The a?aí palm provides two of my favourite things on earth, a?ai berries and hearts of palm. The a?aí berry is jam packed with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It’s also delicious. The first time the husband took me to Rio we went to a juice bar near the beach and he got me this massive dark purple a?aí smoothie. It was incredibly beautiful and super scrumptious. The berry is quite tart but has chocolatey cocoa undertones which makes it a delicious addition to any smoothie or juice. It also has a magnificent colour.
I received the most beautiful glass bottle of milk from Consol last week. Not only do I just adore the nostalgia of milk in a glass bottle but the milk inside was the most delicious and creamy milk i’ve ever tasted. Thanks to the sexy Swiss cows from Deneys Swiss Dairy?i’m ruined for all other milk. And let’s face it, milk just tastes better in a glass bottle. This awesome colab is getting people to focus on bringing back the pure things in life. This gorgeous glass bottle is pure packaging. It keeps the milk fresher for longer and with no nasty chemicals that could alter the taste of its contents. So chuck out those plastic cartons and decant your milk into a beautiful glass bottle. It’s better for you, it looks darn pretty and it feels like a treat!
Also- can we have a minute for these amazing strawberries I found at the market. They were almost too pretty to eat… almost. To give the different layers of the smoothie some slushie consistency I sliced and froze a bunch of strawberries and bananas. They also make fabulous sorbet in seconds if you blend them up with a splash of coconut milk. The chia seed layer is a yum and fun textural element but also super duper healthy. These babies are laden with?B vitamins, thiamine, niacin,?folate,?calcium, iron, magnesium,?manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. I mean.?I’m feeling healthier just typing this!
A?aí Super Smoothie
makes 1 large smoothie
- 1 banana
- 125ml milk
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
Slice banana thinly and freeze slices until hard. Remove from the freezer and place all ingredients in a blender or nutribullet. Blend until smooth and reserve layer in the freezer.
Chia seed layer
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 125ml milk
Soak chia seeds in milk and vanilla until they become porridge like and reserve in the fridge.
- 7 strawberries
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 heaped Tbsp a?aí powder
- 125ml milk
Slice strawberries thinly and freeze until hard.?Remove from the freezer and place all ingredients in a blender or nutribullet. Blend until smooth and reserve layer in the freezer.
To assemble smoothie:
Mash some fresh strawberries at the bottom of the jar. Top with banana layer, chia seed layer and then a?aí layer. Finally decorate with fresh fruit, toasted nuts and seeds.
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by the awesome folks at Consol Glass