Homemade Acai Breakfast Bowl!

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What you need:

Sambazon unsweetened Acai smoothie pack (I always use 1/2 a pack to make them last longer since they can be pretty expensive, but you are welcome to use a full one!)

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Granola or Steel Cut Oats (I like to use steel cut oats to avoid added sugars but if you use granola I recommend Kind Granola, and I will say granola adds a much better crunch to the bowl)

Fruit: this can be any fruit you like! Blueberries, raspberries, banana, blackberries, strawberries, pineapple, etc. I like to do a variety everyday so I don’t get bored.

Optional toppings: Cacao Nibs (natures chocolate chips), goji berries, chia seeds, coconut shreds, honey, peanut butter.

DIRECTIONS: 

1. If you are using steel cut oats, put your desired amt in a bowl with desired milk (almond milk, etc) and put in the fridge the night before you want your bowl. That way in the morning the oats will be just soft enough to eat but still a little crunchy. You can also make like regular oats in the morning, I just like to have mine all ready to go! Side note: the reason I recommend steel cut oats is because they are tougher and will add a little crunch to your bowl, where as regular oatmeal will be soggy in the bowl. 

2. Get out your smoothie pack and throw in the blender (I use 1/2 pack) with whatever fruits you desire. I generally like to mix mine with frozen berries or frozen banana. Add in a small amount of water (or apple juice) to make sure it blends. It should be a smoothie like consistency when you’re done. The thicker the better.

3. Pour the Acai blend in the bottom of your bowl. Put granola or steel cut oats in next. Then top with your desired toppings! This morning I added peanut butter and chia seeds to my steel cut oats and topped with blueberries, banana, raspberries, goji berries and cacao nibs. 

4. Enjoy your acai “smoothie in a bowl” 

Found this on Realfoodology and I think it's great info!

I know that trying to eat healthy can be a bit overwhelming because there is so much information out there about what to eat! I am going to make this as simple as possible.

The less ingredients, the better.

If the ingredients list is longer than about 4-5 ingredients, toss it. Be smart and think about the food you are buying and what you would expect the ingredients to look like. For example, corn tortilla chips shouldn’t have more than 3-4 things. Corn, oil, salt and maybe lime. That’s it.

Don’t eat ingredients you can’t pronounce.

These are chemical food additives made in a lab that are put in our food to make it last longer or to make you want to eat more of it. (the more you eat the more money big food companies make!) Think about what those chemicals are doing to your body! If you have had that bag of chips in your pantry for longer than about 2 weeks do you really want to eat them anyway? 

If you can’t make a variation of this food at home, don’t buy it.

Corn chips made of corn, oil & salt you could very easily make at home. Cheeseburger Doritos that are made with god knows what, you probably could not make at home.

Eat organic whenever possible.

It is becoming increasingly important to eat organic because of the prevalence of GMOs being snuck into our food. (read more about them here) The most important foods to eat organic are meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables, corn and soy. The non-organic versions of these foods are full of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and GMOs. Also, the risk for food borne illness is very much lower because the extent at which organic foods are regulated. 

Avoid Hydrogenated Oils & any form of Corn Syrup.

Hydrogenated oils, or trans fat, raises your cholesterol, putting you at high risk for a heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Corn syrup is a toxic GMO sweetener that your body does not even know what to do with. Not to mention both are linked to obesity.

Eat as your Grandmother did

Eat simple, real, clean food. Your grandmother didn’t grow up eating pizza rolls and drinking soda by the gallon. Neither should you!

Eat the rainbow

I’m not talking about skittles here! Fill your plate with a rainbow of fruits and veggies. The more color on your plate, the better. Avoid white foods such as white bread, white rice, white sugar, and white potatoes.

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