Friday, August 19, 2016

My Dessert for Breakfast Diet!

Dessert for breakfast diet? Wait .. what?! 
Yea you heard that right. Dessert, for breakfast, while staying healthy AND losing weight! 
I can just hear the angels singing now

"But how Ashley?" you may ask ...

SIMPLE. Superfoods + wholesome ingredients = a Power Bowl to wake up your metabolism and your taste buds.

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I first started making these smoothie years ago, attempting to squelch my inner fat kid dreams of daily ice cream sundaes lol I figured frozen fruit had to be better for me than ice cream & let's face it - you could drizzle an old boot with peanut butter and coconut and I'd think it was a delicacy ...

Fast forward to 2013, I'm living in San Diego, California, and I keep seeing these "acai bowls" everywhere. They looked great and I heard there was peanut butter - so obviously had to experience this goodness. Austin and I sat down in a little cafe in the Gaslamp before work  and ordered our first Acai Bowl. This massive bowl filled with fruits and nuts and granola and gobs of peanut butter and honey showed up in front of me and I dug my spoon in deep. 
It was freaking delicious. I couldn't stop shoveling it in. As I really started to actually taste every ingredient - I realized how badly we were just ripped off.
$10 for a yummy bowl, of which I (and most likely you) have all the ingredients to at home. It took about 50 second to throw a bunch of stuff in a blender, pour it into a bowl and top it with some stuff straight from a bag... 

I never bought another one again.

And the best part about making it from home is you control exactly what ingredients you include, you know the quality of what you're eating, and you can experiment!

- bottom layer* -     
1 scoop vegan shakeology
1 frozen banana
3/4 cup frozen fruit of choice (strawberries, dark cherries, mango, etc)
6-8 ounces liquid (water, milk, almond milk, rice milk, etc)
- top layer* -     
1/4 cup organic granola
1 tsp raisins (or other dried fruit)
1/2 tbs unsweetened coconut
1/2 tbs nut butter (unsweetened peanut, cashew, almond, etc) 
1 tsp chopped nuts

    1. Put all bottom layer ingredients in blender - blend until smooth
(should be thick consistency)
     2. Pour into Bowl
3. Top with ingredients of your choice

* this is where you get to experiment! Some of my very best superfood smoothie bowls have been spur of the moment creations. Try out different fruits, nut butters, spices, etc for a tasty treat!

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