Açaí’s lush hue confirms its corresponding anthocyanin-rich heritage that surpasses other antioxidant-laden berries, such as blueberries, cranberries, and blackberries. And with an ORAC rating that’s off the charts (610 versus cranberry’s 94 and blueberry’s 92), the boost doesn’t stop there. Açaí packs vital fatty acids, fiber, phytosterols, and vitamins C and E into one potent package.
Brazilian açaí seeds are sometimes dyed or left in their natural state and used as beads for jewelry.
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Freeze-dried, puréed in smoothies, powdered in supplements and beauty products—açaí seems to be everywhere. But as with all things popular, read labels carefully to detect weak imposters—especially combos with little actual açaí. The fresh berries are extremely perishable and susceptible to mishandling, so confirm the company harvests and processes within 24 hours for best quality. Look for 100 percent açaí pulp in the refrigerated section, and then try our easy recipes for a super dessert or beverage sensation.
Mini Tofu Cheesecakes with Açaí-Strawberry Sauce Makes 2 mini cheesecakes
These delightful dairy-free desserts—topped with antioxidant powerhouse açaí—provide a satisfying ending to any meal.
1 cup açaí purée
1 cup strawberries, frozen or fresh
1 tsp. agave nectar
1½ tsp. plain gelatin
6 whole-grain graham crackers
1 Tbs. agave nectar
1 Tbs. canola oil
1 16-oz. pkg. silken tofu, drained
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. arrowroot flour
2 Tbs. agave nectar
½ tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
2 egg substitutes, such as Ener-G egg replacer
PER SERVING: 306 CAL; 9G PROT; 11 G TOTAL FAT (1 G SAT FAT); 41G CARB; 0 MG CHOL; 243 MG SOD; 4 G FIBER; 22 G SUGARSAçaí Iced Tea Serves 2
Açaí combined with tea makes a delicious and refreshing alternative to red wine. It’s especially good with light, summery dishes.
1 cup boiling water
1 orange pekoe tea bag
½ cup cold water
1 cup açaí juice
PER SERVING: 51 CAL; 1 G PROT; 0 G TOTAL FAT (0 G SAT FAT); 12 G CARB; 0 MG CHOL; 8 MG SOD; 1 G FIBER; 10 G SUGARS
|Sambazon Organic Açaí Sorbet is delicious as a dessert or as breakfast, and has two times the antioxidants of blueberries.|
|To Go Brands Açaí Natural Energy Boost is packed with açaí and other superfruits, such as pomegranate and mango.|
|Tahiti Trader Organic Açaí Max Açaí Juice contains a touch of pure Brazilian guarana for increased stamina, focus, and vitality.|
|Genesis Today Açaí100 is great mixed into juice and contains 30,000 mg of açaí per serving.|
|Only Natural Ultimate Açaí Diet is formulated with pure organic açaí extract powder plus vitamins, herbs, and amino acids to enhance weight loss.|
|Sun Pure Naturals (Tahiti Naturel) Açaí Energy contains 1,200 mg of powerful, antioxidant açaí in convenient capsules.|
|Zola Smoothies taste great and come in healthful blends, such as Tangy Tart Blend with acerola.|