Acai berry bowl

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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.

Acai berry bowl

  • 1 acai berry frozen smoothie pack, unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut mana

A slightly sweeter affair…

  • 1 acai berry frozen smoothie pack, unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 3 pitted dates

Spoon frozen acai blend onto plain whole milk yogurt.

Toppings…

Directions

  • Allow frozen acai to defrost for 10 minutes.
  • 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!

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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!

Soaked and dehydrated nuts are an excellent source of enzymes (due to the soaking process) and protein!

Creamy Yogurt

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I should learn to be more careful of the things I say I will never make or do.  Homemade yogurt, when you can easily buy it at the store—NEVER!  Well, add this creamy yogurt to my list of new favorite foods.  Its quick and easy to make and tastes so fresh compared to any you can purchase at the grocery store.  Top with some fresh berries and you have a delicious and nutritious dessert.

Great topping for Saturday Morning Blueberry, Almond-Flour Pancakes.

Creamy Yogurt

Topped with fresh blueberries, crushed walnuts and sprinkled with cinnamon.

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