[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 bear Acai 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?!

[Recipe] Superfood Kale Salad

Even though I love almost anything/everything in the pre-made foods case at the grocery store, it’s not all great/healthy for you…HOWEVER recently, my local Harris Teeter started carrying a kale superfood salad that I just fell in LOVE with! Seriously, I can do kale…but sometimes it’s a little much. I’m not sure this would ever be too much – it’s delicious!!

The problem is (well, really it’s a good thing…haha) they change their pre-made food menu every month so…just like that, this super salad came and went.

BUT like you would hope an awesome brand does, the HT team saw me tweet my 140-character-love-poem to this kale salad and answered my plea for a recipe! So, like a good little Tone It Up gal, I want to share it with all of my healthy eating friends so you can have it in your salad arsenal too!

harris teeter superfood kale salad katekatebear

Superfood Kale Salad 

Original recipe: Harris Teeter 
Cooking needs: Medium/large pot to blanch

  • 2-4 C fresh kale
  • 2-3 carrots (peeled/shredded)
  • 2 T sunflower seeds
  • 2T cashew nuts (chopped)
  • 1/2 C steamed edamame
  • 1/4 C craisins
  • 1/4 C green onions (chopped)
  • 1/4 C blueberries
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • Asian ginger dressing

 

Directions:

Wash and trim stems from kale.

In a medium pot, blanch kale for approx. 5-10 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

Mix all other ingredients together, then add cooled kale.

ENJOY!