Superfood Breakfast: Acai Bowl

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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 ūüėÄ

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.

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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. In a blender, mix together the Acai original juice, ice, coconut milk, 1 banana and 1/4 cup of the strawberries
  2. Pour the smoothie contents from the blender into a bowl as the base
  3. Slice the remaining bananas and strawberries
  4. 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?

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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:

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Spice Cake Mix
  • 1 can of Pumpkin
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips

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Directions:

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the three ingredients together until batter is thick and smooth
  3. Spray the mini muffin pan with Pam Cooking Spray
  4. Spoon the mixture into the mini muffin pan
  5. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until golden brown

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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! 

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Strive for Progress, Not Perfection

Friends, I need your help. I am struggling to stick to my workout/healthy eating routine (I don’t want to call it a diet, because a diet is just a fad, I want this to last). Some of you may look at me and think that I don’t need to lose any weight and that I am crazy for having this goal, but my body composition has certainly changed from what it used to be. I know this happens to most as we get older and don’t continue to be as active, but the change in my¬†body regardless of how minimal it may appear, feels so much different than what it used to be. Going from pushing my body to it’s limits with two-a-days as a college¬†athlete to rarely working out has made a huge difference, and not in a good way! Ideally, I would like to lose 8 pounds, but if I am toning and leaning out, I don’t really care about the final number on the scale… after all, muscle does weigh more than fat. With all of the said, I think I can hold myself more accountable if I share my progress with you. So here it goes, today starts the day I share this journey. I plan on kicking it into high gear without a gym membership but instead at home with¬†plyometric¬†circuits, high intensity training, yoga and running. I want to strive for progress, not perfection!

Current Weigh-In:

Weight: 135.2 lbs | Fat Percentage: 25.1% | Activity Level: Low (running and yoga a couple of times a week, very sporadic)

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Let’s do this!

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