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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Foodies In Florence

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Greetings, and welcome to the five-part blog series on our recent travels to Italy!

EatMoveRest In Italy: A 5 Part Series

EAT MOVE REST IN ITALY

A 5-PART TOUR

Below you will find a handful of helpful information on delicious dining, fabulous fashion, and stunning sights from the 5 places that Dusty and I visited during our summer vacation abroad!

If you haven't already, check out Part 1 for an Italian, plant-based primer, and a taste of Venice!

VENICE // FLORENCE // TUSCANY // ROME // POSITANO


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Florence

cradle of the renaissance

Winging It

Dusty and I aren't much for tours and itineraries--when we travel, we want to venture out into the unknown. We love to immerse ourselves in the culture and do as the locals do. It felt so freeing to wake up every morning without an alarm, enjoy a relaxing, fruitful breakfast, and step out the front door without a plan or a care in the world!

Traveling from Venice to Florence by train was a breeze, and as we continued to explore Italy, the feeling of fitting in began to surface. 

Sometimes you've got to wing it. Step to the ledge, spread your wings, and fly!

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Flourishing In Florence

Florence, or Firenze, to the locals, felt like the perfect symphony of old and new. Known as the "cradle of the Renaissance," this city holds a wealth of history, up against a bustling, modern mecca. Dusty and I could feel the pride and heritage alive and well, as we stepped out onto the streets to the sound of drums thumping and horns blowing. Hundreds of men and women marched by, dressed in classical garb from another era, smiles on their faces, with an eagerness to stun sightseers. 

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Modern History

Wandering onward, we caught ourselves, mindlessly crossing streets without looking both ways. After the quiet, narrow, motor-less corridors of Venice, the whizzing Vespas and automobiles were a bit of a wakeup call! We passed in and out of fashion-forward shops, and squeezed our way through busy streets, lined with mega-stores, and banners strung about, advertising fresh, modern art exhibits. So far, Florence seemed to have a bit of everything from every era, for everyone!

One of the most stunning sights of the city is the massive Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, better-known as the Duomo. Our stay in Florence would be brief, so we opted to marvel from the exterior, and skipped the lines to tour the interior. 

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As we rounded the mighty facade, we were met by a fresh fruit and juice stand! The cherries continued to satisfy, and the local produce was proving to be just as delightfully abundant as it was in Venice!

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Foodies In Florence

Plant-based Paradise

This was the epitome of Florence--an age-old city with a fresh funk--we came to a flea market in a piazza, swamped with artisans and craftsmen, selling one-of-a-kind gems. We decided it was time to grab a bite before diving into the endless pile of treasures, and lo and behold, a restaurant right around the corner, titled #RAW invited us in. Who would've thought you could find a raw vegan restaurant right in the middle of the oldest cities in Italy?!

The ambiance was unique, refreshing, and almost otherworldly. We ordered one of everything on the menu--raw pad thai, a burger on a buckwheat bun, and a rainbow veggie wrap. We were more than full, but we of course saved room for dessert! We savored every bit of a peanut butter cup and a coconut ball followed by two scoops of delectable, dairy-free gelato. 

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Following our feast, we navigated the flea market and climbed the stairs to wander inside of an inconspicuous church. There was a service at 6pm, so we stuck around. The beauty of the Catholic Church is that no matter where you go or what language you speak, every Mass is the same. 

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Fine Dining In Firenze

We spent our next morning jogging and hiking to the top of Florence, for what is said to be the most stunning sight of the city--the Boboli Gardens. We enjoyed a bowl full of cherries overlooking the rooftops and rolling hills, and then weaved our way back down, taking notice of the ratty yet beautiful, age-old olive trees.

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Later that evening, we stumbled upon yet another fantastic vegan restaurant. Although we did not use the Happy Cow app to find this gem, I did a search for it and discovered that it was not yet listed. Check out the listing I contributed to Happy Cow to help future plant-eaters to discover and enjoy Nirvana Ristorante

We enjoyed exquisite, superfood salads followed by a marinara pizza. Dusty even found a gluten-free version of his favorite birra, Peroni!

Florence Is For Lovers

As we made our way back to our Airbnb, we were stopped in our tracks by the breathtaking view of the sunset overlooking the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge, and the Arno River below. Florence would be our shortest stay of the trip, and not until we got home did we begin to hear whispers inviting us to return. 

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Foodies In Florence
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Foodies In Florence
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Foodies In Florence
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Foodies In Florence

Bold + Neutral

There was no in-between in Italy--it was either neutral linens in shades of white and beige, or bold brights, accented with pops of color. One thing was certain--less was more; the temperature was rising and sleeves were out of the question!

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Travel, Wander, Explore

Our biggest takeaway from Florence, or Firenze, was to "Wing it!" Sometimes it's best to do away with the itinerary and ditch the plans. Forego tours and lines for finding yourself amongst the locals, trusting that all will be well. Take notice of how life's synchronicities and serendipitous moments spontaneously arise!

The true magic happens when you let go.

Stay tuned for EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany, coming up next! We'll be bringing you more helpful insight on being plant-based abroad, as well as more food, fashion, and fun! Also be sure to check the EatMoveRest YouTube channel for the latest recap there! Until next time, explore more!

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 1: Vegans In Venice

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EAT MOVE REST IN ITALY

A 5-PART TOUR

Greetings, and welcome to our five-part blog series on our recent travels to Italy! Below you will find a handful of helpful information on delicious dining, fabulous fashion, and stunning sights of the 5 places that Dusty and I visited during our summer vacation abroad!

VENICE // FLORENCE // TUSCANY // ROME // Positano


Italy At A Glance

Leading up to our trip, Dusty and I were fairly nervous about eating plant-based abroad. The language barrier, we thought, would be a challenge in and of itself. On top of that, cheese and bolognese is the name of the game! On the flight overseas, we brushed up on our "hellos and goodbyes, pleases and thank you's, and, of course, our vegan-friendly, food-ordering skills!

Here's a quick primer in Italiano for the plant-based, vegan tourist:

  • Hello // Buongiorno or Ciao
  • Goodbye // Arrivederci
  • Please // Per favore 
  • Thank you // Grazie 
  • How much? // Quanto?
  • Fruit // Frutta
  • Vegatables // Verdure
  • Organic // Biologico or Bio
  • Vegan // Vegano
  • Without meat // Senza carne
  • Without cheese // Senza formaggio 
  • Without eggs // Senza uovo 
  • Without milk // Senza latte
  • Vegan? // Vegano?
  • Delicious // Delizioso 
  • Perfect // Perfetto

Plant-based Paradise

With a few basics, we successfully communicated with almost everyone, (most of whom also spoke English, fluently). We were thrilled and amazed at the prevalence of fresh fruit stands, open-air markets, and authentic, vegan Italian cuisine we stumbled upon, almost without going out of our way to do so!

We eat a high-raw diet at home, or as some like to call it, "Raw 'til 4," and we were able to do so in Italy, with ease. Each morning, we ate an all-fruit breakfast and grazed throughout the day on more fresh fruit and healthy salads while we wandered and explored. For dinner, we either cooked at our Airbnb, or found a restaurant with plenty of options--either way, we ate pasta and/or pizza almost every single night!

We had no problems avoiding animal products, but it proved quite difficult to avoid oil--especially olive oil! We do not consume any fats in the form of oil at home, but being that it's a staple ingredient in nearly every menu item, from salads to pasta sauces, we decided to ease up and enjoy. We went by two rules of thumb:

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do," and "Do your best, and forget the rest!"

According my iPhone fitness app, we were walking nearly 20,000 steps per day, on top of our sight-seeing runs that we did about every other day; we were definitely working up an appetite! This was the first trip we went on that we didn't feel sluggish or sick from food or drink once, and we didn't gain a pound coming home! Yay, plant-power! We have learned to look at travel less as a time to overdo and splurge, and more as a time to improve ourselves and grow physically, mentally, and emotionally.


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Part 1: Vegans In Venice

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VENICE

A CITY ON WATER

One word: picturesque. 

The canals, the bridges, and the buildings--everything about this city on water was the most unreal, dream-like place we've ever been!

We flew through the night, and as timing would have it, Dusty and I woke up in Italy on our 4th anniversary, June 8th. Venice, or Venezia, to the locals, was our first stop. We took a water taxi (think James Bond), weaving between gondolas through winding canals, until we arrived at our hotel's water entrance. To my delight, Dusty had arranged for an anniversary fruit platter that was awaiting us...he truly knows the way to my heart!

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Get Lost + Find Yourself

Our first word of advice from a local was that if we didn't get lost in the city on water, we weren't doing something right. We soon realized what she meant, as we walked through the tiny, maze-like corridors, exploring locals shops. Two of our must-see locations in Venice are: St. Mark's Square and the Venice Fish Market. St. Mark's Square is home to the breathtaking, Basilica San Marco, and is a central hang-out for locals and tourists.

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EATMOVEREST IN ITALY, PART 1: VEGANS IN VENICE

Eat More Plants

The Fish Market was such an incredible, open-air, seafood and produce market with an abundance of fresh, local fruits and vegetables. We were in heaven--to say the least! We stocked up on tons of juicy peaches, nectarines, apricots, berries, grapes, cherries, tomatoes, and greens to have on hand for breakfast and lunch. As our first experience with being 100% vegan overseas, we were delighted to find that it was not only going to be a breeze, but that it was going to be a real treat!

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Travel Is Connection

On our second visit to the market, we actually ran into one of our YouTube favorites, Guy Turland, of Bondi Harvest, from Australia. We flagged him down and had a quick chat, and he said to let him know if we were ever in LA, (where he now lives), and we'd shoot an episode together--we're holding him to it! ;) Unfortunately, we forgot to snag a photo with Guy, but be sure to check out his incredible YouTube channel!

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Classic Italian, Vegano-Style

One of the nights in Venice, we used the Happy Cow app, which I highly recommend for finding fabulous vegan dining when traveling. We found ourselves a delicious vegan pizzeria, Pizzeria L'Angelo, and ordered a veggie pizza to eat in the town square. On another night, we ate at a gorgeous, authentic Italian restaurant, and enjoyed bruschetta and pasta marinara--simple and delizioso!

We were also able to find a vegan gelateria, (that we of course, revisited), right by our hotel! Many gelaterias will have vegan options--your best bet is just to ask. You can say "vegano?" or "soya?" because many times soy milk is used as a dairy-alternative. Common dairy-free flavors appeared to be the fruity and dark chocolate ones--fragola (strawberry), limone (lemon), mango (mango), and cioccolato (chocolate).

Sunshine + Style

The weather was perfect--not a drop of rain, nothing but sunny skies, and temperatures ranging from 80-90 degrees! Dusty and I agreed that we both overpacked. I brought pants and a few long-sleeve options with me that i never even came close to needing, in fact, I didn't wear my shorts or tanks, either! I'm glad I brought a handful of sundresses and sandals, because that's all I needed to stay cool and comfortable!

I also brought a couple of scarves for evenings, which came in handy, because most churches require you to cover your shoulders to enter. My other lifesaver was my sunhat, which pressed flat into my suitcase, and was perfect for beach and pool days. Dusty bought his first pair of Toms right before the trip, and he swears by them! I don't know how my feet never got sore in sandals, but I also made sure to have my Toms with me, just in case.

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Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.

The Bare Essentials

Our advice is to pack light especially if you're visiting Italy in the summer months. This way you'll also have room to bring things home--which, trust me, you will want to! Ladies, stick to flowy dresses, scarves, comfortable sandals and flats, and a sunhat. One other tip--my curling iron burned out a few days into the trip, so I recommend finding one when you get there. Guys, lightweight linens are the way to go--if you don't have any, buy them there! Every stop along the way, we found amazing, local, hand-crafted linen shops.

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Travel, Wander, Explore

Our biggest takeaway from Venice, or Venezia, was to "Get Lost & Find Yourself." Leave behind old thoughts and habits that aren't serving you, ditch the drama, loosen the reins, give up the control, and let things come to you! Be free!

Stay tuned for EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Flourish In Florence, coming up next! We will be bringing you more helpful insight on being plant-based abroad, as well as more food, fashion, and fun! Also be sure to check the EatMoveRest YouTube channel for the latest recap there! Until next time, explore more!

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Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream: An Herbal, Antioxidant-Packed, Bouquet In A Bowl

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Spring Has Sprung

April showers have brought on an abundance of promised May flowers! White tents are popped up in parking lots, brimming with leafy and flowering plants, bike paths and sidewalks are lined with the sweet scent of fresh blooms and treetops are aflutter with chirping birds and chasing squirrels. The farmer's market is in full swing and berries are ripe for the picking. 

The other night, the hubby and I were watching one of my favorite movies, It's Complicated, with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin, and I swoon every time I lay eyes on the dreamy, California home, garden, and bakery that Streep's character gets to call life. At one point in the movie, she mentions a bowl of Lavender ice cream, and the idea stuck with me.

Lavender makes the world stand still.
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LAVENDER

NICE CREAM

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Lavender Love

Lavender is known for it's stress and anxiety-relieving properties and its sweet scent evokes a calm and relaxed state of mind. On top of that, lavender can be used to heal minor wounds and burns, reduce acne, restore skin complexion, alleviate headaches, and aid in a restful night's sleep. For more on lavender its benefits, check out this quick, 3-minute video on NutritionFacts.org!

I'm a lavender addict--from dried sprigs sprinkled throughout our home, to essential oils wafting from my bed sheets to a calming cup of tea and a good book at the end of a long day. While at Open Harvest, our local co-op, I wandered through the herbal and supplement aisle to explore, as I often do. To my delight, I stumbled upon a large glass container of organic, dried lavender flowers, typically used for brewing your own tea. It was a 90-degree day, and all of a sudden, the idea of creating my own version of Lavender Nice Cream didn't sound half bad!

My cart was already lined with the obligatory assortment of berries that dominate my breakfasts and snacks, so I thought I'd use my favorite-of-the-moment, blackberries, to create the perfectly purple bowl of dairy-free, fruitfully delicious, Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream

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Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream

Nothing says spring has sprung, like a cool, frozen treat combining two of the season's finest--fresh-picked blackberries and luscious lavender. This bouquet of flowers in a bowl will leave you feeling blissed out, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert!

raw vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, herbal, antioxidant-packed deliciousness

serves: 2 // time: 5 min

 

ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups blackberries
  • 4-5 frozen, ripe, freckled bananas
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 1.5 cups hot water

method:

  1. Place lavender into tea ball or sachet and place in tea cup. Pour hot water over top and allow tea to brew for 8-10 minutes.
  2. While tea is steeping, add frozen bananas and blackberries to high-speed blender. 
  3. Add anywhere from a splash to the entire cup of tea into the blender, depending on the thickness you prefer.
  4. Scoop or pour into bowl or glass and sprinkle with a dusting of lavender. Top with blackberries and other fruit of your choice and enjoy!

notes:

  • If you don't have dried lavender, simply substitute a lavender tea bag or a couple drops of food-grade, lavender essential oil.
  • You may also brew the lavender tea ahead of time and chill in the refrigerator.
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The Perfect Mother's Day Delight

Related Recipe:

Raw Vegan Blackberry Cheesecake (this recipe also tastes great with love + lavender added in!)

Spring is here, the berries are bright, the lavender is abloom, and most importantly--Mother's Day is around the corner! What better way to say I Love You to Mom, than with a sweet treat, made specially for her! Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there, and mom, I Love You! ;)

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Indian Red Lentil Dal + Curry Roasted Cauliflower w/ Brown Rice

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EatMoveRest Earth Day Retreat Re-Cap

More photos & info here!

Last weekend, Dusty and I hosted our very first EatMoveRest Retreat--and on Earth Day, nonetheless! We began the morning with a smoothie and superfood breakfast demo followed by some time getting to know each other. We gave a presentation on how to Eat, Move, and Rest better, and then broke for lunch. We enjoyed a raw foods, fruit and veggie buffet and went into some plant-based education after. We were worried about rain all week leading up, but Mother Nature cooperated and gave us a perfectly sunny day, so we were able to go outside and I lead us in through a yoga flow on the island. We concluded the day with some giveaways, so everyone went home with something! Dusty and I had a great time, and can't wait to bring more EatMoveRest events to all of you! 

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What's Cookin'?

Between our retreat attendees and online followers from YouTube and social media, we have been getting a bunch of requests for more cooked recipes. We tend to share a lot of raw food recipes because we eat mostly raw foods. That being said, our favorite type of food to eat when we go out is Indian cuisine. While it can be super easy to find delicious vegan options at ethnic restaurants like Indian, Thai, and Japanese, the dishes can still be laden with oils, refined carbohydrates, and too much salt. Needless to say, we took it upon ourselves to begin learning how to cook our favorite Indian restaurant dishes at home!

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Dinner + A Movie

The other night, Dusty and I finally had dinner and a movie--without our devices! It had been a long time coming--lately we'd gotten into a bad habit of bringing our computers downstairs with us while we started a movie, and we would wind up getting roped into working and not spending time together. It was a good night to watch a movie with undivided attention, because it was an awesome one! We had just finished our favorite, home-cooked, Indian meal consisting of red lentil dal and curry roasted cauliflower with a side of brown rice, and sat down on the couch to scroll through AppleTV for a good, new movie. We came across a new release titled, Lion, starring Dev Patel, from the well-known, Slumdog Millionaire (also a great flick)! I can't recommend this movie enough! The combination of the recipe below and this movie will make for the perfect, eastern-inspired date night in, or fun for the whole family!

Give Your Meal a Pow, with Curry Powder!

Curry powder is the one-stop-shop for all things Indian cuisine. Many traditional recipes call for only a couple of staple ingredients (like lentils, rice, and cauliflower), and a heaping handful of various spices. If you don't have a fully-stocked spice cabinet, then curry powder can be a great way to achieve a similar, classic Indian-flavored dish. The type of organic curry powder that I use contains: coriander, turmeric, mustard, cumin, fenugreek, paprika, cayenne, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves--phew! So you can see what I mean...it can be a lot easier to use this perfectly-proportioned spice than to go out and get 10 different types of individual spices.

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Curry powder is know for it's anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties--and especially turmeric. What's more, is that black pepper has been shown to boost the bioavailability of curcumin--the component of turmeric that can help to ward off cancer and other diseases and disorders of inflammation. Dusty and I always add freshly cracked black pepper to our Indian dishes, just to get the full benefit of the spices. For more info, watch this quick video on Boosting the Bioavailability of Curcumin, by Dr. Greger of NutritionFacts.org.

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Indian Red Lentil Dal + Curry Roasted Cauliflower w/ Brown Rice

This classic, restaurant-style Indian dinner will fill your home with the warm scent of traditional, eastern spices, and fill your belly with delicious and nutritious, plant-based foods that won't leave you feeling sluggish and weighed down. Curry powder serves as the one-stop-shop that when dusted on anything, will provide the perfectly proportioned medley of spices to flavor up your dinner plate!

vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, low fat

serves: 2-4 // time: 45 min

ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice

red lentil dal

  • 1 cup split red lentils
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • salt + pepper to taste

curry roasted cauliflower

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cup peas
  • curry powder to taste
  • salt + pepper to taste

method:

brown rice

  1. Rinse brown rice in fine, mesh strainer and place in shallow pot or frying pan with two cups water. Bring to boil and reduce heat to low. Place lid on, slightly cracked, and allow to simmer. Cook about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. When liquid is almost completely absorbed, fluff with fork and scoop into dish and cover.

red lentil daal

  1. Dice yellow onion and mince garlic cloves and set aside.
  2. Rinse red lentils in fine, mesh strainer and place in shallow pot or frying pan with two cups water, and turn heat on high.
  3. Add yellow onion, garlic, curry powder, salt, and pepper and stir to mix spices.
  4. Bring to boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Place lid on top. Cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. When ingredients are cooked, scoop half into a NutriBullet or small food processor and briefly blend until uniform consistency is achieved.
  6. Pour back into pan and mix with remaining lentils. Scoop into dish and cover.

curry roasted cauliflower

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Slice red onion and measure out 1 cup of frozen green peas and set aside.
  3. Break head of cauliflower into bite-size florets and place on baking sheet lined with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper.
  4. Drizzle cauliflower with a few handfuls of water to moisten, and sprinkle with a dusting of curry powder.
  5. Place into oven for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Take cauliflower out of oven, toss, and add red onions to baking sheet along with cauliflower. Bake for another 8-10 minutes.
  7. Remove onions and cauliflower from oven, toss, and sprinkle peas on top. Place back into over one last time for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet.
  9. Plate up your red lentil dal, roasted cauliflower, brown rice, and mix together if desired!

notes:

  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lemon for authentic, restaurant-style taste!
  • Goes great with a side of whole wheat naan, or paratha, (traditional Indian bread similar to pita), for dipping and scooping.
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Curry In A Hurry

If you're a big fan of Indian cuisine like Dusty and I, check out this related, colorfully protein-packed recipe: 

If you've never tried Indian food, these recipes will be the perfect crash course, and I promise you won't be disappointed! Until next time, EatMoveRest your best, and enjoy your seasonal fruits and veggies in abundance!

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Antioxidant Açaí Bowl: A Superfood Breakfast of Champions

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Açaí You, Baby!

Every time the hubby and I go on vacation somewhere, the first thing we do is seek out the nearest juice and smoothie bar. As much as I hate to leave my Vitamix behind, waking up every morning to a fresh, cold-pressed green juice and an Açaí Bowl more than satisfies--plus, it's nice to get a break from having to do it myself!

These super-tasty superfood bowls have taken smoothie shops and juiceries by storm, and for good reason--açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is chock full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. All that being said, you can bring vacation right to your kitchen with just a few simple ingredients!

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The Basics

  • source + location
    • pronounced ah-sigh-ee, this superfruit comes from the dark purple berries of a tropical palm tree
    • indigenous to Central and South America; commonly harvested from the Amazonian rainforests of Brazil
  • contents + benefits
    • one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet; contains antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, protein, fiber, and several micronutrients including resveratrol, calcium, magnesium, and iron
    • antioxidants improve overall health and attack disease-causing free radicals in the body, great for energy and focus, low-glycemic, low sugar and can help fight off weight gain and combat cravings, protein and fiber help to keep fuller longer
  • amount + uses
    • 1 tbsp powder or 1-2 frozen packs
    • mixed in with smoothies or "nice cream," this makes an antioxidant-packed tropical treat; beverages, and desserts
  • taste + fun facts
    • creamy and tart berry flavor with chocolate undertones
    • harvest and sales of the crop generates income for native communities and is a great alternative to deforestation and habitat destruction

For more info on Superfoods, check out:

 My Top 10 Superfoods

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ORAC Value

Free radicals are caused by our exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants, like cigarette smoke, alcohol consumption, excessive sun exposure, smog, chemicals in household cleaners and personal care products--even stress can cause inflammation and oxidation to occur in the body. When we consume a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods like fruits and vegetables, we are getting a healthy dose of antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals. This process helps to fight off illness and disease, and combats premature aging. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of a substance measures its antioxidant level, and subsequent free radical-fighting ability.

Açaí most definitely earns its place as a superfood, due to its super high ORAC score:

  • Banana: 795
  • Spinach: 1,687
  • Red Delicious Apple: 4,275
  • Wild Blueberries: 9,621
  • Açaí Berry: 102,700
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Amp Up

Amp up your antioxidants with an Açaí Bowl and reap all of the health benefits that come along with it! No need break the bank at the local juicery to indulge in this sweet treat when you can make it right at home!

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Antioxidant Açaí Bowl

Açaí bowls are all the rage! Most juice bars and smoothie shops come fully equipped with an assortment of variations of these delectable superfood smoothie bowls. It's easier than ever to treat yourself anytime at home, with a few simple ingredients! Açaí is extremely high in anti-aging phytonutrients and disease-fighting antioxidants and will give you that extra oomph to get you through your day without the need for refined sugar and stimulants! Pure, simple, whole, and delicious!

raw vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, antioxidant-packed!

serves: 2 // time: 10 min

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ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen, ripe, freckled bananas
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 frozen, unsweetened açaí packs
  • 1 cup coconut water, almond milk, or water
  • 1 scoop raw vegan, vanilla SunWarrior protein powder (optional)
    • use discount code SW20 for 20% off your purchase
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    method:

    1. Place all frozen ingredients into high-speed blender and top with liquid of choice.
    2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
    3. Pour into 2 bowls and top with fruit and other whole-food ingredients--some of my favorites are bananas, mangos, kiwis, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, dried mulberries, and coconut flakes! Enjoy!

     

    notes:

      • for an extra indulgent boost, try topping with other flavorful and nutritious ingredients like almond butter, cacao nibs, cinnamon, granola, hemp, chia, and ground flax
      • If using fresh young coconut water, check out the CocoJack to easily crack open your coconut! Use discount code EATMOVEREST for 10% off your purchase!

      *nutrition:

      • macronutrients: 337 calories per serving // 68.9g carbs // 5.4g protein // 7g fat
      • micronutrients: 41% vitamin A // 123% vitamin C // 75% fiber // 19% folate // 15% iron // 12% calcium

      *from cronometer.com

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      Join me in the kitchen to watch me whip up an Antioxidant Açaí Bowl! Be sure to Subscribe to the EatMoveRest channel, hit the bell symbol to turn on Notifications to stay up-to-date on new videos, Like the video by giving it a thumbs up, show some love and leave us a Comment, and Share with family and friends!


      Superfood, Super You!

      Satisfy your sweet tooth while doing your body good with an antioxidant-rich Açaí Bowl--perfect for breakfast or lunch, pre- or post-workout!

      Show some love! Be sure to take a snapshot of your smoothie bowl creation and tag me on Instagram by using the hashtag #EatMoveRest!

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