Brazil is a land famous for beaches, bikinis and bombshells like Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Izabel Goulart. It is also home to some seriously nutritious produce. So, with all eyes on Brazil at the moment, we decided to take a look at four of these foods. We can’t promise they’ll give you the body of a supermodel. But we do know your body will love you for eating them!
Brazil’s most famous export since Gisele Bundchen has to be the Açai berry. Loved by health nuts all over the world, they’re a rich source of antioxidants, amino acids and fatty acids and surefire way to boost your inner and outer health.
Try it: whip up an Açai and raw cacao smoothie for a chocolate treat. Stir some dried Açai powder through your morning yoghurt. Or make bliss balls by combining one cup of dates, one cup of nuts and seeds, one tablespoon of Açai powder and one tablespoon of melted coconut oil in a food processor. Blitz until it resembles a dough, roll into balls and pop them in the fridge. A great nutrient-dense morning or afternoon snack.
Packed with selenium, omega-6 fatty acids and vitamin E, Brazil nuts are a powerful source of plant-based nutrition. In fact, just one Brazil nut delivers your entire recommended daily intake of selenium. They’re great for boosting your immunity, metabolic functioning and thyroid health.
Try it: snack on raw Brazil nuts, add chopped Brazil nuts to your morning bowl of oats or make a trail mix of Brazil nuts, cacao nibs, goji berries and shredded coconut.
Bursting with the fruit enzyme papain, papaya is a great for helping digestive function and reducing inflammation in the body. It is also loaded with vitamin C, which boosts immunity and helps skin glow.
Try it: add slices of papaya to your fresh salads or smoothies. Squeeze a little fresh lime juice on fresh payaya and top with crushed pistachios for a healthy, fuss-free dessert. Or, for a soothing face mask, try mixing mashed fresh papaya with a little raw honey.
According to Adriana Lima a real Brazilian beauty secret is enjoying one fresh coconut each day. Loaded with potassium and electrolytes, coconut water has incredible rehydration properties.
Try it: use fresh coconut water as the base for your smoothies instead of milk. Combine it with green superfoods for the ultimate post-workout drink. Or enjoy fresh coconut water kefir for added probiotic benefits.