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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 EatMoveRest 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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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!

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Erin

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My Go-To Lean Green Protein Smoothie

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Breakfast of Champions

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A smoothie is the best way to pack a powerful punch of nutrient-rich superfoods into your diet. I've shared a handful of smoothie recipes on social media and my favorite combination is always evolving, however, I've been using this recipe for breakfast for about the past year, without fail, and I still can't get enough of it! I like to look at diet and nutrition as an experiment, and when I find something that works, I stick to it!

I love this green smoothie for so many reasons!

  1. It satisfies my sweet tooth without refined sugar.

  2. It gives me energy for work or a workout.

  3. The fruit disguises the bitter-tasting greens.

  4. It eliminates the need for a multi-vitamin.

  5. A smoothie bowl makes for a fun cereal replacement!

When Mother Nature is your doctor, then food is your medicine!

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Glow Green

When you drink this smoothie for breakfast, you could honestly probably eat french fries for the rest of the day and be just fine--not that you should, but just sayin'--it's loaded with the good stuff! If you're not a fan of eating a big bowl of chopped up "yard work," this smoothie might just become your best friend. Spinach, kale, and other dark, leafy greens can be difficult to acquire a taste for if you're not used to eating them, but I can't stress enough how important they are! Whether you're strictly plant-based or a meat-eater, greens should be a staple in all diets.

There's a lot of back-and-forth over how much fruit, grain, starches, meat, dairy, etc. that we should or shouldn't be eating, but one thing all diets and doctors can agree on is that dark, leafy green vegetables are a must! Greens are rich in nitrates, and when consumed, the body converts them into nitrites, and eventually into nitric oxide in the blood, which relaxes the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. Greens are also highly alkaline, which aids in reducing inflammation in the body. On top of that, they're rich also rich in fiber, folate, carotenoids, vitamins C & K, and minerals like calcium and iron. 

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Power-Players

Why I love these ingredients, in a nutshell:

  • Dark Leafy Greens & Barley Grass Juice Powder - alkalize the body and keep inflammation at bay, rich in protein, iron, calcium

  • Frozen Bananas - the perfect base to thicken and sweeten any smoothie

  • Pineapple - high in bromelain, which speeds up muscle repair and reduces inflammation

  • Green Apple - adds a tart punch - plus, an apple a day, keeps the you-know-who away!

  • Ginger + Cinnamon - warming to the body; stabilize blood sugar levels & reduce inflammation

  • Spirulina - akalizing, detoxifying, enhances athletic performance, speeds recovery, gives rich green color

  • Flax & Chia Seeds - high in heart-healthy Omega-3s & fiber

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It's important to note that the RDA recommends we only need 8-10% of our calories from protein. While my green smoothie is a great source of this vital macro-nutrient, it's also high in an arguably more important component--FIBER! Less than 3% of Americans suffer from a protein deficiency, while more than 97% are deficient in fiber. *More Info at Forks Over Knives


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Lean Green Protein Smoothie

raw vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, oil-free, alkalizing & energizing

Whether it's time for a workout, you just finished one, or you're on your way out the door in the morning, this meal in a glass is the best way to give your body everything it needs...and then some! This protein-packed, nutrient-dense green smoothie will satisfy your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar, thanks to its plant-powered, fiber-rich ingredients. Tropical fruits and tart, green apple mask the flavor of sometimes-bitter greens, allowing them to alkalize your body without giving you a gag reflex!

time: 10 min // serves: 2

Printable Recipe & BONUS Smoothie Formula PDF Here

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ingredients:

method:

  1. All superfood powders are optional, but the benefits are amazing! If you don't have them all on hand, no worries--the essentials are the whole, fresh greens and fruit!

  2. Chop and place ingredients into high-speed blender in order listed above and blend until smooth. Feel free to play around with water and ice amounts to achieve desired consistency. Use less water to make a smoothie bowl!

  3. Pour into 2 glasses (or bowls), cheers, and enjoy! Alternately, you can keep this smoothie all to yourself, saving half in the refrigerator to drink later, or simply cut the recipe quantities in half!

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notes:

  1. Protein powder is optional, but I highly recommend it, because it adds that extra satisfying sweet, vanilla flavor that really makes this smoothie pop! SunWarrior is my go-to, because it's completely raw vegan, organic, grain-free, and contains no additives. Use discount code "EatMoveRest" for a discount on your purchase!

  2. Purchasing whole flax seed is important, because when you buy it already ground up, it oxidizes rather quickly, causing nutrient-degradation. A quality, high-speed blender should have no problem blending up fresh, whole flax seeds.

  3. Experiment with other nutrient-dense superfood add-ins! Check out my blog post on My Top 10 Favorite Superfoods!

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What's In A Glass?

Below is a screen shot from Cronometer.com that gives you an idea of just how much protein you're getting from 100% plant-powered sources. I love using this website and app from time-to-time, to check in and make sure that I'm getting everything that I need. As you can see, if you split this recipe in half, you'll be getting around 430 calories and nearly 20 grams of protein--not to mention a plethora of other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!

Green Smoothie Cronometer

Need More Calories?

Dusty likes to add extra frozen bananas and/or extra protein powder to bump up the calories!

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Go Green

If you're toying with the notion of going plant-based, or just want to take your health to the next level, I challenge you to drink this smoothie for breakfast for 7 days and see how you feel! Don't be afraid to experiment and find a combination that works for you--and when you do, stick with it! No matter what, get those greens in!

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Erin

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