O Organics Acai Purees
New at Safeway you will find O Organics Acai Purees in the freezer department. Acai berries are known to have the highest antioxidants of all fruits, so if you are making smoothies or smoothie bowls, consider adding some acai to your smoothie to help improve your heath by increasing your intake of this antioxidant rich food. The new organic acai purees are available in three delicious flavors, unsweetened, acai with guarana and acai with brown rice protein and strawberry and apple juice.
While the flavor profile of the three acai purees is similar, they have slightly different nutritional properties in terms of sugar, fat and protein amounts. My personal favorite is the unsweetened acai puree because it has only 4 grams of carbs and no sugars. You can easily make a smoothie with it by using a low sugar yogurt or high protein nut milk and have a low sugar smoothie that is filling and gives you great energy for the day. I love to top my smoothie bowls with fresh fruits, chia seeds and also healthy fats like nuts that help keep me full longer.
What are Acai berries?
Acai berries are 1-inch (2.5-cm) round fruits that grow on acai palm trees in the rainforests of Central and South America. They have a dark purple skin and yellow flesh surrounding a large seed.
To make them edible, they are soaked to soften the tough outer skin and then mashed to form a dark purple paste. They have an earthy taste that’s often described as a cross between blackberries and unsweetened chocolate.
Fresh acai berries have a short shelf life and aren’t available outside of where they are grown. As an export, they are sold as a frozen fruit purée, dried powder or pressed juice. The O Organics acai purees are available in 4 packs, 3.9 – 4 oz single servings in each package.
Health Benefits of Acai Berries
- Acai berries contain healthy fats and low amounts of sugar, as well as many trace minerals and plant compounds.
- Acai is incredibly rich in antioxidants, boasting three times the amount found in blueberries. This is important because they neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals throughout the body.
- Many animal studies and at least one human study have suggested that acai may help lower blood cholesterol levels.
How to Make an Acai Smoothie and Smoothie Bowl
1. Thaw the acai packet at room temperature for 1-2 minutes then cut top of packet.
2. Blend pack with 1/2 to 1 cup water or nut milk, spinach or kale and fruits of choice.
3. Add toppings for a bowl or enjoy as is for a smoothie.
To make an acai bowl, blend unsweetened frozen purée with milk or a non-dairy milk alternative to turn it into a smoothie-like base for toppings. Using frozen fruit, especially frozen banana gives great texture to the smoothie bowl.
Toppings may include sliced fruit or berries, toasted coconut flakes, nut butters, cocoa nibs, granola or chia seeds.
O Organics Organic Unsweetened Acai Puree
70 calories per serving, 5 grams of fat, 4 total carbs and 0 sugars.
Ingredients: Organic Acai Puree (Filtered Water, Organic Acai), Less than 0.5% of Organic Soy Lecithin, Citric Acid.
O Organics Acai Puree with Guarana
100 calories; 0.5 g sat fat (3% DV); 15 mg sodium (1% DV); 13 g total sugars.
Ingredients: Organic Acai Puree (Filtered Water, Organic Acai), Organic Cane Sugar, Less than 0.5% of: Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Guarana Extract, Citric Acid.
O Organics Acai Puree with Brown Rice Protein
Acai, strawberry & apple juice/Puree with brown rice protein. Per 1 Pack: 90 calories; 0 g sat fat (0% DV); 150 mg sodium (7% DV); 6 g total sugars.
Ingredients include Organic Acai Juice (Filtered Water, Organic Acai), Organic Strawberry Puree, Filtered Water, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate, Fruit & Vegetable Juice (for Color), Organic Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid).
Watch a quick video I created highlighting the acai puree in a smoothie and a smoothie bowl here:
You can find the new O Organics Organic Acai Purees in the frozen aisle with the other O Organics frozen fruits and smoothie kits. They retail for $5.99 each and contain 4 puree packets in each package. They are on sale for $5.49 through the month of April as part of the April Big Book of Savings.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Safeway to introduce you to the new O Organics Acai Fruit Purees. As always opinions are my own and we appreciate you supporting the brands that make this site possible.
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