August 20, 2015

Acai Oat Smoothie Bowl

Acai Oat Smoothie Bowl

My best friend and I (hi, Ria!!!!!!!!!!!!!) always like to come up with pinot noir puns, as it’s our favorite drinko, dranko, drunko of choice when we go out. They vary from “do you agree with this or (pi)no(t)” to “pin-yes, I do agree” (say the latter pun out loud and feel wildly uncomfortable to be around yourself.)  While the puns are still flowing post-grad, for a lot of the time, the drinks are not.  I’ve gotten accustomed to my quiet lifestyle, and never really got into the habit of coming home to a glass / bottle of something after work.  Though I’m not drinking as much, I definitely do like to imbibe once in awhile.  After all, I’m a realist, and only in my early 20s. Despite the fact that I’m convinced my current lifestyle habits (e.g. gardening, watching HGTV, culturing my own kombucha bacteria) are propelling me into a state of early onset menopause, I still like to get a little goofy sometimes.  For the most part, my drink of choice is a glass (bottle?) of pinot, so I find it only appropriate to mimic its color for this week’s twist on a ~thirsty Thursday~ breakfast.  BUT, unlike its doppleganger, this meal is heavy on the detoxifying agents. Wine in my glass at night, detoxing acai in my glass in the morning.  IT’S THE DETOX RETOX, HOMIES – get on board. Or (pi)not, really it’s completely up to you. Recipe and superfood spotlight below!

Ingredients:

For oats:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 tbsp acai powder (I used Navitas Naturals)
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • pinch of salt

Let soak overnight

For smoothie:

  • 1 frozen acai pack
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk

Blend and layer! Donezo.

Superfood spotlight

Acai is loaded with antioxidants, as well as monounsaturated / polyunsaturated fatty acids. The berries also contain essential amino acids and other micronutrients, like polyphenols and flavonoids – all of which have great anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.  They’re also known for healing, immune-stimulating, and energy-boosting properties.  They aid in weight loss, help with digestive issues, improve cellular health and mental functioning, and even boost sex drive.  The added maca powder in the oats increases energy, boosts sex drive, improves complexion, and balances mood.

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