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Acai Bowls 

21 Oct
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Those butter avocados came from a tree in my yard

I moved to Hawaii nearly 2 1/2 years ago, and there were many new foods I had never seen or heard about before living here.  Shave ice**, Poke, Musubi, Loco Moco, and Acai Bowls…there have been so many new foods I have experienced!

One that I’ve loved is the Acai Bowl.  These are for sale everywhere here, usually around 8 dollars a pop (GAH!!).  Because I am living life and not blogging much, I just assumed Acai Bowls are everywhere on the mainland by now and are not a novel concept anymore.  However, when my uber-hip, jet-setting sister told me she had never heard of them, I decided to let you all in on this really fun treat, just in case you haven’t seen them or were not sure what is in one.  This is just fun to eat.  It’s breakfast, a cold snack, or comforting dessert.

1 Packet of frozen Sambazon Acai puree
1/4 cup liquid (I use water but you can use any juice or milk you prefer)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or any frozen berry)
1/2 frozen banana

Throw them all in blender and mix.  Consistency should be of a soft sorbet, you’ll have to scrape down the sides if you aren’t using a Vitamix with its tamper. Top with your favorite toppings: sliced fruit, coconut, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, and a drizzle of honey if you want an extra kiss of golden sweetness.

Next time you see these Acai Packets, grab them.  THIS is what to make.
Enjoy!!
Leigh

**It’s not “shaved” ice.  Shave Ice.  Say “shaved” and you’re definitely a tourist!

If you’re in my neck of the woods, let’s meet up at Surfer’s Coffee Bar for one of the best Acai Bowls on Oahu!!

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Liquid Breakfast.

30 Apr

I am not a proponent of smoothies.  Drinking calories, as it were.  In my heart, I feel that smoothies can be sugary calorie bombs, without providing satiety.  I scoff at the Vitamix guy at Costco making them for people, proclaiming the health benefits…then when no one is looking he caps it off with a 1/2 cup of agave.

Enter 4th child.  This season of life, I am looking for time hacks around every corner.  I have perfected the art of the 40-second shower, stopped folding our laundry, and (gasp!) started drinking my breakfast.

Because the days of softly scrambled eggs topped with natural sausage, over sautéed greens and sliced avocado are gone for a while.  Sorry breakfast, you are not a life-event anymore.

It’s so handy!  It’s only taken me 100 tries to get it to taste right.  🙂  My hubby and I drink this a few times a week now.  We tweak it with a spoonful of nut butter here and there, and I always throw in my prenatal vitamins.  They are the worst.

Pile these ingredients into the blender in the following order:

1. 3/4 c milk of your preference
2. 1/2 c cottage cheese (sorry–dairy.  Sub 1/2 avocado, but up the liquid.)
3. 1 c greens (packed & overflowing out of the cup)
4. 1 frozen banana broken into 3 pieces
5. 1/2 c frozen mango–or any frozen fruit

Blend until smooth.

 Vitamix is nice and fastest, but it is not necessary.  Greens? Check.  Potassium?  Check.  Protein? Check.  Breakfast done, and well-rounded enough for me.  Carpe diem!

Kid Approved. Alternatively titled: Got Smoothie?

This is the same recipe, substituting the blueberries with mango.

This is the same recipe, I used blueberries instead of mango.

Piggies in a Pancake

11 Aug

This weekend my kids were begging to make cake pops and I indulged them, of course–mostly because we have a cake pop machine that takes the hassle out of the usual time-consuming preparation. Then, perhaps it was my newfound (yet very much delayed!) interest in Pinterest affecting my brain, but I began to try various different cake pop options. My favorite was the breakfast cake pop: a paleo friendly twist on something my kids repeatedly beg for in the freezer breakfast section. Next on my list to try will be a corn dog variation. Anything cute and portable always seems to get the kids’ approval!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup nut flour (I’ve been hooked on cashew meal from Trader Joe’s lately)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
1/4 raw honey, maple syrup or sub 2 mashed bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
links of your favorite nitrate free breakfast sausage, cooked and cut in pieces

Preparation:

Preheat cake pop maker or oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and whisk into a smooth thick batter.

For mini muffins: Grease tins with coconut oil liberally, add a bit of batter, place your piece of sausage, add remainder of batter to cover sausage. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

For cake pop maker: Grease cake pop maker with coconut oil, add a bit of batter, place your piece of sausage, add remainder of batter to cover sausage. Bake for 2-4 minutes until done, or according to your machine instructions. They get done very fast!

Make a couple of batches and refrigerate or freeze leftovers for easy, fast, or on-the-go school day breakfasts!

Enjoy!

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