Here at Mummyfique, we are always on the lookout for interesting ways to introduce healthy ingredients to our children.
Your little one’s immune system can suffer if they are constantly bombarded with processed foods, preservatives and sugar, so it can really be beneficial if you make the effort to introduce organic immune boosting fruits and vegetables into their diets. Not only does a healthy diet help your little one in early childhood, the boost in immune system follows them into adulthood, and plays a part in protecting them against cancer and other chronic diseases.
Just like every child’s potential is different, not all fruits and vegetables are created equal. Superfoods, as the name suggests, are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals in a single serving.
Introducing a superfood like acai into your child’s diet can provide him/her with the necessary antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids to boost their immune system.
Superfruit — Organic Acai Berry
Acai (pronounced Ah-Sah-Ee) berries have been widely lauded as a superfood with very high antioxidant levels.
The Acai berry is from the Acai palm tree, known as ‘The Tree of Life’ and is found only in the Amazon forest. For centuries, Acai has been used by tribes as a secret medicine and provider of health and energy. It was discovered by the modern world in the past decade and is currently prized for being one of the healthiest superfruits in the world. Here are some key reasons why:
Great source of antioxidants: Antioxidants are the ‘superheroes’ that boost your little one’s immune system. Acai berries have double the amount of antioxidants as compared to blueberries, and nearly 10 times that of grapes.
High in essential fatty acids: Acai berries are high in Omega 3,6,9 fatty acids which play an important role in your little one’s brain and eyesight development.
Rich in Dietary fibre: Acai berries are rich in dietary fibre, which helps to improve your little one’s digestion and bowel system.
Almost perfect essential amino acids: Acai provides an almost perfect amount of essential amino acid complex and proteins that cannot be created by the human body. Protein is essential for your little one’s growth and development, and for cell maintenance and repair.
How to Have Organic Acai?
Despite its wonders, Acai berry is a highly perishable fruit and does not fare well once harvested from their trees. Frozen berry pulp has been found to be the best way to preserve the nutrients of the berries. The frozen pulp is the perfect ingredient if you’re looking to make a quick, healthy and delicious juice/smoothie or smoothie bowl for your little one.
To change things up a bit we used the pulp to make a no churn ripple ice cream — a real treat for the kids.
1 Cup chilled heavy cream
1 Cup low fat condensed milk
1 Pack frozen Acai berry pulp
- Churn cream in mixer till fluffy.
- Add condensed milk, continue churning till smooth and airy.
- Place the bar of frozen Acai pulp under running tap water for 10-15 seconds to soften it. Break the pulp into smaller pieces within the pack. Pour pack into a small bowl.
- Mix a scoop of cream into the Acai pulp to thicken its consistency.
- Pour some cream mix into a container, scoop and create ripple pattern with Acai cream. Repeat with layers of cream.
- Crumble graham crackers and add to the top of the mix for extra texture.
- Freeze for at least six hours.
Where to Get Your Organic Acai?
Poppy and Co. provides 100% organic and pure frozen unsweetened organic Acai pulp which is GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and has no added preservatives, stabilizers, additives, sweeteners and emulsifiers.
It is conveniently available at 20 NTUC Finest stores, JEM and OCBC Sport Hub Hypermarket island-wide. For more stockists and online delivery, click here.