After yoga this weekend I was craving something refreshing, something that would energize and provide substance without putting me into a food coma, so obviously not the tasty pumpkin waffles from last weekend 😀
A few years ago I tried this delicious superfood from Hightide Butrrito Co. after a yoga detox session at Power Yoga San Marco South in Jacksonville. It was amazing, but I haven’t had it since then, until this weekend! And I didn’t stop there, I’ve been having it each morning before work to give this non-coffee drinker a boost of energy!
Over the weekend I decided to pick up the ingredients for this cereal-like smoothie and make it myself. The only thing I realized after setting out to create this at home was that Publix doesn’t carry the Acai (pronounced ah-sah-EE) puree required to make the smoothie-like base. Dead set on enjoying a refreshing acai bowl, I came up with a substitute for the puree.
- 1 cup of Sambazon Acai Original Superfood juice
- 1/2 cup of ice
- 1/3 cup of coconut milk
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 cup of strawberries
- 1/2 cup of granola
- 1 tablespoon of honey or to taste
- In a blender, mix together the Acai original juice, ice, coconut milk, 1 banana and 1/4 cup of the strawberries
- Pour the smoothie contents from the blender into a bowl as the base
- Slice the remaining bananas and strawberries
- Place the fruit and granola on top of the acai smoothie contents in the bowl and finish off with honey
Since I was winging the puree portion, trying to make the liquid juice thinker to create a similar smoothie substance I added extra strawberries and bananas to the blender. I also ended up making way more than I needed, so I saved the rest of the mixture in small little containers and put them in the freezer, like ice cubes. This helped tremendously the next day – I took the frozen mixture and added in the extra fruit and coconut milk to prep my morning breakfast.
Have you tried this super healthy and super tasty breakfast?
Phew! I’ve been a little MIA for the past couple of weeks… for good reason though! The last two weeks has been a crazy whirl wind, life can come at you very fast and leave you with the unexpected. Just two weeks ago I came down to south Florida for an interview, interviewed again, went back up to Jax and then MOVED down to south Florida in a week’s timespan! It has been crazy trying to wrap my head around the recent series of events. But now that I am temporarily settled in and getting back into the swing of things I’m so excited Thanksgiving is tomorrow!! One last excuse for pumpkin-filled foods and fall clothing before it transitions to colder weather, hot chocolate and Santa! So as a last hoorah for fall I’m making these healthy little Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Muffins tonight! They were originally introduced to me a couple years ago by a friend and it’s something I have been making ever since! This recipe only calls for three ingredients and is even classified as a vegan dish – great for all diets! Try these delicious treats for yourself:
- 1 box of Spice Cake Mix
- 1 can of Pumpkin
- 1 bag of chocolate chips
- Set the oven to 350 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the three ingredients together until batter is thick and smooth
- Spray the mini muffin pan with Pam Cooking Spray
- Spoon the mixture into the mini muffin pan
- Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until golden brown
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Bake Time: 20 minutes | Cool Time: 5 minutes | Servings: 36 mini muffins
And that’s it, you’re done! These easy, healthy muffins are a great fall treat for breakfast, dessert or a mid-day snack!
Do you have a fall favorite pumpkin recipe? Please please share below!
Smoothies are great for so many reasons, they are quick and easy, delicious, healthy options for breakfast on-the-go post workout or even an afternoon snack pre workout. I love coming back from a morning run and making a smoothie to recover and start my day! It’s just so delicious and filling, especially when you add protein powder and L-Glutamine for recovery. I personally love the consistency of a Jamba Juice Smoothie and have been looking for the right mixture to create the perfect at home recipe. After many attempts I think I have found the right combination to create that smooth consistency I was looking for.
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender (btw – I love the way the Ninja blender works, I highly recommend it!), to make the smoothie, you can always substitute some of the items like water instead of milk.
Make sure to blend it enough to get the right consistency, once completed, pour and enjoy!
Let me know what you think and if you have variations for similar smoothies, I am always looking for new recipes to try!