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Antioxidant Açaí Bowl: A Superfood Breakfast of Champions

Eat, Food + Nutrition, RecipesErin StanczykComment

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!

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

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

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Water You Waiting For? Wake Up To A Lemon-Raspberry Sunrise

DIY, Eat, Food + Nutrition, RecipesErin StanczykComment

WATER IS LIFE!

...But water can also be super boring when there are so many other tastes out there in the beverage world. Rather than opting for soda, energy drinks, tea, or coffee, try adding some oomph to your water instead! Especially first thing in the morning, our bodies crave hydration. After having been on an overnight fast for several hours, the body needs a wake-up that isn't going to kick the digestive system into immediate overdrive. A tall glass of water is exactly what needs to happen! Adding lemon to your water can help to detoxify and cleanse the system, and although acidic outside of the body, inside it becomes alkaline, helping to neutralize any acid. It also gives you an immune-boosting dose of vitamin C!

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A KICK IN A GLASS!

I get bored with regular water sometimes and like to amp up the flavor without having to add sugar or caffeine. One of my favorite things to do is add lemon and/or other fruits, either fresh, or frozen in ice cubes, to my water. If I'm feeling extra ambitious, I like to add carbonation! I love to use my Sodastream to make my own bubbly, and simply add fruit or fruity ice cubes for flavor! Pre-bottled sparkling water also works great, but I highly recommend the Sodastream if you're like me and enjoy the fizz! <--Not a paid endorsement. :)

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KICKSTART YOUR MORNING

I was going to throw this quick blog post up tomorrow (Saturday) morning when you're likely wanting and needing it, but you're going to have to freeze these puppies overnight! This recipe, (if you even want to call it that) is super simple and I wasn't sure if it required an entire blog post devoted to it, but honestly, I took some fun photos of the process so I decided I might as well share! Who doesn't love a simple recipe that requires minimal effort anyway?!


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Lemon-Raspberry Sunrise Ice Cubes

This is the perfect way to enhance your water with a little kick of flavor and the cleansing antioxidant benefits thanks to the lemon and raspberries are an added bonus! To include even more excitement for your tastebuds, make it a sparkling water with my lemon-raspberry ice cubes! 

ingredients

  • half lemon
  • raspberries (or other favorite fruit)
  • purified water, or try coconut water
  • ice cube tray

method

  1. Fill up a glass of plain water or coconut water
  2. Stir in smooshed raspberries and a squeeze of half a lemon
  3. Pour into your ice cube tray and allow to freeze
  4. Toss a couple of ice cubes in your water first thing in the morning to give your body a cleansing and hydrating kickstart! Or for a happy hour delight, try adding your ice cubes to sparkling water!
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Water You Waiting For?!

Stay tuned for another awesome beverage that I've got coming your way! This one will be sure to warm you up and help you kick that cold to the curb! 

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BONUS!

This photo fit into my raspberry color scheme way too perfectly, so I thought I'd throw it in! If you're doing some online browsing and shopping this morning, check this out: J.Crew featured one of the photos I took of my first pair of #shinyponies that I received in the mail! If you're interested, read my previous blog post to get the scoop on my random contest win! ;) I'm still anxiously awaiting my next pair of free kicks!

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin 

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