Category: Produces

Acai bowl with Banana and Granola

Acai. Proudly Brazilian born and bred.

There’s so much talk about the acai I hardly know where to start with. The most interesting thing is that each new study proves more and more nutritional benefits of this berry.

Acai and guarana have been used by Amazonian indigenous tribes for centuries as foods that gives energy before a fight or long hunting trips. In fact the name of the fruit is of Tupi-Guarani origin and means “fruit that cries” or “fruit that leaks”.

Nowadays this Amazon pearl is consumed worldwide and is considered one of the top 10 natural superfood being part of diets, production of cosmetics and medical treatments.

The truth is that I love acai bowl with banana and granola. The taste did not please me the very first time I tried it but from the second spoonful I was addicted to the mixture.
I remember all the wonderful summers my family spent in Ilhabela and how we used to finish the afternoon in the sunny days (after going to the beach and having BBQ) with a nice acai bowl with fruits and granola.

Is it fat?? Unfortunately yes. The fruit has high caloric value and should be consumed in moderation.

Acai Bowl, Saturday afternoon at Coco Mar restaurant, Dee Why

And just in case you still not convinced, here are some key properties of the acai:

  • It has high amounts of vitamin E; so it is a natural antioxidant and helps fight free radicals;
  • It is rich in fibre and thus helps in bowel habits;
  • It is rich in iron, important mineral for our bodies and that fights anaemia;
  • It contains considerable protein, element that acts in the repair and construction of tissues and are essential in the diet to lose fat;
  • It has a large concentration of calcium, which is essential for building bones and teeth;
  • It has a high content of vitamin B1, as well as help stimulate appetite, ensures the proper functioning of the nervous system
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Wild Hibiscus – Flowers in Syrup

Wild Hibiscus - Flowers in Syrup

Here in Australia I’ve learned to like sparkling wines. It is a very popular drink here especially among women.
It is an excellent drink for sunny days, to have while enjoying a good laugh with the girls, a gossip or perhaps a time to discuss issues that are critical to our survival: hair, nails, shoes, handbags and so on.

The boys usually make fun of us and they say that serving sparkling wine with a fresh cherry in the glass is very old fashion.
Until one day when my friend Melissa introduced me to edible hibiscus flower: a flower preserved in syrup and made to be served in champagne and sparkling wine.

Flor de Hibisco

Besides more elegant than the cherry, the flower adds a mild sweet flavour to the drink. Best of all is that the flower is edible!

The hibiscus flower in syrup is hand-crafted in Australia. Each jar comes with approx 10 flowers and it costs around 10 Aussie dollars.

The flower falls to the bottom of the glass and the bubbles make the petals to open slowly. We can have a drink and then reach the flower on the bottom of the glass. So yummy!

It has a soft gelatinous consistency and a taste similar to raspberry.
My friends are getting very chic!

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