EAT 

TUESDAY 8 JULY 2014

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I think you all may have fallen off your chairs at the thought of me posting something healthy. ... okay okay!!  but lets admit it looks far from it right !!! I jumped on the acai bowl craze after lusting over so many beautiful images on Instagram and just recently I finally gave in to just looking at the pictures and made myself a bowl. Let me tell you they taste as good as they look. I am here to share with you what should be your new breakfast in a bowl.

Since the Acai fruit is not available in Abu Dhabi I've made my own version but steered it around the same concept as an Acai Bowl ultimately it is a smoothie in a bowl with some yummy toppings. It takes minutes to make and you can heighten your daily intake of omega fibre and antioxidants.... I sound way too informed. 

I was genuinely interested but sceptical at the same time about the seeds and berries people are topping their bowls with and and thought to give it try, whilst some people are calling these super foods with extra special qualities I'm not sure I am stronger or faster than a speeding bullet after it's intake. I do however enjoy the crunchy goji berries and although the chia seeds are lost in the smoothie (thank god for that I don't appreciate eating bird food)  the coconut and almond add some texture and taste... .so all is not lost in the world of supposed super foods after all!!

RED BOWL

  • 1 Cup of frozen red berries
  • 3/4 Cup vanilla low fat yoghurt (or 1/4 cup of greek yoghurt w/ 2 Tblspoons vanilla protein powder)
  • 1 peeled frozen banana
  • Blend all ingredients together in a blender 
  • Add toppings : I used chia seeds, goji berries, shredded coconut, slivered almonds and baked oats raspberries

BLUE BOWLS

  • 1 Cup of frozen blue/black berries
  • 3/4 Cup of vanilla low fat yoghurt (or 1/4 cup of greek yoghurt w/ 2 Tblspoons vanilla protein powder)
  • 1 peeled frozen banana
  • Blend all ingredients together in a blender
  • Add toppings I used :  fresh blue/black berries, banana, and baked oats.

Goji Berries - it’s a delicious tiny berry that tastes like a raisin and a cranberry mixed together. They’re high in minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium; high in vitamins A, C, B2;  high in phytochemicals such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and containpolysaccharides. Goji berries also contain 18 amino acids, 11 essential amino acids, making them a good source of plant protein as well.

Chia Seeds - Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, "Chia" means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, andcalcium. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.

Coconut - high in saturated fat (about 90%) and comprised of 65% MCT or medium chain triglycerides from lauric and myristic acids. Contains natural anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties as well as cosmetic uses for your hair, skin, and nails.

Almonds - are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, and are associated with a number of health benefits. Just a handful of almonds, approximately one ounce, contains one-eighth of our necessary daily protein7