BRAZILIAN BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS: ACAI BOWLS



Lately, I’ve been really big into blended fruit bowls for breakfast. They contain enough sweetness to wake me up and give me energy for a long day full of whatever it decides to throw my way. I find that it’s also a great snack any time you need a pick-me-up or some added energy around that slumming 2:00 feeling time. What I’ve found though is that although they taste delicious, they can quickly add up if you’re buying them everyday, not to mention the fact that they’re nearly impossible to find where I live, and since have decided to start making them on my own. If you’re not familiar with acai it’s an antioxidant rich berry from the Brazilian amazon, loaded with protein, and a host of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids – making it a wonderful way to start your day!







Ingredients:

2 packets frozen acai puree (3.5 oz)
1 banana frozen (cut in pieces)
1 handful of frozen blueberries
scant 1/4 cup orange or apple juice
scant 1/4 cup almond milk
1 scoop protein powder (optional



Toppings (have a little fun here!):
mango
blueberries
strawberries
banana
granola
goji berries


Take the acai packets (I usually get mine from the brand Sambazon at Whole Food’s – so good!) out of the freezer and and break them apart before opening. I suggest letting them set out on the counter for a few minutes to make this a little easier. Now, put the acai chunks, blueberries, and frozen banana pieces into the blender. Pour in a small amount of juice or almond milk and (optional) protein powder. Between blends you may have to open up the blender, move things around a bit, and scrape the sides or push down the fruits to keep things moving. Once you begin to blend you will be able to see how much liquid you need – go from there and adjust the thickness to your own desire, although; most people (like myself) like to create a very thick sorbet-like consistency.




And, walla! You can use whatever toppings you like – I prefer and always seem to cut up any leftover bananas or fresh fruit and usually add coconut shreds, almond slices and for an added kick of energy I’ll pour on a little bee pollen.


Enjoy!



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MY WEEKEND IN A NUTSHELL

Nail Painting! – Loving this Really Red Essie nail polish, doesn’t it match my watermelon perfectly? (;
(If you guys would like me to do a tutorial on the milkmaid braids pictured here as well, leave a comment below!)

Cooking up a storm! – Made these scrumptious banana-peanut-butter-sandwiches (cut a banana into semi-thin slices and pair 2 slices together with peanut butter in the middle) covered in chocolate and froze them, how’s that for easy and delicious?

Walking with Lexi! – She’s as stubborn as a mule when it comes to chasing animals, “Bu-but mommy, I want this squirrel as my new chew toy not that Martha Stewart one!”

My main man FRANK and I like to hang out quite a bit on the weekends, especially in the shower. But don’t get me started about the messes he likes to make…

Making bouquets – but here’s what you don’t see… look with caution (#behindthebouquet)

Juicy Couture Phone Case (old, similar here) / Tumbler / Burt’s Bee’s Mango (can’t go anywhere without this stuff!)

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