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As I still consider myself a “newbie” to Hawaii living, everyday I am exploring and discovering the color and culture of this beautiful place. Living in a tropical paradise means sporadic rain showers, gorgeous rainbows, clear turquoise beaches, fresh fish, and colorful fruits! Hawaii is known for many wonderful foods—a staple being an acai bowl.
Although they are colorful and sweet, traditional acai bowls are packed with sugar! It has been hot and humid this week, so this sugar free version is a tasty, healthy and cool treat!
Compared to other berries, this tropical grape like fruit is full of omega fatty acids. A species of palm trees, acai berry has been cultivated for centuries and is a staple of the Amazonian diet. These dark purple clusters are high in anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids and low in sugar—and will not cause a blood sugar imbalance.
Blend acai, flax seed, coconut milk, coconut mana/dates together until smooth.
Spoon yogurt into bottom of bowl and scoop frozen acai blend on top.
Top with crushed nuts, fresh fruit, raw honey, or cacao nibs!
Great as a post work-out snack!
Exercise stimulates the lymph to flush out toxins. Toxins flow out of the body through bile—increasing good quality fats will stimulate bile production and removal of toxins. Adding fat to your diet will help detoxify and remove toxins and wastes!
Fat is an key to managing inflammation in the body. Adding healthy quality fats will decrease inflammation and build healthy muscle tissue following exercise.
After exercise, the body needs nutrients, but the digestive system is still stimulated. Food can only be digested in a relaxed or parasympathetic state. Eating foods high in enzymes and probiotics will be easy to digest!
Rainy spring days and my husband out to sea for the week calls for lots of baking projects and books to read. There is something about a warm pastry with melted butter that makes gloomy days cheerful—maybe its the delicious flavor or the smell of butter reminding me of the morning aroma of French patisseries. Spring comes early in Hawaii and with that lots of juicy strawberries and fresh, colorful fruits!
Strawberries are naturally sweet and colorful, the perfect addition to your plate.
2 1/4 cups almond flour
4 tbsp coconut flour
4 tbsp kefir
3 tbsp melted butter or ghee
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of salt
Combine all ingredients, except for the strawberries.
Mix thoroughly with an electric hand mixer for 1-2 minutes.
Slice strawberries into small cubes and fold into the dough
Scoop dough onto greased cookie sheet
Bake at 350 for 18 minutes**
**Depending on how juicy your strawberries are you will have to adjust the baking time appropriately.
I usually add raw honey to my baked goods, but strawberries are so juicy and sweet that I left out the honey. Strawberries are the perfect fruit as they are low in sugar and will not spike your blood sugar. If you want something a little sweeter, drizzle some raw honey on top when serving. These scones are a great breakfast or snack as they are packed with protein!
Best when served warm with a pad of butter for a perfect snack or dessert!
Where to find the ingredients…
Almond Flour, I use Honeyville as it is finely ground and great for baking (I would not recommend Bob’s Red Mill almond flour as it is very grainy)