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Have you ever gotten up in the morning feeling sluggish or else found that, come mid-day, you just didn’t have any energy left? At Havaianas we have a solution for you: the açaí berry, an open secret but increasingly trendy, and so beneficial that it’s come to be known as ‘the fruit of life’. And do you know where it comes from? Brazil, no less! Indeed it is so cherished there that singer-songwriter Nilson Chávez has made a song about it: ‘Sabor Açai’ – Açaí Flavour.
Originally from the northern tropical areas, and more specifically from the state of Pará, native tribes already used it for curative purposes in the pre-Colombian Era. With its dark purple tone, the açaí berry has a juicy fleshy texture and a flavour not unlike that of chocolate. Despite its small size, this ‘superfood’ has a series of properties that your body and you can be thankful for:
Antioxidant: it regenerates and rejuvenates, and protects the skin, which is something we value at Havaianas, since we love the beach, outdoor sports and enjoying the sun whenever possible.
Purifying: as it contains fibre, it helps to keep fat off.
Strengthens our defences: its ellagic acid content helps fight bacteria and viruses.
Energising: the omega acids it contains act on the nervous system, providing huge amounts of vitality and resistance, which will also help you be more positive and optimistic. As we say at Havaianas, “a good mood is the best medicine”.
Regulates cholesterol: its high fibre supply, its anti-oxidising effect and its high omega content make fat absorption difficult which in turn stops the latter from turning into cholesterol: it is therefore ideal to fight and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
There are several ways to have it, from eating the fruit to drinking it in tea-form, but Havaianas has a deliciously nutritious and fun suggestion for you: having it as an ice-cream!
And here is the recipe!
Ingredients for 8 people
1 tin of coconut milk ¼ cup of soya milk ¼ cup of honey ¾ cup of cashew nuts 1 packet of açaí powder 2 ripe frozen bananas ½ teaspoon of sea salt 1 teaspoon of vanilla
Step 1: Mix the coconut milk and honey in a saucepan. Heat gently until the two blend into a smooth texture, then add the soya milk. Allow to cool down.
Step 2: Pour the content into a blender and add the rest of the ingredients. The frozen bananas – cut into bits – will help provide the right texture. Blend at an average speed for around 30 seconds then place contents in a container which you will place in the freezer for around 3 to 4 hours.
Step 3: To serve up, use an ice-cream scoop and place as many scoops as you like in a bowl, to which you can add what you fancy: strawberries, blackberries, cereals or mint leaves.