[Recipe] Acai Bowl at home

If you’re a healthy eater, or a Pinterest junkie, you’ve probably heard of Acai Bowls. They seem to be getting tons of attention and, unlike many food items that fall into the spotlight, they deserve it.

acai oatmeal via http://rosalieruardy.com/

Acai oatmeal via Rosalie Ruardy

acai powder | sunshine & the bearAcai is a tropical superfood fruit that hails from Brazil. It’s delicious and tart and Jamba Juice has been putting in their smoothies since I got them every day in college. The fruit itself has been touted for intense health benefits like antioxidants, amino acids and omega fatty acids that help slow the aging process by boosting immune and metabolic function and removing destructive free radicals from your body! Yep, I’ll take some of that. PLUS, it’s tasty! The dark purple berries (which can only be found in powder form here in the US) pack more grams of protein than an egg! Add that to its omega 3/6/9 fatty acids and you see that the acai helps improve the look and texture of your hair, skin and nails.

So what is an acai bowl anyway? Basically, it’s a really thick acai smoothie in a bowl with toppings. It kind of looks (and sometimes tastes) like ice cream, but it’s GOOD for you!
Check out my easy recipe below for something basic & this easy how-to video from Oakley Women:

Acai Bowl
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Serves: 1 bowl
 
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop acai powder
  • ½-3/4 C almond milk
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 2 T coconut flakes
  • ¼-1/2 C pomegranate seeds
  • 1 T honey
Instructions
  1. Add acai powder, milk and chia seeds into a blender (or use an immersion blender) to mix.
  2. Add mix to a bowl and add toppings.
  3. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

What will you top your acai bowl with?!

[Inspiration] BurnThis App

Inspiration. I need it. I crave it. Seriously, how else do we get out of bed in the morning when it’s cold outside and it’s time to work?!

Recently, I found a new source for awesome inspiration in the form of the BurnThis app! The app is a constant stream of workout and healthy lifestyle motivation…everything from quotes and meal ideas to progression photos and workout ideas!

BurnThis motivation app | sunshine & the bear

Much like my all time favorite people, the Tone It Up team, this app hosts a wide range of people who come together as a “FitFam” – from all over the country and the world! People post ideas for workouts and meals, supportive and inspirational quotes, and much more! It’s become a new addiction for me because, let’s face it, sometimes I need a little nudge to help me stay on track, and I really enjoy sharing/inspiring others! KARMA. Right? :)BurnThisAmbassador

As I BurnThis FitFam Ambassador, I’ll be bringing you tons of awesome inspirational content on the app, here on the blog and over on BMOREtoned!

Meet me on BurnThis & get inspired!!

[Recipe] Jalapeno Cauliflower Shells & Cheese

You’ll want to eat this. Right now. Literally. You should probably leave your job/class/whatever and go make it…

jalapeno cauliflower shells & cheese | sunshine & the bear

I’ve recently found Love & Lemons, an incredibly beautiful blog that shares amazing sounding/looking recipes. Jeanine and Jack live in Austin, TX and they share incredible. The other day, I got this recipe from them and sent it to Tom. He almost NEVER says yes to anything with kale soooo…when he said he wanted to eat it, we had to make it.

As I afore mentioned, you’ll want to make it too. Here’s the recipe!

Jalapeno Cauliflower Shells & Cheese
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Ingredients
  • 3 C cauliflower florettes
  • 3-5 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • Annie's Shells & White Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  • ½-1 jalapeño (sliced)
  • 1 C kale (chopped)
  • ½ C almond milk
  • ¼ C grated fontina cheese
  • S+P
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss cauliflower and garlic with a little olive oil, salt & pepper and roast on a baking pan for 30 minutes (or until golden brown).
  3. Prepare your shells and cheese (according to the box).
  4. Mix together, adding enough almond milk to make it creamy.
  5. To your pot of mac & cheese (while it's still hot), add chopped jalapeños, kale and stir until the kale wilts.
  6. Stir in the roasted cauliflower, and a grating of fontina cheese if you like.
  7. Enjoy!

 

 

[Inspiration] Tone It Up poem

As you probably know, I’ve been a Tone It Up girl for a while. Ok, a LONG, long time. It’s been a crazy, amazing journey over these four years…I’ve gotten to know Katrina and Karena, expanded my “family” to include thousands and thousands of women who have joined the TIU Team and, of course, learned and grown to love myself!

TIUretreat team momentTone It Up isn’t just about getting fit and working out. It’s not just about adding more kale and healthy foods to your diet. It’s a lifestyle. It’s about finding the things you love about yourself, the things that make you happy and the things that help you push happiness and positivity out into the world…

At the TIU Retreat this past year, the ladies asked us to close our eyes and hold hands. In the sand, 300 inspiring women held hands and closed their eyes as K&K read a poem aloud. We all cried and smiled and were grateful for each other. Yep. It was beautiful. Thing is, the ladies made us promise to not tell anyone – they had grand plans for this poem. I’ve had to keep the secret…until now!

I’m so thrilled to share these words. They are moving, inspiring and lovely. ♡

tone it up poem | sunshine & the bear

Ok, they didn’t say the 28 days part, but the rest! 

This is now words that will be in the girls’ new BOOK – Fit, Fierce & Fabulous! The book will be a 28 Day program that encompasses the Tone It Up lifestyle. The program incorporates new workouts, TIU knockout nutrition tips, as well as daily mental and spiritual challenges to transform your mind and body. K&K will share our heart-felt stories of how fitness helped them overcome life’s obstacles to live their lives to the fullest.

I’m so so proud of the ladies! It’s going to be great.

You can preorder the book here! :)

 

[Recipe] Mini Egg White Frittatas!

When do you have time to make a healthy, well balanced breakfast? If you’re like me, you laughed at that question and quickly answered “basically never.”

In the morning, I’m typically always on the go. Whether it’s to/from the gym, taking the dog for a run, meeting media or rushing out the door to work, there isn’t a ton of time. I can rarely whip up some fresh, tasty protein pancakes or even a quick egg white omelet. I’m always trying to pre-make breakfasts that last over time, so I can grab them on the go.

SUPER easy mini egg white frittatas | sunshine & the bearThrough my TIU Love Your Body challenge, I’ve been trying to to work on organizing ahead of time. Planning (meal prep especially), helps me focus my energy on other things in the moment – workouts, work, etc. It’s also more affordable! And often healthier! There’s always a temptation to go out and with that come pricey, unhealthy options.

I love that the TIU team has posted the idea of this CRAZY EASY recipe for a delicious, lasting, pre-makable breakfast…mini egg white frittatas!

WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THIS BEFORE?! They are a serious no-brainer. You can add your own favorite frittata ingredients, but check out my basic recipe below:

Mini egg white frittatas
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Cuisine: breakfast
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Serves: 12 mini frittatas
 
Ingredients
  • 3-4 C egg whites
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • ½ C mushrooms (chopped)
  • non-stick spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a cupcake pan with your non-stick spray, making sure to get inside the full cups.
  3. Add your chopped ingredients to each cup. Remember, you can make them however you want - so be creative and make each one different!
  4. Pour in egg whites and fill each cup (leaving approx. ⅛" space to the top of the pan).
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Remove pan and let cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

If you want to make the breakfast even more exciting (who doesn’t?), you can add some turkey bacon and/or avocado to your frittata! To add turkey bacon, place one strip into the pan cup first, then all the other ingredients. Top with fresh chopped avocado for healthy fats!

These will be my new favorite prepped breakfast meals, but I’d love to stock up other options! What are your favorites?