Acai berry smoothie is the perfect drink on a hot day, after a good workout or just when you want to feel refreshed! Besides, who doesn't love a good fruit smoothie?
However, what makes a smoothie great? Read on to learn how to make the perfect drink using one of the most underrated fruits to grace the market. Of course, we are talking about the acai berry.
What are acai berries?
The acai berry (pronounced ah-sah-hee) originates from the acai palm, a tree native to South America. Many describe its taste as earthy with pomegranate and raspberry hints. Meanwhile, others describe it as blackberry and dark chocolate combined. So you can see why this purple fruit's taste profile makes acai berry smoothie one of the most popular refreshers out there!
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu's founders ate acai bowls (bowls featuring the berries and miscellaneous fruit and grains) regularly for their nutritional value, making them popular in Brazil. These purple berries are now available worldwide, so now anyone can enjoy the taste.
How to find good acai
Unless you're near the banks of the Amazon, you're not going to be able to find the fresh fruit on your own. Instead, you're going to have to rely on outside suppliers to provide you with good quality frozen or freeze-dried ones for your acai berry smoothie.
A good supplier is the key to finding high-quality berries. Unfortunately, sometimes suppliers can cut corners to reduce costs at the expense of the quality of the berries, so it's always a good idea to look at from who you're getting your berries.
Of course, you can easily find high-quality berries if you know where to look. Once you have your hands on some good quality fruit, you can use it in all kinds of tasty foods and beverages, such as:
- Acai bowls
- Acai Berry Smoothies
- Ice Cream/Frozen Yoghurt
- Fruit Juice
What makes acai popular?
Acai is more than just a passing fruity trend. There are several reasons for its popularity, such as the many ways you can enjoy it. After processing, the fruit can be bought as powder sachets, frozen puree, and soft-serve sorbet. You can enjoy the taste and benefits of this superfood berry no matter what form you choose.
This also gives you a huge amount of portion control and moderation regarding what you eat. All you have to do is select the form that suits your diet the most. Then, whatever you want to add to your acai berry smoothie is up to you, as the fruit complements various tastes.
Acai never overpowers other foods with its earthy taste, resulting in delicious food combinations with added depth. In fact, the berry was originally paired with fish and vegetables before people started using it with fruits and grains. These purple berries will work with any combination of foods you can imagine.
Finally, it helps that the dark purple berries are very aesthetically pleasing. They always add a compelling colour that makes any food and beverage that are much more inviting. So why do you think influencers cover their Instagram pictures of acai bowls?
How to make an acai berry smoothie
There are many different ways to make this healthy beverage. However, here's a general guideline of how to prepare one.
- Get a blender
- Take some acai
- Add some fruit you like, e.g.
- Dried fruit such as dates
- Add extras such as:
- Chopped nuts
- Coconut flakes
- Protein Powders
- Seeds (e.g. chia, flax, etc.)
- Add your favourite liquid, e.g.
- Coconut Water (our recommendation)
- Apple Juice
- Almond Milk
- Mango Nectar
- Blend and enjoy
Acai Berry Smoothie Recipe | 10 minute Home Recipe
- 2 sachets frozen acai
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 pc banana
- 1½ cup coconut water
- Break the fruit sachets into a few pieces to help with blending.
- Place the ingredients into a blender.
- Blend the ingredients until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy your acai berry smoothie.
Calories have been calculated using an online calculator. Nutritional information offered on Honest Food Talks is for general information purposes and are only rough estimations.
As mentioned, there are many ways you can prepare this drink. One unique recipe we found is the recipe by Raw Chef Yin. She used kombucha as the base liquid and acai powder to make her beverage.
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to drink it immediately once it is blended?
While these blended fruit drinks are best enjoyed immediately, they will keep in the refrigerator for a few hours to be enjoyed later.
What if I want a thicker consistency for my beverage?
If you want a thicker consistency for your smoothie, add a cup of Greek-style yoghurt before you blend or simply add less liquid.
What if I want to add some texture to my acai berry smoothie?
If you want to add some more texture to your drink, add some crushed nuts over the top after you blend.
What is a quick and easy way to change the taste of my smoothie?
A great way to change the taste is to add mixed berries instead of just blueberries
Do I need to add ice to my smoothie?
Some people choose to add crushed ice to their acai berry smoothie. However, this is usually unnecessary. The frozen berries make the drink cold, so all that crushed ice adds is texture. However, ice can also dilute the overall taste, so use it at your discretion.
How can I make my smoothie for somebody that is lactose intolerant?
The only ingredient you'd need to change to make this recipe work for somebody that is lactose intolerant is the milk. Substitute it for milk alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk or coconut milk to have a dairy-free smoothie that anyone can enjoy.
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Are you looking for other healthy fruit drink recipes? Then, check out these seven quick juice recipes to try at home!