Acai berries are packed with antioxidants more than any other known fruit or vegetable in the world. That’s what makes this smoothie recipe such a nutritional powerhouse.
Acai berries are also rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, amino acids, protein, vitamins and dietary fiber.
However, this is a tropical rainforest fruit which spoils easily and you will definitely not find it in your supermarket shelves. However, I have read that you can get it in powdered form and here in Greece we get it in juice.
The fruit used were whatever I had at home. I froze them overnight except the banana as it was a last minute addition and of course you can add whatever other fruit you like.
Make more and freeze it in ice molds and you will have the most delicious snack not only for your children who will love it as it has a delicious chocolaty taste but also for yourselves, if you are following the Mediterranean Diet, you can have this instead of a ten o’clock or afternoon snack, as it is also good for weight loss.
I enhanced its chocolaty taste by adding extra cocoa powder and sweetened it with honey. The amount of honey to be used will depend on the sweetness of the other fruit used.
Dynamite, from the Greek word Δυναμίτις – δύναμη meaning strength – powerful, so you can see why it deserves to be called a dynamite drink, combined with all the other fruit.
The Kiwi Fruit is rich in vitamins C, E and A. It contains dietary fibre, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and copper. It has a remarkable ability to remove excess sodium from the body which is good for the average person who eats too much salt. The Kiwi fruit is also rich in antioxidants ad digestive enzymes.
Strawberries contain a range of nutrients, with vitamin C heading the group. They also contain significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which fight free radicals. These antioxidant properties are believed to be linked to what makes the strawberry bright red.
So what are these weird free radicals? Free radicals are elements that can damage cells, and they are thought to contribute to the formation of many kinds of cancer.
In addition to vitamin C, strawberries also provide an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Apricots are rich in various food ingredients. The fresh fruit is rich in natural sugars, vitamin A and calcium. It is a good source of the Vitamins, i.e. B Complex, riboflavin and niacin as well as vitamin C.
Bananas contain tryptophan, they are high in iron, rich in in fiber, they are high in potassium (about 4673mg), yet very low in sodium (1mg), thus having a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure, they contain vitamins B6 and B12 etc.
Greek Thyme Honey
Greek honey is one of the finest tasting honeys in the world and is packed with a range of health benefits. The one I prefer the most is thyme honey. Honey was used in Greece as a natural sweetener from antiquity and is well known for its medicinal properties.
The Ancient Greeks used honey as a medicine, especially for diseases of the gut and as an antiseptic for wounds.
Greek honeys are rich in phenolic compounds, they modulate oestrogenic activity whereas a thyme honey-enriched diet may prevent cancer-related processes in breast, prostate and endometrial cancer cells.
Dynamite Smoothie with Acai Berries and Ice Pops, Recipe by Ivy
- 250 ml acai berry juice
- 2 kiwis, peeled and cut into slices
- 1 banana, sliced
- 6 large strawberries, halved
- 4 apricots, pitted and halved
- 1 tablespoon Greek thyme honey
- 1 heaped teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
Wash the strawberries and apricots. Peel the other fruit, cut into smaller pieces and deep freeze overnight. Put them in a blender or food processor with acai juice and puree them until smoothie consistency is reached.
Add honey and cocoa and blend. Taste and add more honey if you want it sweeter.
Put any leftover in ice pop molds and freeze for a few hours.