Acai Journey – Video Sneak Peek!

Samabzon acai grows on 40-foot tall palm trees in the Amazon Rainforest copy

It was nearly 15 years ago since we first started bringing acai from the heart of the Brazilian Amazon to the World.  Our latest video traces the journey acai takes from atop 40’ palms in the Rainforest to the palm of your hand by way of our organic fresh juices and frozen goods. The 6 chapters of the video will be revealed this month on Instagram or you can watch the whole thing right now!

Follow acai from the source, along the banks of the Brazilian Amazon River where this potent purple berry has been wild-harvested for centuries by local family farmers.  See how it is loaded into hand woven baskets and then hitches a ride down the river to Sambazons state of the art facility where it is washed, puréed and frozen – all within hours of being picked, ensuring the freshest acai on the planet.

Acai is packed with powerful anitoxidants and healthy omegas

From there it is crafted into the highest quality, most delicious acai products around. That’s good, fresh news for all the acai addicts out there.

I'm just here for the Sambazon acai

Bonus mind-expansion: Learn how to make an acai bowl with this infographic!

Sambazon Takeover – ColorfulFoodie

Sambazon Takeover - colorfulfoodie

This is Ana from @ColorfulFoodie and I am so excited to takeover the Sambazon Instagram account for the next few days! I am Brazilian and grew up on acai so it is only natural to use Sambazon in my beautiful, nutritious and delicious creations.

Ana from colorfulfoodie

As a healthcare professional I am an advocate of counting colors, not calories. I choose not to restrict myself, but rather love all foods in moderation.

My passion for cooking came from the best cook I know: my grandmother. And my creative intuition (to make everything look beautiful) comes from my mother who was a professional porcelain and oil on canvas artist! But I did not even start cooking until about 2 years ago when I got married and my husband inspired me to elevate everyday dishes to the current Colorful Foodie status.

The beautiful Ana from Instagram's colorfulfoodie

 

I even call myself a recipe “skinnyfier” because I keep my dishes healthy, colorful, fun and magically inviting.

Be sure to visit me on Instagram when you’re craving something colorful. XOXO

National Farmer’s Market Week: August 4-10th

 

Everyone’s first farmer’s market experience is a little bit the same. You arrive early one Sunday morning, not expecting much more than an offering of cactus jellys and food trucks. And are soon in awe over the abundant selection of seasonal fresh produce and small business venders lining the courtyard.

Two hours later, you’re on your way home with a huge stash of organic, locally grown and harvested fresh produce already excited for next week’s unknown bounty.

The week of August 4-10th is National Farmer’s Market week! Celebrate with us and shop at your local farmer’s market to test out some new produce in exciting recipes.

Here are a few of recipes we created from our recent adventure to the Farmer’s Market: click below for the recipes!

Green’s Smoothie

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Frozen Açaí Cream Pie

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Tart Cherry Bowl

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Peaches n’ Blue Smoothie

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Here today…gone to the farmer’s market!

 

Sambazon Summer Instagram Contest

Sambazon Summer Instagram Contest

Summer is a time for road trips, BBQs, surfing, campfires and getting your Tribe together. To celebrate the last month of summer, each week in August one lucky person* will win:

Entering is easy. All you have to do is repost our “Sambazon Summer” Instagram posts each week using #SambazonSummer and follow @sambazon. Don’t forget to make your profile public so we can see your repost.

We’ll announce the winner on Instagram and Twitter every Monday, so make sure to follow us. Boa sorte!

 

*Open to residents of the lower 48 United States who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry. Residents of Hawaii and Alaska and are excluded due to shipping considerations.

Sambazon Acai Purple Love Kit

Sambazon Acai Purple Love KitThe Sambazon Acai Purple Love Kit is essential for the acai enthusiast. You’ll get:

  • A sustainably harvested acacia wood Sambazon bowl and spoon. It is the ultimate acai bowl vessel that keeps your hands warm while your acai stays frosty.
  • An etched, reclaimed glass perfect for cold Sambazon Freshies and fresh blended smoothies.
  • A Sambazon Kitchen recipe book filled with recipes, tips and general mind-expanding knowledge for you.
  • An acai seed bracelet, hand-made in Brazil.

We are randomly hooking people up with these every Tuesday! Be sure to tag your pictures #sambazon so we can see what you’re posting.

World Bowl Winners!

Congratulations to Gina from GranolaBitch, our 2014 WORLD BOWL recipe contest winner!

World Bowl 2014 Winner!

She is getting a year supply of Sambazon and a new Olympus camera!!

Sambazon World Cup Prizes

Congrats to all the other winners as well! They are some seriously amazing people who created artful and inspiring acai bowl recipes. Read a little more about each of them below.

The World Bowl Finalists  |  Sambazon

The Greece inspired acai bowl recipe was created by Sophia from Veggies Don’t Bite. Her passion is living a vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free life 90% of the time because “you don’t have to be perfect to make healthy choices.”

Greece-inspired Acai Bowl

The USA Melting Pot Acai was created by Jecka from Bright Greys. Her passions are graphic design, style & beauty, DIY and food!

USA Melting Pot Acai Bowl

The From Russia With Love acai bowl was created by Ksenia from Breakfast Criminals, whose passion is recipes of superfood breakfasts, clean living, positive vibes, and heart bowls.

From Russia With Love Acai Bowl

Heather made this super creative Algerian Flag Açaí Bowl with pistachios and cherries!

Algerian Flag Acai Bowl with pistachios and cherries

The Brazil Nut Butter Acai Bowl was created by Kathy from The Lunchbox Bunch, whose passion is healthy happy living, sunshine, farmer’s markets, travel, smoothies and all things cozy, lovely and inspiring.

Brazil Nut Butter Acai Bowl

They are each receiving a Purple Love kit that includes an etched glass, wood bowl + spoon, acai seed bracelet, and a Sambazon Kitchen recipe book.

I cannot fully express my gratitude to everyone who participated. Have a beautiful day!

Tips for Awesome Food Photography

Tips for Awesome Food Photography | Sambazon

When shooting pictures for your acai bowl recipes to be entered into the World Bowl Recipe + Photo Contest this June-July 2014, here are some of our favorite helpful tips for food photography.

#1 LOOKS MATTER

Tips for Awesome Food Photography #1: Looks matter

Make sure you choose the best looking food to feature in your photographs.  If you’re getting into it like a food stylist, you will want to go through a whole box of berries to find the perfect specimen or examine each peach in the bin to find the perfect peachy-ness. Sometimes the choice is not as obvious as the oranges above, so inspect each option closely.

#2 LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING

Tips for Awesome Food Photography #2: Lighting is everything | Sambazon

Using the right lighting in your shot is important to show texture and make the food look as mouth-watering as possible. We usually opt for indirect natural light, which can be found during the “Golden Hour”  – the hour after sunrise and before sunset when the light has a rich, golden color that brings out vivid colors when photographed.  When shooting with natural light, make sure you are prepped and ready to snap your shot because the light can quickly change as the sun moves.

#3 ACCESSORIZE

Tips for Awesome Food Photography #3 Accessorize | Sambazon

Props like bowls, spoons and raw ingredients add interesting colors and textures to your shots. Use simple dish-ware without patterns to avoid competing with the food for center stage.

#4 MIST-IFY

Tips for Awesome Food Photography #4 Mist-ify | Sambazon

To make fruits and vegetables glisten, brush them with a bit of olive oil, or mist them with water. It will make them seem freshly picked from a dew-covered tree. Hashtag morning dew.

#5 HAVE A BITE THEN RESHOOT

Tips for Awesome Food Photography #5 Take a bite | Sambazon

Once you have the shot that you want, enjoy a bite then take another shot.  When a shot is too perfect it can look overly composed and artificial. Plus, when you’re shooting acai bowls it lets a peek of purple show through!

#6 WORK THE ANGLES

Tips for Awesome Food Photography #6 Work the Angles | Sambazon

Move down to plate level or just above it to get a different angle.  Getting low can bring out different features of the shot you may not appreciate from the normal position, as well as variations in texture and color.  Use your lens and move the camera to get closer to the food.  Try moving around the dish to get different angles.

Getting really close to your subject matter highlight the ingredients and focuses attention exclusively on the food.

#7 APP TIME

Tips for Awesome Food Photography #7 App Time | Sambazon

If you are taking photos with a smart phone, apps can help improve the quality of your picture. We like Camera+, Snapseed, VSCO and even Instagram’s new Creative Tools make it super easy to edit + post all in one place.

#8 BOKEH

Tips for Awesome Food Photography #8 Bokeh | Sambazon

Bokeh (pronounced BOH-kay) is the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph. This can be used to highlight specific ingredients like the cacao nibs in the photograph above.  If you have access to a camera with a fast lens, such as f2.8 or wider, you can create bokeh. In order to get the lens wide open, use the Aperture Priority or Manual-shooting mode. Manual gives you the ability to choose both your aperture and shutter speed, whereas Aperture Priority will allow you to choose the f/stop while the camera chooses the appropriate shutter speed for the exposure.

If you don’t own a fast prime lens you can increase the chances of bokeh by increasing the distance between your subject and the background, and decreasing the distance between your camera and the food you are shooting.

The Sambazon World Bowl Recipe + Photo Contest

Well there you have it! Some of our favorite tips when we’re shooting tasty acai bowls for as long as we can bear to wait before devouring them. We can’t wait to drool over your photo entries for the World Bowl Recipe + Photo Contest.

Learn more about the World Bowl Recipe + Photo Contest and get some inspiration from recent entries.

Pure Unsweetened Smoothie Packs now at Costco!

Sambazon Pure Unsweetened Smoothie Packs are now available in a 10-pack at Costco locations in California and Nevada!

Find it in the following cities: Anioch, Carson City, Chico, Citrus Heights, Clovis, Concord, DAnville, Eureka, Fairfield, Folsom, Foster City, Fremont, Fresno, Gilroy, Hayward, Livermore, Lodi, Manteca, Merced, Modesto, Mountain View, North Fresno, Novato, Rancho Cordova, Redding, Redwood City, Reno, Richmond, Rohnert Park, Roseville, San Francisco, Sacramento, Salinas, San Jose, San Leandro, Sand City, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Sparks, Stockton, Sunnyvale, Tracy, Turlock, Vacaville, Vallejo, Visalia, and Woodland.

Sambazon Pure Unsweetened Smoothie Packs

The Sambazon World Bowl Q&A

The world’s most exciting soccer tournament and our Sambazon World Bowl Recipe Competition are off to a great start! We hope these help answer any questions you may have had after reading more about the Sambazon World Bowl Recipe Competition.

The Sambazon World Bowl Recipe + Photo Contest

Q.             Can I submit multiple entries to the contest?

A.             You may only make one submission to the contest.

 

Q.             Will you be testing each recipe?

A.             We would love to try each recipe, and eventually probably will, but the contest will be judged without tasting each entry.  We will go by the photograph and the recipe that you submit. We have chefs on the task!

 

Q.             Can I use the camera on my phone to take the picture for my submission?

A.             It is possible to take great photographs with a phone, and if that’s all you have then don’t let that hold you back, but if possible get your hands on a dedicated camera and use that to photograph your creation.

 

Q.             If I win, how will I store all of that acai?

A.             We will send the acai separated into periodic shipments for ease of storage.  If you do not want the acai we are happy to donate it to a food bank of your choice located within the lower 48 states.

 

Q.             I am not on Facebook, is there any other way I can enter the contest?

A.             Yes, you can enter by tagging your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #SambazonRecipe. Include your recipe in the caption along with the hashtag.

 

Q.             How will you let me know if I win?

A.             If you win we will do our best to contact you using the information you provide on the entry form.  If you enter via Instagram we will contact you through that channel.  If we cannot get in touch with you, after 60 days we will award the prize to the contestant with the next highest number of votes, so heads up!

 

Let us know if we missed any of your questions in the comments below.