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Acai berries: The new superfood

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What makes this the king of berries, many of whom like the blackberry, are also considered superfoods?  Acai berries are said to confer a variety of benefits, boosting energy levels, combating premature aging, weight loss, improving the digestive system and even fighting cancer. 

The acai berry has an extremely high concentration of antioxidants, containing 10 times more than red grapes.  It also has 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins found in red wine.  These nutrients work together to promote better skin health, fight inflammation and bacterial infections.

Acai Fruit
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The Acai fruit is a superfood that is gaining in popularity for its many health-boosting properties.

Acai berries also contain a high proportion of healthy monounsaturated fats, dietary fibre and phytosterols, which promote cardiovascular and digestive health.  It is said to taste like a combination of raspberries and dark chocolate, and is traditionally eaten with tapioca as a sweet in Brazil.  Due to the berry’s short lifespan however, you are more likely to encounter the acai berry in juice or pulp form outside of South America. But it can also be used in popular drinks and desserts.

Gelato

Acai Gelato
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Acai can be used in many different ways, including as a healthy ice cream paired with other fruits.

A healthy frozen treat that’s great for anytime of the day.  All you need are four frozen bananas, some acai berries and your trusty PowerMix Silent blender. Chop the bananas and put a cupful into the blender, along with a quarter cup of acai pulp or powder. Add one tablespoon of maple syrup and one teapoon of vanilla extract.

Blend the combination and slowly add in the rest of the banana chunks. The Electrolux PowerMix Silent blender offers great flexibility and control over blending speed, so you can decide how smooth you like your gelato or if you prefer to have some larger banana pieces left in for texture. Consume immediately or store in the freezer and enjoy at a later time.

Smoothies

Even dark chocolate needs sugar to enhance its taste.  A smoothie is quite possibly the best way to enjoy the taste of the acai berry by combining the rich flavour of the fruit with lighter, sweeter ingredients.

Mix the acai berries or berry juice with yogurt, a banana and a cup of soy milk in the Powermix Silent.  This nifty blender can generate a cyclonic force within its specially designed triangular jug, ensuring the perfect smooth and silky result.  The smoothie can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours, so you can enjoy the benefits of an acai berry smoothie any time.

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