I love the color purple.
And I love eating purple colored foods even more!!
If you have kids, like me, you know it's not always easy to get them to eat healthy. Especially if you've introduced them to the world of junk food.
So in order to entice them, I like to create fun, enticing and vibrantly colored meals. One of my favorite methods to do this is adding açaí.
It's pronounced AH-sigh-EE, and the berries come from a palm tree used to make medicine.
Açaí berries possess a rich and diversified composition of bioactive compounds with health-promoting properties.
The most significant health benefits have been attributed to the phenolic compounds and vitamin C, which are potentially protective against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
They look like this:
If you can get them fresh, AWESOME!!!!
If not, you can find them in the frozen section of your local health food store, or you can order them online.
According to the National Institute for Medical Health, "Açaí has more antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or blueberry."
As I was saying, açaí can also be used as a FANTASTIC NATURAL FOOD COLOR for homemade frostings, beverages, candies, etc. instead of using artificial food colorings that have ingredients like FD&C Red No. 40 and FD&C Blue No. 1 which are definitely NOT REAL FOODS!
In fact, if you see any "colors" or "numbers" on your ingredient lists, I would avoid that "food" in general. Colors and numbers don't grow on trees! And they are a way of avoiding telling you the truth about what's in your food, if you ask me.
In case you were wondering what Blue No. 1 is, and why I don't think it's a REAL FOOD, I'll tell you.
It's a synthetic dye produced using several hundred chemical compounds, most highly toxic and carcinogenic, used to change the color of many popular "FOODS" like Gatorade and M&M's.
It's made with petroleum which is toxic to nearly all forms of life.
According to the National Institute for Medical Health, "Animal studies have shown effects on the lungs, central nervous system, liver, kidney, developing fetus, and reproductive system from exposure to petroleum compounds, generally after breathing or swallowing the compounds."
The chemicals present in it, like benzene, are known to cause leukemia in humans and are also used for making pesticides, nail polish, and paint thinners.
It's also known for causing birth defects, and yet you'll STILL commonly see it all over grocery store shelves in the dairy products, ice-creams, canned vegetables, beverages, candies, AND in the shampoos, body wash, and other "hygienic" products too....
You can see the levels of benzene found in various soft drinks and other beverages here. And then boycott these companies, and buy organic, or make your own! Or I guess you can keep drinking the poison... But I hope you don't! Because I love you! And I want the best for you!
So... What can do we to change this?? STOP BUYING THESE PRODUCTS!
And that will force them to change, or go out of business.
Vote with your money! Every dollar you spend is a vote for the kind of world you want to live in!
And now go try this raw smoothie bowl!! Real food recipe below.
Trust me, you'll LOVE it!
Eating healthy is a form of self-respect 🙂
El Ali, Bassam M.; Bassam El Ali; Ali, Mohammad Farahat (2005). Handbook of industrial chemistry: organic chemicals. New York: McGraw-Hill ISBN 0-07-141037-6
Food and Drug Administration Safety Alerts, FD&C Blue No. 1 (Blue 1) in enteral feeding solutions, http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm169530.htm
FDA Chemical Contaminants, Data on Benzene in Soft Drinks and Other Beverages, http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/ChemicalContaminants/ucm055815.htm
Gatorade Ingredients, Nutrition Facts, http://www.gatorade.com/products/g-series/low-calorie-thirst-quencher-powder
M&M's Ingredients Label, Ingredients, http://www.mms.com/us/nutrition#milk
Public Health Statement, Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons, http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/ToxProfiles/tp123-c1-b.pdf
Schreckinger ME, Lotton J, Lila MA, et al. Berries from South America: a comprehensive review on chemistry, health potential, and commercialization, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20170356