Acai Bowl

I usually don’t have time to sit down and have a relaxing breakfast in the morning, but in the name of Spring, I decided today I would make myself an acai bowl.

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What’s an acai bowl, you ask? Think of it as a the most delicious smoothie ever covered in toppings and eaten with a spoon. The acai bowl consists of blended frozen acai berries (and fruit) covered in a variety of toppings (like granola, hemp seeds, fresh fruit). It’s tasty beyond description and the contrast of the soft-serve like fruit to the crunchy toppings in addicting. I am always disappointed when the whole bowl is gone.

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Acai is a berry that most will tell you is a “superfood”. Though technically research is still ongoing regarding the health benefits of acai, science has  shown that it does have a high level of antioxidants. It’s a berry that packs a nutritional punch!

And it turns out the brand Sambazon is selling frozen organic acai berries at the grocery store, which is great for someone like me who does not want to spend $10 on breakfast (acai bowls can be pretty pricey). Buying your own frozen acai has another benefit; besides being financially savvy, it will also allow you to add whatever you want and really get creative! I had a lot of fun opening up my cabinets and seeing what I could possibly sprinkle on top. The recipe below is simply an example of the things you can put into your acai bowl. So give yourself some extra time to make this delicious frozen treat for breakfast in the morning, it’s worth it!

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Ingredients

For the Bowl

  • 1 packet of Sambazon unsweetened pure acai berry
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla soymilk

For the Toppings

  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup granola

Directions

  1. Per the directions on the back of the frozen acai, run the package under water for 5 seconds. Place acai in the blender along with other fruits and milk (can use water or juice if preferred, and can also add sweetener).
  2. Blend on the highest setting. The mixture will be very thick, like frozen yogurt.
  3. Pour frozen mixture into a bowl and cover with toppings of choice.
  4. Relax and enjoy!
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Comforting Tea Latte

Well my lack of posts this month has been embarrassing, but please allow me to warm and comfort your soul (and earn your forgiveness) with a delicious drink.

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My perfect study partner

I recently tried the Earl Grey tea latte at Starbucks for the first time and in addition to being delicious, it gave me some much-needed calcium! If there is something I have learned the last couple of weeks (from battling a never-ending winter and taking a biochemistry course all about vitamins and minerals) it’s that I am lacking in certain essential nutrients, namely calcium and vitamin D. And while both could be easily supplemented, I like to get most of my vitamins and minerals from whole foods. For my nutrition needs, this tea latte fits the bill.

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Now I don’t know about you, but I cannot afford to spend $4 on a daily latte. So I knew I had to figure out a way to make some variation of this drink at home. And I think I got pretty darn close. I managed to make a “latte” without the use of a fancy espresso machine! I don’t think Starbucks will be stealing my recipe anytime soon, but I do think this is a delicious way to add some nutrition to your day and warm your insides. Enjoy!

Comforting Tea Latte (Makes 1 mug)

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  • 1 tea bag of choice (I used Trader Joe’s Cinnamon & Vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup milk (I used vanilla soy milk for some extra sweetness)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sugar (optional and amount is up to your discretion; the vanilla soy milk was sweet enough on its own)

Directions:

  • Place your tea bag in a mug and pour boiling water in. Allow tea to seep and create a very strong concentrate.
  • In a saucepan, warm milk to just under boiling. Add vanilla extract and sugar (optional). Pour tea concentrate into saucepan. Make sure you remove the tea bag.
  • Pour contents from the saucepan into a blender. Cover blender with lid and set up to a high setting to “froth” the milk. Turn blender off when you think you’ve whipped it all up sufficiently.
  • Pour latte into a mug. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional). Enjoy your calcium.