We caught up with Laura Arnold from @lauraarnoldeats & @amazoniaeu to learn more about Amazonia Açaí
Laura, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Of course! I'm a Dublin-born, self-confessed 'foodie' with a love of travelling and discovering everything delicious along the way. I moved back from Sydney about six months ago, where I lived for five years working in the food, events and hospitality industry and generally enjoying the Aussie lifestyle. It was in Sydney that I discovered my love of fitness, health and wellbeing, which has been a passion of mine ever since.
How did you get into the açaí game?
I first discovered açaí (pronounced Ah-sigh-eee!) in its home of Brazil when I travelled through South America back in 2011. In Brazil it's traditionally served for breakfast with loads of fresh fruit, so it became a delicious, low cost breakfast staple while we were there. It was only when I moved to Sydney that I learned about açaí's health benefits, so I began incorporating it into my diet. When I moved back to Ireland, açaí was one thing that I missed (apart from the Tim Tams, beaches and the sunshine..), and I couldn't get my hands on it here. I linked up with Amazonia, an Australian company who are the number one brand of organic, sustainably sourced açaí in Australia, and decided to try and introduce it to Ireland!
Why should people include açaí as part of their diet?
Firstly, because it's delicious! Unlike a lot of 'superfoods' (I've choked down a lot of spirulina in my time), açaí is a genuinely tasty addition to any diet. Secondly, the açaí berry is a serious nutritional powerhouse, with 2-3 times the antioxidant concentration of blueberries, omegas 3,6 & 9 and over 50 essential nutrients that are unique to the Amazon soil. The deep purple colour of Amazonia's organic açaí comes from its high levels of anthocyanins, which indicates antioxidant capacity and is associated with the ability to lower cholesterol. The deeper the purple colour the better!
Where can people get their hands on Amazonia Acai?
Amazonia's Açaí Superfood frozen packs are created from premium organic açaí berries grown wild in the Amazon rainforest. They are hand harvested and frozen immediately for unmatched nutritional value. Our frozen smoothie packs are available to buy online at amazonia.organic, and we now offer home deliveries right across Ireland! You can also get your hands on delicious Amazonia Açaí bowls and smoothies at Borlottie in IFSC and Baggot Street, Póg Cafe in town, and shortly at lots more cafes across Dublin.
What should we expect at Yoga Sound System?
At Yoga Sound System, I will be sampling our favourite Amazonia Açaí bowls, made with organic frozen Açaí energy, frozen banana and served with crunchy granola and fresh fruit, which are the perfect cool down after a sweaty session!