not just a berry, a lifestyle…

June 13th, 2008 · 30 Comments

buddha wants you to know that even though ‘life is suffering’, drink acai

and you probably think i made that up, right?  "not just a berry, a lifestyle…" but no dear readers, it’s the actual motto from the acai roots company.  i definitely would have been so berry much more clever.

and do you see that glass being lovingly cradled by the buddha?  it contains pure potent purple goodness. what you’re looking at is an acai pulp berry smoothie that will allegedly, among other things – improve your sex drive.  it’s one of the most powerful and nutritious foods known to man, and widely acknowledged as one of the richest anti-oxidants available.  i could go on about the high levels of omega 3 and 6 as well as the amino acids, not to mention all the fiber… but i’ll leave the thorough research in your capable hands.  bottom line is that DR. OZ gives it the big thumbs up.  need i say more? 

i’ve also seen it in the drink section of ‘whole foods’, being touted as the superfood to end all superfoods.  it’s as though they’re screaming the accolades of this brazilian berry across the globe.  Drink. This. NOW.

so last week, before i left for LA my friend angela gave me a big frozen container of acai pulp – the creme de la creme of acai.  blended with a banana, fresh blueberries and some ice cubes, it became a really nice spring breakfast for a few days running.

please excuse the fact that i breathed while taking this photograph without a tripod…

so, while i’m on the west coast not eating anything worth mentioning, the memory of this smoothie is actually pretty damn appealing. i plan on ordering a few containers and seeing if i notice… well, anything…

but ummm, do you think that just a little side of bacon would affect the ‘sex life’ perk?

Tags: asian · fruit

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mary Coleman // Jun 13, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Love this stuff!! So so good. Love Buddha with a smoothie. Total inspiration. Where did Angela get the pulp?

  • 2 Maggie // Jun 13, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Looks delicious! The flowers are lovely too. :)

  • 3 Vincent // Jun 13, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    acai…been buying this from whole foods for about 8 months and adding it to smoothies. i saw a difference in ash today because i was locked in a car with her for 4 hours – for the better. but, there was bananas in the drink as well so i cant tell.

    beautiful pics.

  • 4 democommie // Jun 14, 2008 at 6:56 am


    Sex drive, no problem. Having place to drive to, big problem.

    Is this better than goji? or that other really foul tasting juice that everyone has been selling for the last several years. I see pomegranate juice has now become a “commodity” item. I think Ocean Spray is diluting it’s HFC based drinks with it in some cases.

    I like peaches, pears, banana, oj and yogurt. Healthy? like I care–it’s yummy!!

  • 5 lifeinrecipes // Jun 14, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Mmmm. My vita-mix and acai are very friendly.

  • 6 NOBLE PIG // Jun 14, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Oh that’s cool! I say drink up, drink a lot!

  • 7 Donald // Jun 14, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Great pix Claudia!

    I love anything with blueberries, so this drink must be for me.

    Yeah, and I passed on to you the Arte y Pico award. I know you aren’t a meme kinda person, but here you go anyway. I like what it represents, so I think you deserve it.

  • 8 Lisa // Jun 14, 2008 at 9:27 am

    I’m pretty sure chemical compounds found in bacon actually multiply the effects of acai.

    Very pretty urn!

  • 9 Naomi // Jun 14, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I can’t see how a little side of bacon would affect your sex drive adversely, although if it were all crispily draped over some part of George Clooney then I’d say up to a pound of bacon would be fine.

    I like the idea of these super super foods, I just wish we had more exciting examples locally – broccoli and cabbage juice doesn’t quite get my heart racing in the same way…..

    x x x

  • 10 cookiecrumb // Jun 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Never heard of it! (Because it’s probably not local, and I’m a little nutty that way.)
    Lantana: Hideously fabulous beautiful plant. :-)

  • 11 Heather // Jun 14, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I have only had acai berry in a drink once, and I found it delicious. It’s a bit chocolatey and good for you!

  • 12 The Italian Dish // Jun 14, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    It’s such a struggle – “good for you” or “bacon”. Well, I can tell you, you are ahead of the curve. Acai juice is the next big thing. People think blueberries are good for them – they’re nothing next to acai. So drink up (and have a little bacon as a reward). You are so good.

  • 13 Peter // Jun 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    When this is all over, you can breathe aai of relief.

  • 14 Laura @ Hungry and Frozen // Jun 15, 2008 at 4:05 am

    I don’t know if you can get acai berries here in NZ but there’s Goji berry juice in the local lentil store for $60 A BOTTLE. So, not in my fridge :( Anything that expensive has got to be good for you though. By the way if you want something slightly different in your routine, lots of ripe bananas and berries blended up and frozen makes a really good sorbet/ice cream thing, sets rock hard so you have to let it soften first. Oh and LOL@ peter :)

  • 15 We Are Never Full // Jun 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Interesting… you’re a very good sales person. i have no friggin clue what this is but you’ve made me know that i WANT IT.

  • 16 Zenchef // Jun 15, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Yes, i found some frozen pulp at whole food and made some smoothies too. It was delicious. Nature’s answer to viagra, haha. What’s not to like? I have yet to try it with bacooon.. Thanks for the suggestion. :-)

  • 17 aforkfulofspaghetti // Jun 16, 2008 at 6:16 am

    I don’t know about the sex drive bit, but I’m with you on the acai berry. I’ve started buying the juice from my supermarket, and it’s most definitely my favourite drink of the moment…

  • 18 claudia // Jun 16, 2008 at 8:18 am

    this morning budda is thirsty and the plants well watered….the cats roaming about…..and the wall repair guy is here…repairing walls.

    Mr. fret work water

  • 19 claudia // Jun 16, 2008 at 8:33 am


    I can now be the claudia imposter :)


  • 20 Lesley // Jun 16, 2008 at 10:34 am

    I’ll add acai to my Whole Paycheck grocery list. It was being peddled at Bonnaroo this weekend, but we never got to it and it might’ve come in handy. Ahem.

    The nitrites in bacon kill your sex drive, I’m almost certain. :)

  • 21 jim voorhies // Jun 16, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Oh, yeah, believe what a vegetarian tells you about bacon. 😉

  • 22 Robert // Jun 16, 2008 at 11:19 am


    You didnt leave the key under the mat did you?

  • 23 Michelle @ What Does Your Body Good? // Jun 16, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    This stuff is not cheap! i’ll have to try it sometime when I’m feeling fancy. I’m getting married in August so maybe instead of Dom Perignon, we’ll have some really amazing acai smoothies!

  • 24 democommie // Jun 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm


    Bacon affects one’s sex drive? I don’t need it, personally, but I think I’ll keep a few pounds in the fridge in case of company.


    Are you familiar with this “Laylita’s Recipe’s”? I went looking for recipes for soft plantains (the bananas I bought at BJ’s a month and a half ago were, in fact, plantains) and came across the blog. It looks nice and has recipes with pork and black beans, so I’ll go back, soon.

    I made some bolognese on my single burner hotplate. Nothing exotic, but it’s nice to know I can eat my own cooking again.

    If anybody out there has a nice Electrolux, GE Cafe or better range that they’re trashing to make room for the Aga, let me know!

    Laylita’s Recipes

  • 25 claudia // Jun 16, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    in case anyone was wondering, Cary is using my computer at home which, unbeknownst to him stays signed in under my

    anyway, greetings from Cali !

  • 26 michelle @ TNS // Jun 17, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    frankly, i think bacon is a lifestyle.

    fresh direct carries the frozen pulp, i’ve been thinking about getting it. maybe in the next delivery.

  • 27 Hillary // Jun 18, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Interesting! I wrote about acai too a little while back…it’s a SUPERfruit! :)

  • 28 melissa // Jun 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I’ve also thought about getting the acai when I see it at WF. I know it has a wonderful flavor, but I didn’t know until seeing it there that it was a superfood. May have to get some.

    You know I always love the pictures of the Buddha. I really should have a small one on my desk. It makes me happy. :)

  • 29 Rosemary // Jun 19, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Great post, never heard of this but will definitely keep a look out and try it soon.

  • 30 Mari // Jun 23, 2008 at 5:19 am

    I’m absolutely positive that a side of bacon can only improve your sex life…

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