If you are looking to add some purple to your nutrition rainbow, Acai puree from Amafruits is a delicious way to do it. Growing up, my mom was always watching her weight. She tried an assortment of programs that had her counting calories, measuring things, and eating premade meals. I have never been a fan of fad diets and I think the best nutrition advice I have ever received was the very basic idea that you should eat a rainbow of colors every day. Nothing fancy…no math, measuring or fancy foods needed. All you need to do is make sure you find something of every color to eat on a daily basis. You may think this is difficult but there are a lot of ways to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet without eating a giant pile of….well, plain fruits and veggies!
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Want more fruits and veggies in your nutrition rainbow? Make carrots into muffins for orange, serve zucchini fritters for dinner for green and add ingredients like Amafruits acai puree to a breakfast smoothie for a big dose of purple! Haven’t heard of Amafruits? Here is a little bit about this company from their website:
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So, what exactly is an acai berry? It is a very nutritious palm berry that grows on a tall, thin palm in the Amazon flood plains. These trees can reach heights of up to 80 feet tall! The acai berries grow in clusters on the palm tree and each one resembles a large blueberry, however the açaí berry is approximately 95% seed with only a thin oily skin. This dark purple skin has tremendous health properties and has been used by Amazon natives for centuries. It is impossible to eat the actual acai berry as it is and instead it requires processing into a puree. Once processed, the puree is then flash pasteurized and frozen to seal in nutrients. The acai berry is considered a ‘superfruit’ and is very high in antioxidants and an assortment of vitamins and minerals. It is also a great source of Omega fatty acids.
Amafruits offers two different acai purees: the Açaí Pure & Unsweetened and the Açaí Energy Mix with Guarana. These products are organic and processed from wild fruit that is harvested in an ethical and sustainable manner. The purees are free of all allergens and will stay fresh in your freezer for several years. The farmers that harvest these berries are provided with fair compensation and a part of Amafruits’ proceeds is dedicated to educational and environmental projects in the Amazon.
Amafruits acai smoothie
I received a cooler full of both the Acai Pure and Unsweeted and the Acai Energy Mix with Guarana to try out. Amafruits has a whole section of their website dedicated to acai recipes if you aren’t sure what to do with this. The first thing I did was make some into a healthy breakfast smoothie. I used 2 packs of the Acai Energy Mix with Guarana along with some lowfat vanilla yogurt, organic orange juice and flax seed oil. It made enough smoothie for my myself and both kids to enjoy and it was delicious. Lightly sweet and fruity and I was happy knowing my kids got a healthy breakfast before heading off to school. It was a great start to our day and very easy to make.
This acai puree can be used in a lot of different ways…deserts, salad dressing and even an acai superfruit cocktail!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.