Garden City, NY (PressExposure) October 31, 2009 -- MixStirs, home of all natural smoothies and healthy food with twenty-one locations, has introduced the aÃ§ai (ah-SIGH-ee) berry, an Amazon superfood, to its menu in all locations. Until recently, this exotic fruit could only be found in the Amazon. Now, MixStirs offers the natural power fruit to its customers with the AÃ§ai Smoothie and the AÃ§ai Bowl, a tasty dish with granola and bananas. MixStirs was one of the first to the serve the aÃ§ai berry in the New York Metro area.
âCurrently being introduced in all MixStirs markets, the New York region was well ahead of the curve when it introduced the aÃ§ai berry to health-savvy smoothie-lovers in 2007,â says Lisa Chiara of MixStirs. âThe fascinating story behind this exotic fruit goes hand-in-hand with MixStirs.â
The aÃ§ai berry is a dark purple organic berry that grows atop the palm trees that line the Amazon River in Brazil. It tastes like a blend of rich berries with a hint of chocolate. Considered one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet, this multipurpose, megabooster berry has been the buzz in Hollywood in recent years. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients, aÃ§ai boosts the immune system, repairs damaged skin cells, aids in weight loss, and provides natural energy. It has become a dietary staple for health conscious people all over the world. Considered an organic alternative to manufactured energy drinks, many elite athletes train with it and eat it right before competition for peak performance.
AÃ§ai contains fiber, essential omegas, amino acids, and 10-30 times the amount of antioxidants found in red wine and over twice the amount found in blueberries. Eating foods high in antioxidants has been shown to help slow the process associated with aging in both the body and the brain.
MixStirs offers aÃ§ai in smoothie form and also in its âAcai Bowl,â a dish with granola and bananas â popularized in Brazil. These menu additions join MixStirs already heart-healthy menu of more than 25 varieties of all-natural, preservative-free smoothies and protein shakes. Some locations have an extended menu which includes gourmet wraps and paninis, soups, salads, baked goods and coffee.
âWe want people to eat better â on the run or anytime,â said Greenberg, president of MixSmoothie LLC. âWe bring our customers the best of both worlds by combining all natural, freshly blended smoothies and really fresh, healthy food choices under one roof. We take care to make sure it is all good for you, so people can come in and feel good about the food choices they are making. It was just a natural fit to include the aÃ§ai berry in our offerings.â
MixStirsâ menu and smoothie flavors are largely driven by customer input. The smoothies are all natural with no additives or preservatives. MixStirs uses fruit from the West Coast for its sweeter qualities and freezes it before blending. By using frozen fruit and less ice, the customer receives a smoothie full of flavor and body with more real ingredients. Because the fruit comes from the West Coast, smoothies are always in season. As a meal replacement, meal enhancement or just a tasty snack, smoothies can be enjoyed all year long.
Recently named one of the areaâs fastest growing franchises and one of Entrepreneur Magazineâs top 500 franchises of 2009, MixStirs is built on the idea that there is a healthy and delicious alternative to fast food. MixStirs strives to provide its customers the most natural, wholesome and delicious food possible with quick service while giving back to the community and supporting environmental and health-related causes.
Over the past two years, more than 20 MixStirs franchises have opened in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Nevada. At least a dozen more are expected to open soon in those states and in Arizona and Washington, D.C., and franchisees are actively being sought throughout the Northeast and Southeast. Most franchisees are owner/operators, and more than half own more than one store.
For information on franchise opportunities and sample menus and nutritional information, visit http://www.mixstirs.com