Breathe ah-sigh-EE of Relief posted in: Food and Beverage

So we’ve heard the saying, “Man cannot live by bread alone”, but could we by Acai?

Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) is a super-fruit* from Brazil. In fact it may be one of the most nutritious  fruits on the planet! It has been called “nature’s perfect fruit” and is regarded a superfood because you could get almost all your day’s nutritional needs from this one fruit! Not only that, but research has shown the fruit to have the most antioxidants of any fruit or vegetable. It contains Vitamins C, E, B1, B2, B3, potassium, calcium, phosphorus fatty acids Omega-9 and Omega-6, a high fiber content and proteins you need to keep your body going. This is one serious berry!

Because of it’s high levels of nutrient rich essentials, Acai is believed to improve one’s overall health and is credited with a whole host of health benefits including:

  • Helping with cardiac functioning and blood circulation – which is said to be helpful for those suffering from any kind of inflammation or arthritis.
  • fighting cancer
  • Slowing the aging process – sign me up!
  •  (fatty acids also in the fruit are said to) Help with removal of cholesterol and aid the body in absorption of Vitamins A, C, E, and K (some of which are in the superfruit itself).
  • Aiding digestion.
  •  (If you get hurt, the berry) Helping to reduce injuries and speeds up your recovery time.
  • Aiding in stabilization of blood sugar levels  – supporting weight loss and assisting in maintaining a healthy appetite
  • Managing diabetes

OK, at this point my brain couldn’t absorb any more information (but perhaps if I get serious about Acai, it will help me take in and retain more info too) Well, I don’t know, but here’s to hoping….

Already a fan or interested in making this King Kratos of the food world part of your diet? Try these tasty – got to be healthy, fast and easy recipes….

Acai Smoothie

    Get your day off to a Smoothie start!

  • 14 ounces Acai juice, thawed
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 10 medium strawberries, sliced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup (or to taste)

Preparation: Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Add more agave or lime juice to taste (if desired).

Variants: Add ½ cup yogurt or ½ cup ice. Also, frozen acai pulp or puree may be used in place of the juice.

To make a nice sorbet, pour the puree fruit into a baking pan and place in the freezer. Stir every 20 minutes until set. Serve.

Breathe a 'Acai of Relief' with this cocktail

 

 

Acai of Relief

Ingredients

3 oz cachaca* or rum
3 oz acai juice (As pure as possible)
2 oz orange juice
2 oz lime juice
2 oz club soda
2 T agave nectar
Mint sprig for garnish (optional)

Preparation: Combine first six ingredients. Mottle chopped mint with this mixture to release its flavor. Strain and pour mixture over ice. Garnish with mint sprig.

Cheers!

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Falling in Love posted in: Weddings

Autumn weddings are a time to embrace nature’s true splendor. Here are some ideas for your harvest wedding in the great outdoors, or in a room with a view of beautiful fall foliage.

 

Fall-Themed Wedding Ideas

 

Color Palette
Hues of deep purples, browns and golden tones are always popular palette choices for fall, but consider pairing these classic colors with a jewel tone or vivid hue for a totally now twist to the traditional color scheme. Think sapphire paired with cream and rust, or chartreuse anchored in rich brown. Mix with gold, copper, or bronze metallics for a glam touch. Nature-inspired accents will give the look seasonal flair – think leaves, gourds, pumpkins, gold dipped pine cones and acorns, sprays of wheat, bales of hay, etc.

Invitations & Stationery
Keep the look simple. Add an acorn or leaf design to your stationery suite or consider using fine papers and inks in rich fall colors – deep reds, blackberry, or metallic brown. A creative alternative creative, use wooden save-the-dates and invites to set the tone for your town & country chic nuptials.

Décor
Set the stage for a rustic reception using long wooden tables topped with vibrant arrangements running the length of the table for a relaxed atmosphere. Go glam using lush fabrics in shades of the season to drape tables and accent mahogany chiavari chairs, highlighted with crystal candelabra. Send guests off with goodies like locally made jams presented in festive packaging displayed in wooden crates lined with straw by the exit, or fill mini burlap bags with coffee beans or flower bulbs tied with a ribbon at each guest’s place setting.

Seasonal blooms of chocolate-brown cosmos and burgundy dahlias, or sunflowers mixed with golden and sunset-hued roses are beautifully appropriate combinations.  Incorporate cranberries or sprays of wheat to add natural texture to arrangements. Display centerpieces and accent décor in creative containers like pumpkins or vintage-looking lanterns for a festive touch. For added ambiance, order a personalized aisle runner, or dust your aisle with fall foliage rather than flower petals.

Flowers

Food
For a fall reception, think comfort foods. Offer warm mulled wine, hot cider and mini gruyere grilled cheese during the cocktail hour.  For dinner, quail with honey glazed carrots, a cheese course with warm bread and in-season fruits and fresh berry cobbler for dessert are all ideas that’ll really play on the season. To keep it elegant, serve traditional fare in sophisticated, creative ways such as presenting soup in hollowed gourds.

Cakes
Selecting a decadent chocolate cake with savory dark ganache filling spiked with a little sea salt topped with bold hues of fresh flowers, or total “foodie” seasonal flavors such as pumpkin with cream cheese frosting covered with spun sugar is the way to go this season.

 

I’ll leave you with a final thought- Fall weather can be unpredictable. What begins as a sunny warm day can turn quite brisk come evening.  Be prepared for both extremes.  Clearly communicate if the ceremony will be hosted outdoors. It is also wise to have portable heaters available along with the love of family and friends to keep everyone warm and happy on your wedding day. 

 

 

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