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Açai Berries – the purple gold

Have you heard of nature’s “purple gold”? Let me introduce you to the Açai berries. Those amazing superfood berries come from açai palm trees in South America.  In the 18th century they were considered a staple food, today they are superfoods. These small dark purple round berries bring you many health benefits!

With its 10% juice, pulp and skin, açai berries are full of antioxidants. Also, they have plenty of vitamins, minerals, calcium, fiber, and fatty acid that make them a great energizing fruit.

What are their top 5 health benefits?

  • Protect your heart and improve your cholesterol thanks to its anthocyanins and fatty acids
  • Helps your digestion system thanks to its fibers
  • Boost your immune system with its antioxidants and vitamins
  • Help your cells fight against free radical and giving you healthier skin thanks to its high level of antioxidants
  • Encourage your energy production by keeping your muscles and bones strong with its calcium and other minerals

How to eat them?

  • You can eat them raw. They taste a bit like blackberries, slightly bitter
  • In a smoothie, blended with other berries
  • You can mix frozen açai berries in a bowl with other fruits or cereals or chia seeds
  • You can add powdered açai berries into your baking or your plain/non-dairy yogurt

Where to find them?

  • Fresh açai Berries are expensive, this is due to their long harvest and cost of processing and shipping
  • To maintain their natural benefits and taste, açai berries can be more easily found frozen or freeze-dried
  • Açai berries can also be found as frozen puree, dried powder or pressed juice

Now you know what delicious superfood you can add to your next meal. It will benefit your health overall and add color to your bowl, yogurt, smoothie, or cake!

Enjoy them and stay healthy!

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Chia seeds: so tiny and so powerful!

Did you know that Chia seeds were originated from Mexico and Guatemala, from a plant called the salvia hispanica? In fact, they used to be the staple food from the ancient Aztec and Mayans and were actually called “strength” in mayan.

Nowadays, Chia seeds are one of the healthiest food on the planet especially as they are loaded with nutrients that can benefit your body and your brain. This is because these tiny black and white seeds are full of healthy fatty acids-omega-3, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, minerals (such as magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorus) and vitamins B. Plus they are gluten free and great for vegan diet!

Chia seeds are so natural and an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body just as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). They even provide more calcium, phosphorus, and fiber than flaxseeds.

Did you know that USDA (United States Department of Agriculture –National Nutrient Database) recommends taking about one-ounce serving of Chia seeds per day (about 28 grams) for your daily needs? So, if you eat this amount per day, it would provide you with about 18% of calcium, 27% of phosphorus, 30% of manganese, and smaller amounts of potassium and copper. This is very beneficial to your daily needs and most people do not consume enough of these essential nutrients.

Of course, we all know the benefits of plantbased foods. They are good for your overall health in the sense that they reduce the risks of many health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke or other serious health conditions. Thus, eating the minimum daily recommended amount is very important for our body, so think easy and eat chia seeds.

It's easy to find them, as they are accessible in shops or online and so convenient to eat or use, with just a sprinkle, you can get your daily needed nutrients.

How to eat them? Your choice…either raw or cooked, but they should be added to another food. With their mild, nutty flavour you have many options, like to sprinkle them on cereals, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, oatmeal, and yogurt or mixed them into drinks like smoothies and baked foods, like bread, cakes or muffins. For vegan baking, they can even replace eggs.

A little tip for a great morning energy booster, just let the chia seeds soak for an hour or overnight in a bit of water, almond milk or a smoothie, they will have a softer and creamier texture, so you can enjoy even more this powerful mixture and be all pumped up to start-up your day!

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