Saturday, October 26, 2013

Greeni-Colada

This recipe was originally posted in 2010 by my son, Brad. He is a big supporter of the benefits of Açaí, and encouraged me to use it more often in our smoothies. The original post also included a brief history of this healthy berry, which I have included here:

“…Açaí originates from Brazil and grows from palms by the rivers. In berry form, the oils can be used to treat diarrhea and skin ulcers, while the berry itself can be crushed to treat fevers. As for the liquid, it is commonly referred to as the purple juice extracted from the thin outer shell which is soaked soft to allow for the juice to easily strain. Açaí is known as the superior of all other fruits and berries because of its massive amount of B vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and omega-9 fatty acids. The minerals found in açaí include an abundance in potassium, copper, and manganese; açaí is so nutritional that less than a serving can feed your body of the majority of required daily intake of nutrients. Açaí also contains a high concentration of antioxidants. The scientific ORAC scale shows that açaí ranks above the blueberry, blackberry, and cranberry as far as the neutralization of free radicals goes. It has been proven that the divine fruit heals and prevents potential metabolic related diseases and cancers...”

My son credits this amazing berry for helping him to overcome cravings and weight gain during his later teen years. Açaí has a unique flavorful taste. You only need a small spoonful to feel satisfied; a little goes a long way. I hope you enjoy my son’s original smoothie recipe.

Ingredients:
3-4 cups baby spinach
1 scoop of Amazing Grass Green Super Food powder
1 scoop of raw vanilla protein powder
1 T of raw honey (optional)
2-3 drops of peppermint SweetLeaf liquid Stevia
approximately 1 tsp of bee pollen (optional)
1 sliced banana
1-2 sliced frozen peaches
1 cup of frozen pineapple
1 cup of frozen mango
1/2 cup of soaked frozen Goji berries
1/4 cup of Açaí (can be berry, juice, or sorbet)
1/2 cups of fresh young Thai coconut water
add fresh water as needed

Preparation:
Add ingredients to blender. Blend until creamy and smooth. Makes 2-3 tall glass-full servings.