Acai is a Brazilian berry original from the Amazon Region that is considered to be one of nature’s most complete and healthy foods. Acai is a palm tree that grows in the North of Brazil. The name means “fruit that cries” and the tree can be found all over the Amazonia region.
In Brazil a bowl of Acai is usually eaten in the morning with breakfast. The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu family, considered the original masters of the blend, started blending this fruit with banana and a little guarana (a mild natural stimulant). Since then, it has gone from a training secret to a daily ritual for surfers and all health conscious people
Fifty-nine year old chef, author, traveler, drinker and TV star Anthony Bourdain is known for, among many other things, fighting off addiction in his younger years. Now, in his advanced age, he’s become addicted to fighting.
Bourdain has been in love with Brazilian jiu jitsu since his wife , a BJJ master, finally convinced him to give it a shot in 2014. He was immediately taken with it. Now a blue belt with a gold in his category already, it is obvious that BJJ quickly became an obsession.
“Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a thing in our house. Our lives—all our lives—revolve around training schedules; at any given time, there’s a heap of sodden, frequently blood-smeared gis waiting outside the washer, and another set (Mom, Dad, and girl) hanging to dry on a special rack in my daughter’s playroom.
Most of our professors are Brazilian, and it is an article of faith among Brazilian practitioners of martial arts that Acai, the “miracle jungle fruit of the Amazon,” is the answer to—and cure for—all things, from ineptness at rear naked choke holds to cancer.
Whether the health benefits hold up under scientific scrutiny or not, the stuff is pretty delicious, and it’s become a staple in our household. A post-training bowl of icy cold Acai purée and fruit? It sure seems to make us all feel better.”
Check out his way of preparing the ultimate bowl of acai:
1/2 to 3/4 cup Acai juice, Sambazon brand preferred
2 bananas, peeled
7 oz. frozen unsweetened Acai puree, Sambazon brand preferred
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries or raspberries
1/2 cup granola, for garnish (optional)
1/4 cup cacao nibs, for garnish (optional)
Vitamix or other blender with a fairly strong motor
Place the Acai juice and one of the bananas in the blender’s pitcher, then add the frozen Acai puree, blueberries, and strawberries on top so that the blades suck in the frozen items. Pulse as needed to form a smooth sorbet, scraping down the sides of the pitcher with a spatula as necessary.
Slice the remaining banana. Divide the mixture between two bowls and top each with the garnishes. Serve immediately.
Give this recipe a try next time you decide to indulge in everyone’s favorite bowl.
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