All About the Acai Berry: An Antioxidant Amazon Wonder

It was not hard to fall in love with this small purple blue fruit from the Brazilian rainforest. The Acai Berry (pronounced “ah-sigh-ee) is a true delicious gift with a mild berry flavor with a hint of chocolate.

Why acai berries? They have a low sugar content, packed with vitamins and minerals, and boast high levels of antioxidants (they have twice as many as the blueberry!).

Treat Your Taste Buds to a Frozen Acai Berry Treat!

The easiest way to spoil your body and taste buds is by purchasing the frozen pulp packs and making a smoothie or popsicle. They are available in local stores (even Costco) and health food stores and although pricy, a little goes a long. You may also use the powder from because finding the actual acai berries will be difficult unless you are in Brazil!

The Ultimate Acai Berry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

1 banana
1/2 cup of blueberries and 1/2 cup of strawberries
1 serving size suggested on the acai packet
Add enough liquid of either water, or your milk of choice (coconut, hemp or rice are good choices).
If desired, add a scoop of protein powder.

Blend until creamy and smooth and enjoy!

A side note: An Acai Bowl is also a sweet treat. Drizzled the fruit smoothie over a bowl of yogurt and top with granola.

Want more ideas on how to teach your kids about the human body? Join Dr. Heather Manley and the Human Body Detectives for adventures inside the human body!

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About Dr. Heather Manley
Dr. Heather Manley (from Toronto presently living in Hawaii), who in 2001 received her medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, is a practicing physician whose primary interest is preventative healthcare for families. She is the author of Human Body Detectives, her educational series of story-telling audiobooks and accompanying activity workbooks. She also promotes wellness and naturopathic healthcare on her website drheathernd.com. She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii with her husband and two daughters, and is currently at work on the next Human Body Detectives adventure.

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