Is it safe to say that certain foods experience a period of being in fashion? Au courant, if you will?
Açaí (pronounced ah-sah-EE) is a berry that has been touted as a superfood with antioxidant superpowers to help promote weight loss and combat premature aging. It’s also known as a natural energy booster. Sign me up! I’ve become a bit of a health food librarian here on the blog, but we should always take the claims I share with a grain of salt. I don’t claim to be any sort of a health food expert (although I do consult three websites before I publish anything here). I’m simply interested in choosing foods that are going to benefit our health and well-being. This time, as I was researching açaí, I found information from webmd, which should be more reliable than some of the information we are able to find on the internet. No surprise, they took the “there isn’t enough research” stand on this super berry. According to their website, the jury is still out on the highly promoted claims of the benefit of certain super foods. However, they did affirm that plenty of research supports eating a diet rich in antioxidants such as açaí. They also state that “there is no doubt that berries and other fruits are a key part of any healthy diet promoting weight loss”. They just aren’t ready to claim that it is a miracle food.
OK, fine. Can’t hurt and can only help. I’ll accept that. Plus, it tastes yummy.
We’ve been enjoying variations on this “treat” lately. The kids love it because it’s kind of like having sorbet for breakfast.
There are so many things you can do with this basic recipe…but here’s how you start –
2 (3.5 ounce) packets of frozen Açaí (available in the natural food frozen section of many grocery stores)
1 c. frozen mixed berries (you could substitute any other frozen fruit)
1 small banana, chopped
1/2 – 3/4 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other fruit juice)
Blend it all together.
Here’s where the variations come in. (stick with me here…)
One of my favorite go-to outfits is a pair of jeans and a button down shirt. A classic look that is so versatile. Here are three ways I would wear this look, along with the corresponding variation on our Blended Açaí. Food + Fashion, yay!
Here, I simply added 1/4 cup more almond milk to our base recipe. You could also add plain greek yogurt. A nice way to get additional calcium.
I’d liken this to our current favorite version. Pour your Blended Açaí into a small bowl and top it with crunchy granola (we like Pumpkin Flax by Nature’s Path). My kids love this for breakfast. I’ve also added a dallop of greek yogurt on top. You’ll want to devour this, but beware of brain freeze!
I think this is the perfect, waistline friendly, substitution for an ice cream craving this summer!
This version calls for a full-on Blended Açaí Parfait. Fill a pretty glass with layers of açaí, greek yogurt, and granola. A few fresh berries (and a mint garnish) provide the perfect finishing touch, dressing up our basic recipe in the same way a sparkly skirt elevates the humble button down.
I love versatile clothing just as much as I love versatile recipes. Particularly when they are both stylish and healthy, and allow me to be creative and have fun with them. Pick a combination that suits your mood for the day and give it a try!
all clothing images from my pinterest fashion board.