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Posts from February, 2009

Tropical Acai Berry Smoothie

Feb 17

Full credit goes to Blogger CookBook on this one, this simple acai berry smoothie recipe has me yearning for hot summer days!

  • 7 ounces of orange juice
  • 1 cup soy milk or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 whole banana
  • 1 tablespoon of pure acai powder

Blend everything together until smooth, and voila, you have a great tasting smoothie with an antioxidant kick!

Acai Resource on Facebook…

Feb 13

I’ve received no shortage of correspondence about people frustrated about ordering free trials and being unexpectedly billed later on, hence the new category on the blog titled “acai berry scams”. However, the blog format isn’t ideal for open conversation, so I’ve created a Facebook group which you can join to share your experiences or warn others about certain acai berry scams.  Join here and post your thoughts today!

VitalAcai – yet another sneaky scam

Feb 11

Back on February 6 I wrote a post about AcaiAlive, a website using various tools to convince you to try their “free trial” that was an autoship program in disguise. There’s no shortage of these types of offers, but the way I stumbled across VitalAcai today takes the “misleading” score to a new level.

A website by the name of AcaiBerryMD released a press release on PRWeb stating that:

…features the latest news, facts and nutritional updates about acai berries. Contains free reports and relevant, updated information about the acai plant and the acai berry fruit to help the general public better understand the nutritional benefits of acai berries.

Okay, so I’ve never heard of the acai palm tree described as a plant, but none the less I was excited to peruse the website, it seemed I might find some wortwhile information. With a name like Acai Berry MD I haphazardly presumed I could trust the website. However, on the website I quickly find a “Try Acai berry Free! (While supplies last)” link, which links to VitalAcai. VitalAcai fits the exact mold AcaiAlive uses…right down to the limited discount on shipping and the subtle page explaining the $85.84 dollar charge that will be incurred on your credit card if you don’t cancel your trial in time.

Lesson? Even with an official looking press release and a seemingly reputable source supporting the product, what you see isn’t always what you get.

The roots of the acai berry

Feb 10

Rio de Janeiro to Amazon RainforestI was rummaging around on Facebook today looking for anyone who may have posted acai berry recipes or their thoughts on the acai berry. What I discovered was better than a recipe! There was a discussion about how people “take” there acai – in supplement form was a typical response. However, one individual posted that since moving to Brazil, she had adopted the “way of the locals” and ate the acai berry with banana and granola in an acai bowl. That was at least one step closer towards a real acai berry experience in comparison with taking supplements in capsule form.

A follow up was then posted by a Brazilian stating that the acai berry was originally mixed with tapioca and used as a drink to go along with any meal. She proceeded to state the “acai bowls” with strawberries, granola and banana is a creation of Southern Brazil, specifically Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. It would seem Northern Brazil and Southern Brazil have different ways of incorporating the acai berry into their diets. Considering the Amazon is where the acai berry grows, I would have to lean towards the Northern Brazilian method as the “original” acai berry recipe. Southern Brazil receives a majority of the tourist attention, so I don’t think it’s any surprise that the Southern Brazilian way of eating the acai berry is what has been adopted more commonly across North America. Just don’t forget that Rio de Janeiro, according to Google Maps, is over 1900km away from the southern tip of the Amazon Rainforest. That’s like asking people in Denver, Colorado what the latest clothing trend is in San Francisco.

Belvedere IX, new acai vodka to be released!

Feb 07

Belvedere IX acai berry vodkaLaunched yesterday in a Los Angeles club, Belvedere IX Vodka is scheduled to be available in stores this spring. This vodka includes nine ingredients, including the acai berry. These also include ginseng, guarana, ginger, sweet almond, jasmine, eucalyptus, three cinnamon, and black cherry – next thing you know there will be a category for “health liquor” or “functional acohol”. Each ingredient is distilled separately and then blended with 100 proof Belvedere Vodka and artesian water.

Of course, as a world renown vodka brand you have to release a new product with a bang. For starters, they tasked a graffiti artist by the name of Andre Saraiva with the task of designing the label, which you see here. Then the vodka was released exclusively at My House in LA yesterday and will be available at more nightclubs this weekend. Not too many details floating around on how much acai berry is contained or what the process is – I’m sure more information will be available when Belvedere IX hits stores in the spring.