Healthy Eats with Organique Acai #OrganiqueRecipes

Believe it or not, I’m obsessed with health. I’m a patron of Web MD, and my close friends would always tease me about my hypochondria, and how I manage to learn about super rare diseases—those that affect only 1 in a million—and insist that I might have them. I often wish this obsession translates into actual practice, but my love for booze and unhealthy food always gets the better of me. This fixation springs out of three things: the fact that I’m a heavy drinker and harming my liver; that I’m getting old; and that I should be a more disciplined dancer. However, instead of eating salads and jogging, you will—99% of the time—see me bonding with a bottle of pilsner.

If you read this blog regularly, you will remember my fascination with detoxifying. I still am a believer, and I still try my best to ingest detox drinks every once in a while. I believe that somehow, doing this balances my alcohol intake, even if it doesn’t fully cleanse me. That’s why when I received an invitation to check out Organique Acai Premium Blend, I quickly hopped over to where the party was.

The acai (pronounced ah-sah-ee) berry is a superfood—a purplish wild berry harvested in the jungles of Amazon. Known for its antioxidant properties, this fruit has become increasingly popular among the health conscious populace, owing mainly to the miscellany of benefits it provides in terms of health, beauty, and wellness. Organique Acai Premium Blend, a USDA-certified company established in 2009, makes these miracle berries more accessible to us by bottling them and distributing them in our local stores.

A thick, purplish-brown liquid pours from each bottle of the Organique Acai Premium Blend—a delicious health drink with a chocolatey and acidic taste. It is recommended that you drink one to two shots of this before breakfast—and this is what I have been doing for the last couple of days. In fairness, I observed a slight change in my moods—I don’t feel groggy in the morning, and this feeling lasts the entire day. It reminds me of the light, alert feeling I get whenever I take my favorite detox drink.

Last week, Epicurious in Shangrila Mall stood witness to a spectacular cooking showcase featuring Organique Acai. We got to meet the people behind Organique Acai this drink over lunch they introduced us to the benefits of acai, like better skin, improved digestion, enhanced muscle regeneration, and increased stamina, to name a few. They also gave us a sneak peek into the rigorous, stringent creation process. The lunch menu was composed of dishes incorporating the acai juice—especially formulated by no less than Chef Sau del Rosario. Chef Michel of Blackboard demonstrated how each dish was prepared.

The first dish was a pan-seared salmon on a bed of asparagus, topped with alfalfa sprouts, and paired with a gelee made of Organique Acai. The acai berry juice was gelatinized, providing a sweetish and slightly tart flavor to the salmon dish. It was a nice, interesting starter.

Then came the salad—one made of shredded, roasted organic chicken, cherry tomatoes, baby arugula, and orange slices, then finished with an Organique Acai vinaigrette. The dressing was summery and very refreshing—this is something I would want to replicate at home!

For the entrée, Chef Michel prepared for us the beef tenderloin spaghetti topped with Organique Acai berry juice ragout. I’ve never eaten a pasta dish with a sauce like this before, and I loved it! The dish was hearty and delicious yet light and not overwhelming.

A cheesecake is the first thing that came to my mind when I think of desserts with berries, but we were all surprised to find instead a poached apple with Acai berry juice and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The apple was addictive and exquisite, the acai juice a perfect complement.

As an idea for busting the summer heat, Chef Michel also whipped up an Organique Acai smoothie with a banana base—I loved the combination of sweetness and tartness, punctuated by the subtle flavor of chocolate.

This lunch session was as educational as it was delicious as we discovered not only the benefits of the Organique Acai drink itself but also the ways we can incorporate it into our food. For those seeking to make a difference with their lives by changing their lifestyles and habits, one shot a day of the Organique Acai is one good way to start.

For us experts in the kitchen (LOL), here's the recipe of the Roasted Organic Chicken Salad with Organique Acai Juice Vinaigrette. Click on the image to download.

Organique Acai Premium Blend is only drink with the highest concentration of acai in the Philippines. Each 946-ml bottle sells at PhP2,500 each at all Robinson's Supermarket, Watsons, Mercury Drug, South Star Drug, and Pure Pharmacy stores nationwide. You can also purchase online via Lazada Philippines (free delivery).

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Have you tried the Organique Acai? What were its noticeable effects on your body? Is one bottle worth its price? Leave a comment below!

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