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Açaí Smoothie Recipe

While I don’t claim to be an early riser, I am a big believer of starting the day right with a nutritious breakfast and always on the lookout for new recipes to supercharge my day. Unless you’ve been avoiding clean-eating/raw/superfood movement, you might have noticed açaí smoothie bowls have certainly been flooding Pinterest and Instagram feeds. With the superberry açaí, big things do come in small packages. All the way from Brazil, these berries pack a punch – high in antioxidants, omegas 3, 6, and 9, rich in fibre and low in sugar. And top it off, they taste like wild berries and dark chocolate. Yes, it’s almost too good to be true.

For pamper and feel-good mornings, I recommend starting the day off with an açaí smoothie bowl, which is essentially a bowl of thick frozen pureed açaí combined with the liquid of your choice, and topped with basically anything you want. I get my Sambazon frozen açaí purée from Project Açaí, a lovely açaí cafe in Holland Village – I highly recommend you drop by during the day to get your mid day açaí-fix and to cool off from the heat in Singapore. Do note, the Sambazon frozen açaí purée packs do contain a little evaporated cane juice as a sweetener and organic guarana extract to energise. If you are thinking of making one of these for breakfast in a hot and humid climate like Singapore, a word of caution – act fast. Or you’ll end up with a bowl of purple soup like I did the first go… Not so nice.

However I’ll admit as daily breakfast option these frozen packs can be rather pricey. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, and more of a grab-and-go sort of person, I recommend blending a little açaí powder into a breakfast smoothie. My Açaí Cacao Peanut Butter Smoothie, not only gluten-free and dairy-free but delicious and refreshing, it’s almost like dessert for breakfast! For non-dairy milk options, I prefer to use almond, rice, or oat milk over soy, as soy milk contains isoflavones which potentially may cause hormonal imbalance. I also mix in a tablespoon of cacao powder for my chocolate fix, instead of buying store bought chocolate soy milk, which is high in sugar. Who needs sugar when you can use bananas as a natural and healthier sweetener? Cacao is also great for balancing magnesium levels ladies, that’s we crave dark chocolate during PMT. Peanut-buttery, chocolatey goodness, what’s there not to love?

Cacao Peanut Butter Banana Acai Smoothie

Açaí Smoothie Bowl

You will need…
2 Sambazon Açaí Smoothie Pack (200g) (Or any frozen açaí puréed)
1 Cup of coconut water (no sugar added) or non-dairy milk (3/4 cup if you live in a hot climate)
1 tbsp of bee pollen
1 tbsp of chia seeds
Fruit and toppings of your choice
Optional: 1 Frozen Banana, muesli, sliced almonds, desiccated coconut

1. Quick tip: If you live in a hot climate like Singapore, I suggest you work very quickly! Lest you end up with a bowl of purple soup with swimming fruits.
2. Cut and prepare your fruits of choice. I like to add bananas, kiwis, and blueberries!
3. Place the frozen Açaí purée, coconut water and optional frozen banana into a blender, and blend.
4. Spoon out the contents into a bowl, top with fruits, the bee pollen, chia seeds, and any other optional toppings.

Açaí Cacao Peanut Butter Smoothie

You will need…
3g of Sambazon Açaí powder (or one heaped teaspoon of açaí powder)
1 cup of non-dairy milk
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp of natural peanut butter/raw almond butter
1 tbsp of cacao powder
1 tsp of maca powder
1 tbsp of chia seeds

1. Place all of the ingredients, except the chia seeds into a blender, and blend. Easy peasy.
2. Pour into a cup or container of your choice, stir in the chia seeds and allow the mixture to stand for 10 minutes in the fridge.
3. Enjoy! I’ve added some ice cubes as I love my smoothies cold!



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