When it comes to helping these athletes do their thing, nothing beats the acai berry, and you will find that it can help you too.
There are many reasons that people who participate in sports love the acai berry. The first thing that you will discover is that it provides the people who consume it with a powerful energy boost.
This berry is one way to put some caffeine in your system without resorting to a sugary soda or frighteningly coloured sports drink! It also helps your body process the food that it gets more effectively. When you are in training, you want to turn your body into an effectively functioning machine, and when it comes to helping you get the most out of your food, the acai berry is the way to go.
More than just athletes can benefit from the use of the acai berry. You’ll also find that anyone who is looking for a natural boost can get a great deal from this Amazonian fruit.
Some major ingredients of the acai berry include vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B1. These can keep you working at a high energy level through the day, and along with the fibre and protein that are a part of the berry as well, you will find that it is much easier for your body to repair the damage that occurs daily.
People who are interested in making sure that their bodies do not age prematurely find that the acai berry is an impressive resource when it comes to helping fight off arthritis and other types of swelling. Thanks to the fact that you will also find that minerals calcium and potassium in the berry, you will be able to help strengthen your bones and keep your skin looking young and resilient. Many people find that not long after they start enjoying this berry they are feeling healthier, fresher and much more ready to take on the world!
No one ever said that life was easy and if you are trying to get by in modern life in Australia, you already know it. There are plenty of stressors out there that were unknown just five or ten years ago, and it feels like you need to deal with them! Take advantage of what so many Australians are learning; the acai berry is a great-tasting way to give your body that extra boost, so don’t miss out on it!
Secret to Good Health and Longevity Found in Rare Exotic Berry
When it comes to looking good and staying healthy, people today have it pretty rough. Not only are we exposed to toxins that were unheard of a generation ago, we also have to deal with stresses that differ from those that have come before us.
This is why it might be a little strange that the solution to such new problems is actually one that has been used for thousands of years! The acai berry is a fruit that is found in the Amazon rain forest, and it has long been revered for its beneficial aspects by the people of the area. Now the world at large is waking up to the benefits that this berry offers, so make sure that you don’t miss out.
The first thing that you should realize is that the acai berry is chock-full of antioxidants. When free radicals are released in your body, they can do all sorts of damage, ranging from premature aging to even promoting certain types of cancer.
The acai berry is a famous provider of antioxidants, with several times the amount of antioxidants found in the much praised blueberry. In addition to this, you will find that it also has excellent levels of fatty acids, that are similar to those found in olive oil and that it also has more than its fair share of amino acids. These factors all combine to help make the acai berry a winner when it comes to promoting health and longevity in humans.
You’ll also find that there are a number of different benefits that the acai berry can have for your digestion as well. In the first place, you will find that it has long been used as an appetite suppressant. How many times have you found a diet sabotaged by hunger pangs? You will also discover that due to its lower glycaemic index that the acai berry is more filling than you might expect, and it doesn’t hurt that it tastes great as well! If you are tired of diet food that has no taste or worse yet tastes terrible, now is the time for you to try the acai berry.
There is also the fact that acai berry is often use to promote digestion. When you combine it with a healthy diet and moderate exercise, you will find that you are able to digest food much more efficiently, and at the end of the day, you will discover that this is something that can go a long way towards getting you the results that you need.
Effective digestion can keep you from putting on the weight that happens when your body is not processing as effectively as it should and instead decides to store everything as fat!
The truth of the matter is that people all over Australia are waking up to the acai berry and they are finding that it is improving their lives immeasurably. Whether you want to try acai berry dried, in smoothies or in a juice mix, see what this amazingly tasty, incredibly nutritious super food can do for you!
If you want to get some of this delicious berry anywhere in Australia, try the new Amazon Power Acai Powder by clicking here.
Rodrigo B. Perez - High-Performance Coach Amazon Power Acai is a great example of a Healthy and Nutritional meal option that I indicate to my athletes as part of my holistic approachRead More