free shipping on orders $75+! Join our mailing list for 10% OFF YOUR 1st PURCHASE.

free shipping on orders $75+! Join our mailing list for 10% OFF YOUR 1st PURCHASE.

World Tour: Spotlight on Brazil’s Superfruits

July 27, 2018

We absolutely love açaí bowls at Just Add Water™! Our founder, Chef Serena Poon, often reminds people to eat the rainbow, and this Brazilian superfruit makes it so easy! The blue-purple açaí topped with red strawberries, green kiwis, and delicious blueberries visually whets your appetite! The best part? Açaí is a Brazilian superfruit that’s rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and trace minerals like zinc, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Studies show that one of the antioxidants, anthocyanins, actually boosts brain function by protecting the brain from damage due to natural oxidation and inflammation. It helps form new pathways to enhance communication between brain cells by cleaning up old, toxic cells.

While açaí is super popular here in the states, there are other delicious Brazilian superfruits loaded with nutritious properties like antioxidants, prebiotics, and vitamins that you have to try! Below are a few of our favorites.

 

Maracuja

Maracuja, or passion fruit, is considered a pure miracle not only for its tart and sweet taste, but also for its multiple medicinal properties. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, iron, potassium and carotene, maracuja has been used to help strengthen immunity, to improve circulation, to act as a natural mood enhancer, and to help support digestion. One maracuja actually contains 98% of the recommended daily fiber intake, and it’s also a prebiotic that helps keep your gut microbiome happy. Fresh passion fruit is delicious by itself, mixed with sparkling water, or as a salad topper!

 

Pitanga

Called “nature’s most generous fruit,” the sweet and sharp-flavored pitanga is commonly used in jams, jellies, and fruit juice in Brazil. It’s loaded with vitamin A, B2 and C, magnesium, riboflavin, iron, and niacin. Brazilians eat pitanga for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as a stomach relief for gastrointestinal problems.

 

Cupuaçu

Brazilians consider cupuaçu their national fruit for a great reason! Cupuaçu is a cacao-like fruit with a pulp that tastes like a mix of chocolate and pineapple. It’s nature’s version of chocolate covered pineapples! Cupuaçu is rich in phytonutrients, polyphenols, vitamins A, C, B1, B2 and B3, amino acids, antioxidants, calcium, selenium, and flavonoids, giving it tons of nutritional and medicinal properties. It is used to help stimulate the immune system, to naturally energize the body without caffeine with its fast-acting nutrients, to lower cholesterol levels, and to help improve both brain and gastrointestinal problems.

 

With such an abundance of scrumptious, mouth-watering superfruits in Brazil, we’re planning our next vacation there already!! Who wants to join us?

XO






Also in Wellness & Nutrition

Eat Healthier & Easier with Spiralized Veggies
Eat Healthier & Easier with Spiralized Veggies

October 11, 2018

One of our favorite ways to incorporate more vegetables into our diets is by spiralizing them! Vegetables can get a little tiresome to chop, especially when you’re short on time and we’re all about simplifying self-care with food at Just Add Water™!  Bonus, you can easily recreate your favorite noodle recipe like spaghetti and meatballs or Vietnamese bún chay (noodle salad) by replacing noodles with spiralized zucchini or carrots.

View full article →

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

September 13, 2018

Pumpkin is one of our favorite gourds! Not only does it remind us that Fall and Halloween are just around the corner, but it’s also a nutrient-dense food that’s rich in vitamins, fibers, antioxidants, and minerals.

View full article →

The Benefits of Digestive Enzymes
The Benefits of Digestive Enzymes

September 07, 2018

You’ve probably heard that enzymes were good for you and want to incorporate them into your wellness routine. After all, enzymes are in skin care products, sold as digestive supplements, and found in our favorite fruits. But what exactly are enzymes and what do they do?

View full article →

Welcome To Wellness!

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive 10% OFF your first order!