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Açai Berries

Açai (ah-sigh-EE) berries are small fruits that grow in clusters like grapes and have a center pit.  They have a very short shelf life, so are usually found as powders, frozen fruit puree, or pressed juice. Açai is often used in smoothies or in an açai berry bowl. It has an earthy taste with a cross between blackberry or raspberry and chocolate.

Why are açai berries a superfood?

  • Açai berries contain antioxidants, specifically anthocyanins and polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that have been linked to preventing or delaying some types of cell damage. 
  • Anthocyanins have been linked to some potential health benefits, including decreased inflammation, reduced symptoms of arthritis, and protection against certain cancers.
  • Polyphenols, fiber, and heart-healthy fat in açai berries have been linked to possibly helping support heart health.

Açai berries and kidney disease

Açai berries are acceptable foods for chronic kidney disease (CKD), as well as for patients on dialysis. However, açai smoothies and bowls are usually prepared with fresh fruits and vegetables. Depending on the diet as a whole and potassium levels in the blood, one may need to be cautious about the potassium content of those foods.  Discuss these considerations with a kidney dietitian.

Transplant

Raw açai juice has not been tested well enough to determine any possible interactions with transplant medications. Check with your transplant team for guidance.

Kidney Stones

There are no reports linking the severity of or recovery from kidney stones in people who eat açai.

Nutritional Facts

 

Acai Berry Powder
3 gm teaspoon

Acai Berry Frozen Packs
100 gm (1 pack)

Calories 20 70
Potassium 60 mg 121 mg
Calcium 30 mg 23 mg
Fiber 1 gm 3 gm
Fat 1.5 gm 3gm
Protein 0 mg 1 gm
Calcium 20 mg 6mg

 

Açai Berry Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 packet frozen açai (100 grams), unsweetened
  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries, unsweetened
  • 3/4 cup plain 2% low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup rice milk, unsweetened, original, classic
  • 2 tablespoons raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons blueberries
  • 1/4 fresh pear

Preparation

  1. Remove frozen açai puree from the packaging and break up into pieces.
  2. Place acai pieces, mixed frozen berries, Greek yogurt, chia seeds and rice milk in a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth. Consistency should be thick enough to eat with a spoon.
  4. Pour blended mixture evenly into two bowls.
  5. Top with raspberries, blueberries and chopped pear.

Helpful hints

  • Make the açai bowl your own by adding your favorite toppings such as chopped pineapple, unsweetened coconut flakes, cacao nibs or granola cereal.
  • Use fresh or frozen raspberries and blueberries for topping.
  • This recipe may be tart. For sweetness you can add honey, stevia, or your favorite sweetener.
  • Low phosphorus, low potassium milk alternatives such as almond or soy milk can be used in substitution for rice milk.

Nutrients per serving (serving size = 1 cup)

Calories: 192
Protein: 11 g
Carbohydrates: 28 g
Fat: 4 g
Sodium: 82 mg
Potassium: 349 mg
Phosphorus: 140 mg
Calcium: 298 mg
Fiber: 7.2 g

https://www.davita.com/diet-nutrition/recipes/breakfast-brunch/acai-berry-smoothie-bowl

This content is provided for informational use only and is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for the medical advice of a healthcare professional.



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