Acai bowls have been a food craze for some time now. I remember having my first acai bowl when I was in high school and then seeing them everywhere when I was in Hawaii on vacation with my family (around 2009). Acai is a super food - packed with Vitamin K, C, A, B6, Omega-6, Omega-9, Potassium, Magnesium, antioxidants, etc. The acai berry is made up of 70% fat, which is actually why it is practically impossible to get your hands on the fresh berries in the US.
Getting ready for St. Patty's Day with this Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl featuring my favorite plant-based Vanilla Protein Powder from ALOHA. This is one of the best smoothie bowls I've made recently - so creamy with that natural mint flavor. You can find out more about my love for ALOHA products in my recents recipes for Berry Vanilla Chia Smoothie and Power Protein Bars.
I assembled this crazy, big veggie burger and wanted to share all the components with you. If you have all the ingredients on hand, or even switch it up with some of your own additions, you are in for one of the most satisfying veggie burgers that is so simple and quick to assemble. I added my own homemade hummus - the recipe is posted below - and topped it with ALL the goods.
If you've been keeping up with my Instagram posts and stories lately, you know that I've been on a major smoothie kick. I am constantly trying new variations of my favorite smoothies, but this recipe is one for the books. The chia seeds and ALOHA Vanilla Bean Protein powder are both packed with magnesium (among other things), which is great for increasing energy and helping digestion. This smoothie is so creamy and refreshing, and gives you the perfect fuel to start your day!
Finding a quality protein bar in the grocery store can sometimes feel like looking for a needle in a hay stack. There are a few brands that I really love, but a lot of them are filled with sugars, preservatives, artificial flavors, or inadequate protein sources. After talking to one of my friends, who goes out of her way every week to find protein energy balls/bars, I decided to take a stab at making my own. I'm so glad I did because I discovered how easy it is to make nutritious, protein-packed, energy bars that don't have any of the fillers and crap that I'm always trying to avoid.
Wings can get a bad rep for being an unhealthy bar food, but they don't have to be. This week I made a delicious homemade spicy barbecue sauce that used coconut sugar as the sweetener (you can read more about my love of coconut sugar in this recipe here) and tomato sauce instead of ketchup (steering clear of those added sugars). My roommate, who is a self proclaimed wing connoisseur, said they were amazing (so they must be, right?) AND she said she felt pretty healthy eating them. They definitely are healthier than bar room wings.
This is my first post in my new apartment in NYC! There are about a million and one pros to my new apartment, but there is one temporary, HUGE flaw. My gas is not currently turned on, so I can't cook with the stove or oven. The apartment was completely renovated before I moved in (which is awesome), but they re-did the kitchen and are waiting on the permit to turn the gas back on. I am going on week 3 with no stove. Rough.
Growing up, my dad use to make my brother and I pancakes or waffles every weekend. He had a shirt that we called his 'pancake shirt'. It was a maroon L.L.Bean plaid flannel - I am not sure why we decided that was going to be dad's pancaking making shirt, but it was. My dad hung this shirt in the coat closet near the kitchen and every weekend, my brother and I would run into the kitchen, dad would put on his pancake shirt and we would all make pancakes or waffles from scratch.