Are you in need of a little energy boost to kick start your 2017? Then hold on to your hats, as Smooth Mama’s not messing around with this buzzing little number!

  • 1 banana
  • 1 pouch of frozen acai berries
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • dash of guarana syrup
  • 1 tsp of guarana powder

 

It’s all in the guarana…

Guarana is a climbing plant from the maple family and, is native to the Amazon Basin. The seeds from the guarana fruit may be the same size as coffee beans but, they pack twice the concentration of caffeine! According to Amazonian Indian culture, guarana has been used for centuries for making ‘herbal tea’ and bread, after the seeds are ground into a fine powder and, is often taken during periods of fasting to stave off hunger. In certain regions, guarana is believed to be an aphrodisiac and, to provide protection against malaria and dysentery. Guarana was introduced to Europe in the 16th century; in the 19th century it became popular as a stimulating drink in France; in 1880 it was introduced as an official drug in the US Pharmacopoeia; and was commercialised by the late 1950’s.

In Central and South America, the stems, leaves and roots are used as a drug to kill fish :-0 but more commonly, guarana is used by Brazilian Indians as a stimulating drink and used like tea or coffee. Due to it’s caffeine content, it’s used in energy drinks and supplements, as it acts as a stimulant and has been shown to help reduce both mental and physical fatigue.

It’s available as an extract and, in a powdered or syrup form from most health food stores. Due to it’s high stimulant properties, if you have any medical condition, particularly relating to the heart or nervous system, you should seek professional advice before using a food supplement like this.

Enjoy the buzz!

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