Busy is an understatement when it comes to how some days can be. From the time you wake up to the time you’re asleep, you're on the go. Whether you’re a busy parent, a full-time professional, or simply have days filled with commitments, it can feel challenging to prioritize nourishing meals for yourself.
If you’re living life on the go, there’s nothing more helpful than knowing you can take care of yourself, as you’re taking care of everything else. Making a smoothie for yourself is an effortless and flavorful way to give yourself the boost that you deserve. And there’s no better way to boost your smoothie than with acai, an antioxidant-filled fruit designed to support your overall wellness.
What Is Acai?
Acai is an antioxidant-rich berry bursting with flavor and functional benefits. This beautiful fruit comes from the acai palm tree, native to South and Central America, and has a rich, dark magenta color. Like blueberries, acai is most often blended into acai bowls, incorporated into smoothies, or sold in powdered form.
Acai has become popular across the health and wellness worlds for its innumerable functional properties, including antioxidant and immune support in addition to anti-aging properties and supporting a healthy heart.
What Are the Benefits of Acai?
Acai isn’t just a delicious fruit that truly makes any blended bowl or smoothie look even more beautiful due to its vibrant magenta hue. Acai also has many functional benefits that can contribute to your overall health and wellness in ways you might not yet be aware of.
This small berry isn’t messing with its functional side: rich in antioxidants and filled with nutrients to support a healthy heart and immune system – acai means business. Keep reading for some of the ways in which acai can benefit your health and wellness.
At Kroma, the acai in our smoothies is grown in northern Brazil with a year-round harvest season, and our acai is considered raw for the best benefits.
Acai is known for being rich in antioxidants, molecules that your body relies upon to fight against toxins and free radicals. Like many other fruits filled with antioxidants (like blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries), incorporating acai regularly into your diet can help boost your antioxidant count. In turn, your body’s overall health can be better supported as it fights off toxins and infection.
Though you may not think a berry could help support your immune system, acai is here to prove you wrong. Keeping a healthy immune system is more important than ever, particularly if you are a parent, have a busy schedule, or are interested in improving and maintaining your health. Your immune system is responsible for your body’s ability to fight off infection, so you want to support it from every angle.
Acai offers immunity support in that its antioxidant properties help our bodies' cell production — and protection — as toxins and harmful bacteria are introduced. Boosting our bodies' ability to grow and support cell production is critical to maintaining a healthy microbiome.
Supports a Healthy Heart
A number of studies have suggested that acai can help lower cholesterol levels. While more conclusive research is needed to comprehend the benefits of acai, acai may help improve cholesterol levels by lowering them overall — particularly in adults who may be overweight.
Aging isn’t fun, but fortunately, those antioxidant properties contained within the acai berry can also help support the aging process. As you age, your body needs continuous support, especially in relation to cell production and inflammation. Cell support is vital when it comes to aging, and acai offers antioxidant and immune support, which can, in turn, offer anti-aging properties.
What Are Some Easy Acai Smoothie Recipes?
Acai is one of the easiest fruits to work with since it’s so often distributed in puree or powder form. Since acai doesn’t travel well, it’s most often sold pre-packaged in a frozen puree or in a powder that can be scooped into a smoothie. Here are some easy acai smoothie recipes to incorporate into your daily routine.
Acai and Blueberries
Acai and blueberries go hand-in-hand. Both fruits are packed with antioxidants and bring complementary flavors to smoothies. Whether you’re using almond milk or coconut water base, acai and blueberries blend well to create a thick, creamy smoothie.
Though smoothies are relatively quick to make, some of our days are busier than others. Some days, it can feel impossible to find time to eat a meal, and prepping fruit can add minutes to a busy schedule with no wiggle room.
Kroma’s Blueberry Acai smoothie makes your morning routine or afternoon snack even easier, with a protein-rich alternative to conventional smoothies. If you’re short on time but still want to nourish your body, our smoothie includes goji berries, camu camu, acai, and blueberries.
Acai With Banana and Strawberries
Acai pairs well with banana and strawberries because both of those fruits are naturally very sweet. With acai’s flavor profile being relatively bitter (for a fruit) due to the presence of polyphenols, brightening up acai with fresh bananas and strawberries adds a natural sweetness. Blended with almond milk or coconut water, this smoothie will transport you to a paradise of your choosing — without the sugar crash.
Acai With Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a great addition to any smoothie, particularly because they are high in protein and offer a subtle, nutty flavor. Whether you’re going for a creamy smoothie with acai, blueberry, cinnamon, and chia, or a fresh and tropical twist with acai, banana, and chia, adding chia seeds adds a heart-healthy component to an already nutritious smoothie.
Acai Protein Shake
What’s better than a protein shake that tastes good? With so many protein offerings on the market, it can feel difficult to decipher which one is the best for you. Begin with acai powder or puree, blend with almond or hemp milk (for creaminess), and add your protein powder of choice.
At Kroma, our smoothies use chocho, an Ecuadorian plant-based protein that offers a lectin-free alternative to other plant-based proteins. Whether you decide to add protein in powdered form, or introduce protein through raw nut butter or seeds, be sure to be mindful of the kind of protein you are blending into your smoothie.
The Bottom Line
Acai is a superfood that goes beyond delicious — and here at Kroma Wellness, our Blueberry Acai Plant Protein Smoothie features nourishing chocho plant protein in addition to superfood acai. Whether you’re incorporating it into a protein-filled smoothie, a bowl with fresh toppings, or using a powdered form on the go, your body will be energized and nourished.
If your life is constantly on-the-go, it’s so important that you don’t skip meals, even though it can be hard to find time to prepare for the day ahead during a busy morning. If preparing a smoothie in the morning is difficult, prep ahead with frozen fruits or an on-the-go smoothie mix. Incorporate other fresh fruits for variety, and choose those toppings wisely!
You can’t go wrong with an acai smoothie or bowl, so it’s all about being mindful of what kinds of toppings you’re putting on your acai bowl and your sugar and carbohydrate intake.
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