Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

I love smoothies as much as the next basic betch, but rarely do I feel satisfied when I drink one alone for breakfast. It’s not that they can’t contain all the goodies you need for a healthy breakfast, it’s just that I haven’t chewed anything. Cue my obsession with smoothie BOWLS. Exact same ingredients just with a little granola on top and a spoon—makes all the difference. Try this peanut butter protein acai bowl the next time you want to eat your morning smoothie.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Yield: 1 bowl

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen pack acai (I use 100g packs from Sambazon that you can find at Whole Foods)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (I like my bowls thick so I usually do frozen)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (+1-2 tbsp to reach desired consistency)
  • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 handful spinach (optional)*
  • Topping of choice (granola, fresh fruit, shredded coconut, peanut butter drizzle, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. If you have an older blender, it can be helpful to break the acai pack up into chunks beforehand. Start with 1/4 cup of almond milk and if the consistency is too thick, add 1 tbsp at a time until it's at your desired thickness.
  2. Get creative with your toppings. Granola, fresh fruit, dried fruit, shredded coconut, etc.

Notes

*Adding spinach will slightly dull the vibrant purple color of your smoothie bowl. Don't be alarmed if it doesn't look like mine does in the pictures—it'll still be delicious (and have that leafy green nutritional boost!).

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Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

For the protein powder, I use this raw, plant-based one from Garden of Life. I add protein to smoothies and drinks maaaaybe once a week, if that, so I certainly don’t have an expert opinion on brands, but I do think this one is really yummy if you’re looking for a recommendation! You could also totally make this peanut butter protein acai bowl without the protein powder.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

Some other acai recipes from the archives:

Any time I do a gallery of images like this, I always laugh at how bad my photography skills used to be. I’m no pro now, but jeeze, it looks like I took those early pictures with a throwaway camera in a dark basement (lol).

Happy Sunday, friends!

Jackfruit Buddha Bowl with a Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

This jackfruit buddha bowl recipe is unique yet simple, containing only six ingredients.

This post is sponsored by Bertolli. All opinions—as always!—are my own. 

One thing that’s been really fun about moving towards a fully plant-based diet is discovering new creative ways to use plants in cooking. You’ve probably been seeing jackfruit pop up more frequently as an alternative to shredded pork and chicken and if you haven’t tried it, now’s your chance. This jackfruit buddha bowl is simple (just six ingredients) yet unexpected (jackfruit and kumquat say what?!).

I’m teaming up with Bertolli on this recipe because I love that the brand celebrates the enjoyment of food and cooking while staying consistent with today’s growing health consciousness. Their Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is non-GMO and verified USDA Organic, made from organic olives and produced using organic farming standards. Bertolli is the number one oil brand in the world with over 150 years of expertise in olive oil blending and inspires simple yet unexpected dishes.

This jackfruit buddha bowl recipe is unique yet simple, containing only six ingredients.

A note on cooking with jackfruit …

Especially if you’re new to cooking with jackfruit as a shredded meat replacement, I’d highly recommend canned. Just make sure it’s canned in water and not syrup. You can find canned jackfruit in Asian specialty food stores and probably in the Asian/International cuisine section of your grocery store as well.

Using fresh jackfruit is a fun adventure, but I find it impractical living in a city. Jackfruit are MASSIVE—bigger than most watermelon. No way I’m carrying that sucker back to my apartment! Sometimes Whole Foods will have slices of the jackfruit for sale in their chopped veggies section, but the problem with this is that they’re typically ripe or almost overripe. For this type of cooking, you actually want unripe jackfruit. I honestly haven’t mastered cooking with fresh jackfruit quite yet, so this recipe is based off using canned.

This jackfruit buddha bowl recipe is unique yet simple, containing only six ingredients.

Jackfruit Buddha Bowl with a Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

Yield: 2 bowls

Jackfruit Buddha Bowl with a Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook the rice. Bring 2 cups water and 1 cup brown rice to a boil in a pot on the stove. I like to add a splash of olive oil as well to prevent sticking (optional). Once it's boiling, reduce heat and simmer (covered) until cooked. It'll be about 40 minutes.
  3. While the rice cooks, prepare the vinaigrette. Whisk together 2 tbsp olive oil with kumquat juice. Add basil and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. Peel and chop the potatoes, strain and rinse the jackfruit.
  5. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Add the jackfruit, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water to the pan, reduce the heat, and simmer (uncovered) until all the water is gone (10-15 minutes).
  6. Transfer the jackfruit to a baking sheet (I recommend lining with parchment paper) along with the potatoes. Drizzle the potatoes with remaining olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes.
  7. Assemble your bowl. Add rice, sweet potatoes and jackfruit to a bowl. Drizzle with your vinaigrette. Garnish with basil.

Notes

* You will probably have some leftover rice. I always make 1 cup incase Joe is hungry. If you don't want leftovers, you could get away with halving this. ** Make sure the jackfruit is canned in water, not syrup. *** Use lemon if you can't find kumquats at your local grocery store.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/06/28/jackfruit-buddha-bowl-citrus-basil-vinaigrette/

This jackfruit buddha bowl recipe is unique yet simple, containing only six ingredients.This jackfruit buddha bowl recipe is unique yet simple, containing only six ingredients.

Olive oil is often thought of as just another ingredient, but it’s integral to each step of this recipe and the final product wouldn’t be possible without it. From creating the base of the vinaigrette to sautéing the jackfruit to coating the sweet potato for baking, the full-bodied flavor of Bertolli is truly is the star of this dish. Grab a bottle at your local Albertsons or check out Villabertolli.com.

Have you ever used jackfruit as a shredded meat alternative?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli. The opinions and text are all mine.

Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie + Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by my friends at MegaFood. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the wonderful brands that make this blog possible. 🙂

So is it chia seed pudding or is it a smoothie? Both! I’ve mentioned before that sometimes—as delicious as they are—smoothies don’t fully satisfy me as a meal because I haven’t chewed anything. I’ll finish my smoothie then reach for something to eat. So the other day the idea popped into my head to just top my smoothie with something I could dig a spoon into. Duh. Friends, meet my delicious Frankenstein creation: the raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie.

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

You slurp down the smoothie portion with a straw as the chia seed pudding inches its way to the bottom of the glass, picking up streaks of yummy smoothie as it goes. When the last slurp gets stopped short with the thick pudding clogging the straw, your reach for your spoon and dig in.

One of my favorite smoothie add-ins is a scoop from one (or several) of MegaFood’s Daily Nutrient Booster Powders. You might remember these two recipes I posted last year using them:

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

For today’s raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie, I’m adding in a scoop of Daily Energy. This whole food powder is “mindfully crafted” to support a healthy, active lifestyle.* I love that phrase—”mindfully crafted”—and it really does sum up the way in which MegaFood approaches all its products. Daily Energy contains Eleuthero, Ashwagandha and Bacopa, herbs that have been celebrated through history for supporting a healthy stress response. It also contains FoodState® Chromium and Green Tea to help enhance mental alertness, focus and healthy metabolism.*

For those thinking, “What the heck is FoodState?”: MegaFood’s FoodState Nutrients are made with whole foods to provide essential vitamins and minerals. They’re gentle on the body and easy-to-digest, which is why you can take MegaFood supplements even on an empty stomach. I try to take my vitamins with breakfast, but some mornings I’m racing off to teach at the crack of dawn and it just doesn’t happen. I love that I can still take my multi without getting a stomach ache!

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie

Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½ heaping cup fresh raspberries
  • 1-2 tbsp packed fresh mint leaves (if you just want a subtle mint flavor do 1—I love mint so I usually do 2)
  • 1 banana, frozen*
  • 1 scoop Daily Energy
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk, plus more if needed to reach desired consistency
  • Toppings of choice: I used frozen raspberries (so the pictures would be pretty—in real life, I like fresh) and bee pollen. Granola or a little peanut butter would also be yummy!
  • For the chia seed pudding:
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3-4 raspberries, muddled (optional—this is just to give it a pink hue)

Instructions

  1. Stir together the chia seed pudding ingredients and let sit for 10 minutes (until gelled and thick).
  2. Blend smoothie ingredients in a high-speed blender. If too thick, slowly add coconut milk.
  3. Pour the smoothie into a glass then top with the chia seed pudding. Finish with desired toppings.
  4. Enjoy with a straw … then a spoon!

Notes

*If you only have fresh bananas on hand, you could use frozen raspberries instead of fresh. Just make sure one or the other is frozen so you get a good, thick smoothie texture.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/06/23/raspberry-mint-chia-seed-pudding-smoothie-giveaway/

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

You’ll notice in the above recipe that the chia seed pudding portion is really simple and plain. That’s because you’ll have smoothie remnants and toppings at the bottom of your glass to mix into it with each spoonful.

Daily Energy Instagram Giveaway

Before you run off to make your own chia seed pudding smoothie, hop on over to Instagram to enter to win a jar of Daily Energy Nutrient Booster Powder for you and a friend! Post is embedded below as well to make things easier.

To enter:

  • Follow @nicoleperr (that’s me) and @megafood on Instagram
  • Tag a friend in the comments section of my giveaway Instagram post (below)

That’s it! I’ll randomly pick a winner tonight and you and the friend you tagged will both receive some Daily Energy to take your smoothies to the next level.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.