While delicious, convenient, and seemingly healthy, smoothies can be high-sugar, high-carb traps (a ketogenic nightmare). However, by using low carb superfood açaí and healthy fat powerhouses like almonds in our smoothies, we can sidestep the problematic smoothie snare.
Let's take a closer look at the headliner of today's featured recipe: açaí.
Açaí has been part of the indigenous Brazilian diet for centuries and rightly so. This berry is one of the only fruits on the planet to be naturally sugar free, packed with antioxidants, and full of healthy omegas. Check out some of the most notable health benefits of this super-berry.
Heart Health: It contains antioxidants that help the body remain more resilient to the effects of free radicals which cause the body to deteriorate and develop ailments, such as heart disease, over time. Açaí is also considered anti-inflammatory because it contains monounsaturated fatty acids. It also has dietary fiber which promotes cardiovascular health.
Digestive Aid: We mentioned that the açaí berry has a good dose of fiber, but it also is considered a natural digestive cleanser, helping the liver and kidneys to process and remove waste and toxins from the body.
Weight Loss: Research has shown that açaí helps improve metabolic functions which help the body absorb nutrients, break down foods, eliminate waste, and regulate the release of insulin. By helping boost proper digestion and controlling the amount of insulin in the blood, açaí curbs cravings and can be helpful as part of a healthy weight loss regime.
Skin Benefits: Consuming plenty of antioxidants helps the body repair damaged skin cells faster and maintain a healthy glow.
Whether you need a post-workout protein boost, or a quick breakfast on the go, check out our latest recipe below.
Açaí Protein Smoothie
1 packet frozen Sambazon unsweetened açaí
2 scoops unsweetened collagen protein (or pea protein to make it vegan)
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 cup of your organic greens of choice
1 cup unsweetened nut milk
2 tbsp Zsweet® or 3 super sweet packets