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Interview with Sarah De Bie

Hello Sarah, first of all thank you very much for taking the time to see us.

Not easy to plan this with a newborn son.
How are you and Georges?

All right now, thank you! I have not been able to do any sport for a year, mainly because my blood levels were so low after the pregnancy (Sarah had to have 6 blood transfusions in total but is now fully recovered). I recently started running again and that makes me really happy! During pregnancy, that was one of the things I was most looking forward to getting back to. I am also lucky that Georges started sleeping through very quickly so my nights are good too. We are really lucky! He is a happy baby and after 5 weeks he could already roll from stomach to back. He is such a mature baby and it is great fun to follow all the developments so closely.

It is often the case, especially with the first child, that the parents’ lives change completely. For example, you often accompanied Wout. This is no longer possible. What do you miss most about that period?

It is actually mainly because of Corona that I cannot go along with Wout, more than because of Georges. Because when Georges was just two months old, I travelled with Wout to Italy and that actually went very well. I am lucky that my Ltd. (Sarah does the marketing and publicity for Wout) allowed me to come along and I was really happy about that. Especially for Wout, so that he doesn’t have to miss out on everything from Georges’ first months of life.

When you have a child, personal projects are often put on hold. What were you doing before you became a mother?

Just before I became pregnant, I had enrolled in a graphic design course. Because the course was based on self-study, I could follow it from a distance when I came along with Wout. First because of the pregnancy and then because of Georges, I have not yet been able to start the course, but as soon as I can, I will start it! I really want to do this course because I often have ideas for our clothing line (Sarah and Wout have started a clothing line called “Panache” for the supporters of Wout), but because I can’t design myself, I always have to outsource them. I would really like to design something myself and be creative.

Can you tell us more about that clothing line?

It is not a clothing line for athletes, but for supporters (laughs). We wanted to do more with this line than the typical supporter clothes, which are often not that nice (laughs), so we really put the effort into developing a nice logo and working with nice colours so that the clothes are also really nice. We wanted to give it a different dimension and play into certain courses which are then ‘limited edition’ etc. I used to do everything myself from labelling and packing, but because the line has grown so fast, we have had to outsource this. So it started as an extra, but has grown into much more than that.

Besides Georges and Wout, sport is also a great love of yours, combined with healthy eating. What is your favourite sport and cuisine?

My favourite sport is basketball. I played basketball for a long time, but I stopped because the combination with Wout’s schedule became too difficult. I do miss it sometimes, especially because it is a team sport, but fortunately I enjoy many other sports. I currently do Pilates and also cycle regularly, sometimes together with Wout. He cycles with a bike that has a certain resistance so that we have a bit of the same pace. Otherwise, this would be impossible for me to do (laughs). Our favourite cuisine is Italian. Especially the purity of Italian cuisine appeals to us enormously.

When Wout is at home, do you cook for him?

Yes, most of the time. The focus then is on healthy cuisine, which is of course to be expected for a top athlete. I never follow a recipe and always start experimenting, fortunately usually with a good result because I have never heard Wout complain (laughs).

We are delighted that our Açai berries regularly appear on your menu. For us, that really is a dream come true because, as a healthy food brand, we love nothing more than to have professional athletes put our berries on their menu. After all, they know their bodies like no other and can feel the effect of nutrition on their performance. How do you like to eat Açai?

We prefer to eat Açai as pure as possible. I usually use the Açai berries that I mix with fresh banana, a little milk and that’s it. For me, I sometimes add a scoop of protein powder to the mix, but this is not necessary for Wout because he builds muscle too quickly and needs to limit his protein intake. Wout prefers to eat an Açai bowl during the day because he likes to eat warm in the morning. What we will certainly try again is to add the Açai berries to warm oatmeal in order to make the perfect breakfast for Wout.

On the other hand, I find the Açai bowl mixes (150g bags of Açai with other fruit) very convenient when I am alone with Georges and have little time to prepare something or get food in the house. I just have to mix a sachet like that with some milk or yoghurt and it’s ready. Super convenient! I also ate a lot of Açai during my pregnancy and I have a famously good son, so I recommend it to my pregnant friends (laughs).

Dear Sarah, thank you very much for this very nice interview. I wish you much success with your projects, your beautiful son and of course also for Wout. May he win many more races. Hopefully our super berries can give him an extra push now and then 🙂

Are you also a big fan of Wout and do you want to show it off? Go to the webshop of Panache https://panachebywva.be and fill your basket with lots of cool but especially beautiful clothing for men, women and kids!

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Creative with Açai

There are few things more blissful to start the day with than a delicious Açai bowl! This fresh blend of frozen Açai pulp with other fruits is a more nutritious alternative to the familiar “yogurt with fruit” breakfast. An Açai bowl makes everyone (yes, even the little ones!) jump out of bed with joy. But an Açai bowl can also be eaten perfectly as a light lunch, hunger-quenching snack or healthy dessert! As you can tell, any time of day is a good time to get your dose of Açai power! But did you know that Açai berries can be used perfectly in a lot of other sweet and salty dishes? Well, for the ignorant this blog. Read and be (surprised) by some wonderful Açai creations !

Good taste is the enemy of creativity

If Pablo Picasso is to be believed, we shouldn’t even start. Because, as healthy as Açai may be, “healthy suffering” is really not for us. We go for delicious and healthy (and preferably also sustainable). Being creative for the sake of being creative is not what this blog is about, it is about demonstrating that Açai, like any other berry for that matter, can be used in a lot of great dishes. You might think that because the berries are only available frozen, the preparation options are more limited but that is anything but true! We, but especially the creative people behind the dishes in this blog, have not been discouraged and with these sublime recipes, we give Picasso a lashing! Let’s create, people!

Top Açai combo’s

When you look at the composition and nutritional profile of Açai, you quickly notice that this is no ordinary berry. It starts with the enormous kernel that is hidden in this berry, more than 90% of the volume of Açai consists of the kernel! So you can already think of how many thousands of berries are in a 100g bag of Açai pulp and how it is that our Açai pulp is so enormously nutritious. Take this together with the fact that Açai contains no fruit sugars and is very rich in omega fatty acids, and the link with olives, cocoa, avocado, and other healthy toppers is quickly made. The special taste of Açai matches very well with many obvious but also less obvious ingredients.

In this blog, we are mainly concerned with that second category and want to inspire you with some fun combinations. For example, did you know that Açai berries go tremendously well with all kinds of nut butters? Also speculoos spices (or speculoos paste), cinnamon, and even ginger click “tastebud wise” tremendously well with Açai! And for those who really want to go all out, try pairing an Açai dish with a good glass of red wine. You’re going to be amazed by how deliciously these two sources of pleasure go together. This is mainly due to the polyphenols that both Açai and wine are enormously rich in.

Naturals in their professions

Under the motto “cobbler stick to your last” we will stick to some nice tips and leave the real work to some naturals in their professions. Creative minds who don’t shy away from creating unorthodox flavor combinations and elevating them to heavenly dishes. We would like to briefly introduce these naturals. You can find their recipes on our recipe page.

Açai Iced Tea

“Sunshine in a glass”; that’s how we describe this wonderfully refreshing yet über healthy drink. The ever-enthusiastic natural, Olivia of Fitfoodness, creatively combines the flavor of green tea with that of our Açai berries. Boil water and add the honey and teabag. By the way, did you know that both ingredients are particularly high in antioxidants and honey is a great source of anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Find the recipe here.

Açaicrumble

Apple crumble, pear crumble, rhubarb crumble (and a scoop of ice cream, please :)) … but how about Açai crumble! Sounds like heaven to us! The ravishing chef, Morgane of Humbly by Morgane, thought the same way and developed this healthy dessert without refined sugars but full of flavor!

You can discover this sublime recipe here!

Stuffed sweet potato with velvety Açai dressing and fresh herbs

Here is another proof that our Açai berries can be perfectly incorporated into savory dishes. The combination of sweet potato, Açai, and spices is one that makes us coo with delight. Josefien of Yosogreen, who specializes in raw food and herbalism, shows with this creative dish that she is a real natural. What a fantastic dish!

Find all the ingredients here and get started!

Açai bowl cubes

An Açai bowl in a bite-sized chunk or rather bite-sized cube. How cool is that! It couldn’t be helped that this creative dish came from the pretty little head of natural, Barbara of Les Petites Pestes. You don’t need more than the ingredients for a classic Açai bowl and a square silicone mold (which you normally use to make ice cubes) to make this original recipe. But it is precisely in that simplicity that creativity lies! And if you stick a wooden stick through it, it becomes an Açai popsicle!

The bite-sized recipe is here

Summer Açai Terrine

The name of this dish says it all! This beautiful terrine is so pretty and light you can almost see summer in it! Annelies of Nectar Studio is as talented at recipe creation as she is at food photography. So a true expert in her field! A terrine can basically be served as a light lunch, snack, or dessert (see the similarity with an Açai bowl) but the fact that Açai is processed in it makes this version a real superfood and feel-good dish!

Taste the summer and find the recipe quickly!

Açai Chia Jam

The natural behind this recipe is the talented jack-of-all-trades Anna Santens. For her, Açai equals good energy! With this delicious Açai Chia Jam she demonstrates like no other that Açai can also be used perfectly as a spread. So, do you have an energy dip during the day? No worries, Açai power is on its way!

Find the delicious recipe here.

 

Huge thanks to the naturals in their professions for these great recipes! We hope these delicious dishes inspire and encourage you to get creative yourself with our special berries. We would love it if you would share your recipes with us via social media or via email to margaux@theholyberry.com! And who knows, maybe they will get a spot on our recipe page (with mention of the creator of course :)).

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Those who do sports, eat Açai :)

Vous avez un mode de vie sportif et vous aimez beaucoup l’Açaï(ou vous en êtes accro) ? Alors ce blog est pour vous ! Nous partageons avec vous nos plats d’entraînement Açai préférés qui, grâce à leur composition en protéines, glucides et acides gras, offrent parfaitement au corps ce dont il a besoin avant ou après un bon entraînement. Because even though few Açai dishes can match a good Açai bowl, it’s always nice to alternate sometimes. Sometimes, usually not… #Açaibowladdictspeaking

Those who do sports, eat Açai 🙂

By now, most of you have already discovered how Açai helps during sports. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, try an Açai bowl before your workout. You will be amazed at the energy boost you get from these unique berries. And also after a physical effort, Açai provides your body with the necessary additives for a good recovery. This is due to the high concentration of nutrients, including proteins, 19 amino acids, antioxidants and essential omega fatty acids, all of which are hidden in this berry.

Here are our 7 favorite Açai sports recipes that will make you shine even harder during your workouts!

1) Chocolate Açai Bowl

A healthy sports recipe with chocolate…. Hard to believe! But yes, it’s absolutely possible and this recipe proves it. The reason has to do with the special nutritional profile of cocoa. Did you know that cocoa contains even more antioxidants than Açai and that it is precisely these antioxidants that are so important when you exercise? When you exercise, free radicals are released, which are substances that damage our cells. If they are not produced in excessive quantities, there is no need to worry (so keep exercising!) But it is important to “defuse” these free radicals as much as possible through a diet rich in antioxidants. Two of the greatest natural sources of antioxidants are Açai and cocoa. The perfect excuse to justify this chocolate (and Açai) addiction 🙂

You can find the recipe here.

2) Açai Overnight Oats

Rien n’est plus agréable que d’avoir un repas sain prêt à l’emploi avant ou après une bonne séance d’entraînement. Il suffit de le sortir du réfrigérateur et de le déguster avec délice. Eh bien, cet Açai Overnight Oats (= plat à base de flocons d’avoine avec de l’Açaï que vous conservez au réfrigérateur pendant la nuit) est un repas tellement sain et délicieux pour les sportifs. Très facile à préparer et plein de nutriments pour en faire un autre coup d’éclat d’une séance de sport. En plus de l’açai, les flocons d’avoine et le miel sont également de véritables super aliments. Une cuillerée de miel de qualité contient des nutriments extrêmement importants et les flocons d’avoine sont une source de fibres saines.

You can find this super easy and healthy recipe here.

3) Açai Boost Smoothie

A smoothie to boost your workout. The name of this recipe says it all! This dish contains everything you need to perform at your best and is perfect to take with you in a shaker or thermos on your way to the gym. Strawberries, raspberries & Açai as toppers in red fruit, supplemented with extra protein from the (vegetable) protein powder and from the hemp seeds. Because did you know that in addition to healthy fats, hemp seeds are rich in protein? And they give this smoothie an extra nice “bite” too!

Find the recipe here and treat yourself!

4) Açai-Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

For this Acai bowl, we don’t use juice or milk but coconut yogurt and coconut water. Why so much coconut, we hear you think. Well, when you exercise, you sweat (most of the time anyway). This is perfectly normal and feels good, but the idea is to recover lost moisture as quickly as possible. Coconut water (especially the fresh variety) is packed with electrolytes that hydrate the body particularly intensely, making it an ideal liquid during or after exercise. Et pourquoi le yaourt à la noix de coco ? Just because it’s delicious and nutritious 🙂

Find the recipe for this Açai and blueberry smoothie bowl here.

5) Açai Chia pudding

“The proof of the pudding is in the eating”, you can take that literally with this little recipe. Just try it and you will see, this pudding is delicious and oh so nutritious! The jelly consistency is obtained by soaking the chia seeds overnight in the plant-based milk. That chia seeds also contain protein makes them even more special. Also, the peanuts in peanut butter (peanuts, by the way, are not nuts but legumes) are rich in protein so let those muscles grow!

Read here how to make this recipe.

6) Post Work Açai Bowl

Açai and lime juice, are you kidding me?! No, not this time. It turns out to be a heavenly combination, at least for those who like a little “zing” in their dishes (and lives). Lime juice is packed with vitamin C which is not only hugely healthy but also ensures that the Açai bowl stays lighter in color for longer. In addition, banana is one of the greatest sources of potassium and vitamin B6 that helps the body recover after an intense sports session.

Discover this delicious combination here.

7) Tartelettes Açaï à base de granola

Vous voulez une tarte? Ah oui, pourquoi pas?! And indeed, why not! In life you have to enjoy and especially when it is healthy enjoyment. An Açai-based tartlet with a granola base, ideal to take with you to snack on before or after your workout. We quickly sum up the power foods for you:

  • Dates: a force of nature, ideal for sweetening dishes in a healthy way.
  • Oats: source of high fiber and slow carbohydrates
  • Açai: Meanwhile, you know why, right?
  • Blueberry: in addition to Açai, it is also very rich in antioxidants.
  • Coconut fat: interesting composition of the fat with many important nutrients

Find the recipe for these pies here.