I know it’s a bit cliche to start the year providing recipes for foods like smoothies, soups and salads, but I really do think it’s what my body wants right now. Cheese-smothered biscuits and Frito pie isn’t the thing my mind is gravitating towards–even though I do love those foods with all my heart.
If you’re unfamiliar with acai, not to worry; I actually hadn’t heard of it until a few years ago. A large part of my Colombian family moved to Brazil during the 80s, which means a big part of my family is now Brazilian. A few years back, my grandfather was visiting from Brazil and introduced me to acai – a small Brazilian berry with a beautiful deep purple hue. Acai is now considered a “superfood” by many due to its large amounts of antioxidants, amino acids and omega fats; all which help boost your immune system and metabolic functions. Finding the berries themselves in the States isn’t the easiest, but acai is most readily available in frozen puree. I found mine at my local health food store (and Whole Foods) in the frozen foods section.
I love adding these packs to the jar of a blender, adding a few of my other smoothie extras like bananas, almond milk, bee pollen and a drizzle of honey. It’s a good way to kick off each morning in 2014.
Acai and Banana Smoothie
Acai is considered a "superfood" that boosts the immune system and metabolism
- 2 frozen acai packs
- 2 medium-sized bananas
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 heaping tablespoon bee pollen
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth, about 1 minute. Divide the mixture between glasses and serve.
Yield: 2 smoothies
Adrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.