What better way to start your day, than with a nutrient-packed superfood smoothie? This acai smoothie recipe is quick and easy to make, and will undoubtedly give you a great lift to your day.
What fruit to use is entirely up to you, but in our opinion berries work the best as they are small and bursting with goodness. Their size, flavor, and juiciness help your drink to be as smooth as possible (as a smoothie should be). Some fruits like apples or hard pears can make it a little grainy. Just choose your fruits the night before, cut larger ones into pieces, pop into a Ziploc bag, add in a couple of sliced bananas, and freeze for the next morning.
But we can't forget the star of this show: the acai berry. Acai is a berry from the Amazon forest in Brazil and is exploding with antioxidants, which aside from keeping a spring in your step, are reputedly also good for weight loss and have far-reaching claims about cancer too.
Here in this smoothie recipe, it is the organic freeze-dried berry powder which is used to send the nutritional levels in this drink into the stratosphere. The powder is readily available in whole food stores, supermarkets, and online, but keep in mind that it has a short shelf life once opened, so only buy when needed.
- 1 1/2 cups mixed fruits (frozen as above)
- 1 cup almond or regular milk
- 4 tablespoons organic acai freeze-dried powder
Tip the frozen fruits, milk, and acai powder into a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into a glass and drink immediately.
The smoothie will keep in the refrigerator or a vacuum sealed container for a few hours, but is always at its optimum when fresh.
Above is the basic recipe for the smoothie and the variations on this are endless.
The milk you use is entirely up to you. Using nut milk adds extra flavor, vitamins and is also suitable for a vegan diet. You can, of course, use any milk you wish dependent on your dietary requirement and preferences.
As stated before the fruit you use is up to you, but don't limit it just to fruits. A little chopped up celery adds a variety of taste, coconut sprinkled on top of a pineapple, and Acai smoothie brings a positively tropical spin.
Want a little texture on your finished smoothie then consider adding some crunch by a sprinkling of healthy nuts, grains or seeds on top. If you are on the Chia seed roll, add a few to the mix.
Museli or granola can also be used as toppings and will add extra texture.
Drinking your smoothie on the go? Save the crunchy textured toppings for when you use a spoon to scoop up the goodness.