Açai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) comes from the Amazon jungle and its flavor profile is often described as a mash-up of wild berries and chocolate. This small berry is considered a super fruit as it packs a mighty punch of antioxidants (more than strawberries, blueberries, and grapes), which has been shown to be beneficial with everything from diabetes, to heart disease and obesity. Palm Berries bowls are made with a heaping serving of acai.
Pitaya (aka Dragon Fruit) has Latino roots as it originated in Central America. Today you can find this exotic fruit in most supermarkets and, of course, in Palm Berries bowls and blends. The vibrant scarlet color isn’t the only exciting feature of this fruit. Its sweet watermelon-like taste adds a dose of Vitamin C and fiber to any product. Pitaya has lots of anti-oxidants and low cholesterol, which helps keep your heart as good as new!
Cupuaça (pronounced koo-poo-ah-soo) is believed to be the super “FOOD OF THE GODS” in the Amazon rainforests of South America. Its nutrition profile includes phytonutrient polyphenols, anti-oxidants, and essential nutrients, all which are thought to help the body fight illness and disease. The taste is described as a mixture of pineapple, lime, and passion fruit. The white pulp of the fruit has a nutritional boost - get your fix today in a Palm Berries blend.
Acerola is often referred to as a cherry of the tropic. This bright red fruit is native to Central America, northern South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Acerola has a delicate flavor, with notes of apple, and is a rich source of Vitamin C-thirty times more than oranges! Get your daily dose of Vitamin C by adding acerola to your Palm Berries blend.
Blue spirulina is a blue-green algae, but a good kind of algae. This powerhouse is rich in vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants. Preliminary research studies suggest spirulina may boost the immune system, help protect against allergic reactions, and have anticancer properties. From the sea, but blue spirulina does not taste fishy. For a treat vibrant in color and rich in nutrition, choose to add blue spirulina to your Palm Berries bowl or blend.
Cacao Nibs are the seeds that eventually turn into chocolate. This super food contains more antioxidants per weight than blueberries, goji berries, red wine and pomegranates. Cacao nib’s super powers have been linked to reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease. Craving chocolate? Try adding cacao nibs to your Palm Berries bowl for a chocolaty taste with added health benefits.
Goji Berries have ancient roots in China. People in Asia have been eating these bright orange-red berries for over 2000 years as a medicinal agent for living a longer, healthier life. The bright pigment of this berry is reflective of its high amount of antioxidants. A recent study found that people who eat goji berries on a daily basis were less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. Hailed as one of the newest super foods, dried goji berries can be added to your Palm Berries bowl for a nutrition boost with a slight cranberry or sour cherry taste.
Hemp Seeds are from the same species as cannabis (marijuana) but a different variety. You won’t get the psychoactive effects of the THC found in marijuana, but you will get a dose of healthy fats. The mild, nutty flavor of hemp seeds adds an extra layer of protein, vitamins, and possibly a reduction in blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease. People in China have been using food as medicine for over 2000 years. Maybe we can learn some health hacks from people in Asia and add hemp seeds to Palm Berries bowls and blends.
Chia Seeds may best be remembered from the hair growing ceramic animals of the 1980’s but these seeds are more popular than ever in 2020. Their high omega-3 fatty acids and fiber content has led to health claims such as reducing appetite and weight, improving blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes and lowering triglycerides. Chia seeds come to us from Mexico and Guatemala and were offered up to the ancient Aztec Gods in religious ceremonies. Eat like an ancient God and add chia seeds to your Palm Berries bowl or blend.
Flax Seeds can be manufactured into clothes or oil or eaten as seeds. Eating the seeds is the healthy route as they have a very mild, nutty flavor that is almost indistinguishable in foods but provide essential fatty acids the body cannot make. If those facts weren’t enough to convince you to add a topping of flax seeds to your Palm Berries bowl or blend, a recent study reported people who ate flax seeds daily had a reduction in blood pressure more than those who were taking high blood pressure medication.