Thursday, September 25, 2014

Brazilian Breakfast of Champions: Acai Bowls



Lately, I've been really big into blended fruit bowls for breakfast. They contain enough sweetness to wake me up and give me energy for a long day full of whatever it decides to throw my way. I find that it’s also a great snack any time you need a pick-me-up or some added energy around that slumming 2:00 feeling time. What I've found though is that although they taste delicious, they can quickly add up if you’re buying them everyday, not to mention the fact that they're nearly impossible to find where I live, and since have decided to start making them on my own. If you’re not familiar with acai it’s an antioxidant rich berry from the Brazilian amazon, loaded with protein, and a host of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids - making it a wonderful way to start your day!









Ingredients:

2 packets frozen acai puree (3.5 oz)
1 banana frozen (cut in pieces)
1 handful of frozen blueberries
scant 1/4 cup orange or apple juice
scant 1/4 cup almond milk
1 scoop protein powder (optional



Toppings (have a little fun here!):
mango
blueberries
strawberries
banana
granola
goji berries



Take the acai packets (I usually get mine from the brand Sambazon at Whole Food's - so good!) out of the freezer and and break them apart before opening. I suggest letting them set out on the counter for a few minutes to make this a little easier. Now, put the acai chunks, blueberries, and frozen banana pieces into the blender. Pour in a small amount of juice or almond milk and (optional) protein powder. Between blends you may have to open up the blender, move things around a bit, and scrape the sides or push down the fruits to keep things moving. Once you begin to blend you will be able to see how much liquid you need - go from there and adjust the thickness to your own desire, although; most people (like myself) like to create a very thick sorbet-like consistency.





And, walla! You can use whatever toppings you like - I prefer and always seem to cut up any leftover bananas or fresh fruit and usually add coconut shreds, almond slices and for an added kick of energy I'll pour on a little bee pollen.


Enjoy!



xoxo

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pearly Girl



Today is the final installment of Extraordinary Fashion Week, and we're ending it on a glam note. I have to be honest here, this girl is all about pearls. I'll admit, I am probably a bit biased to them because they're my birth stone, but that in no way lessens how glamorous they are. The way I see it is that they add that certain je ne se quois to an outfit by simply being these - just take my new double pearl earrings for example. Alone the combination of a sweater and jeans is simplistic and understated, but add a pair of pearl earrings to the mix and you suddenly have a look worthy of date night. After all, the best glam is done in the simplest way, and what's simpler than throwing on a pair of earrings or a bracelet?


xoxo

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Double G Standard




I don't know about you, but come Fall all I really want to wear are neutrals. And lucky for me, this trend surfaced just in time. Only recently did I realize how chic an entirely grey outfit can be; gone are the days of the middle school groutfit and in are the days of the sophisticated monochromatic look. Even green, which I always feared would make me appear as a giant lime or military brat is taken down in level of ostentatiousness to become a sleeker, and more slimming color, and who doesn't want to look a little thinner when there are 5 different coats piled on top of them?



xoxo