Homemade Acai

Acai was one of my favorite things to drink in Brazil. Acai is one of the healthiest foods you can eat – in it’s purest form. It’s loaded with antioxidants. The only problem is that, wherever I found it in Brazil, it was always loaded up with sugar (or guarana, a favorite soft drink in Brazil).  I once ordered it without sugar or guarana and it was…not good. Barely drinkable. That is the last time I did that!

For those who want all of the health benefits of acai, minus the sugar, plus something that actually tastes GOOD – this is the recipe that I use:

-1 packet of pure acai (which you can buy at Whole Foods in the frozen foods section)

-1 banana

-Blueberries, blackberries and chopped strawberries

-Mango

-Papaya

-Water

That’s it! I put it all in a blender and mix it and the result is quite tasty. I’ve found that the mango is a key ingredient, since it naturally sweetens the acai and gives it a bit more flavor.  If you want it frozen, pop it in the freezer for 40 minutes or so and you will get that slushie-like texture.

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