Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Navratri 2018 - Day 8 - Sky Blue

As the name suggests Sky Blue color comes from the color of the mighty sky. Just like the name it is associated with stability and heaven. Blue is also considered beneficial to the mind and body as it is believed to bring a calming effect.

When it comes to natural blue foods they are the rarest of kind. The most commonly found natural blue foodsare blueberries, red cabbage, blue cheese and jamun. Since none of these have a natural sky blue color I came up with a preparation which has a bit of blue in it. Day 1 of Navratri was associated with Royal Blue color on which I made blueberry oats smoothie. I already used the most commonly found blue food and didn’t want to use it again. However, there’s another blue colored berry that has over the last few years gained the title of being a superfood - the Acai berries. Packed with antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals makes acai berries a near perfect energizing fruit.No wonder acai smoothies and acai bowls are considered a wholesome and yummy breakfast.

Since acai berries are grown primarily in Central and South America and are highly perishable, fresh berries are not readily available in North America. But these are available in frozen pulped packets at only specific stores in Canada and are perfect for creating your own smoothies at home.

This is how I made my Chia Acai Smoothie:


Ingredients:
•    1 Frozen acai smoothie pack fromSambazon
•    Fresh blueberries, blackberries and figs
•    1 Banana
•    1 tbsp. Chia seeds
•    1 cup almond milk
Preparation:
1. Soak chia seeds overnight in almond milk. (This step is optional) Chia seeds can be consumed raw and added to the smoothie as topping.


2. To prepare the acai purée, in a blender, add banana, acai pulp, blueberries, blackberries and a splash of milk.
3. Blend until all ingredients have come together.
4. Add the blended puree to the overnight soaked chia seeds and top with your choice of fruits and nuts.


5. Enjoy as a bowl. If you prefer as a smoothie glass, add more than just a splash of milk to get the smoothie consistency.


And now my sky blue outfit.


-SOnali
 For So-Saree Canada

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