Açaí bowl

It’s no secret that my favorite appliance in my kitchen is my beloved vita-mix.  Yesterdays snack was an easy peasy and deliciously cold and creamy açaí bowl.  Açaí bowls are one of my all time favorite summer-time snacks/breakfasts, especially during the summer months when I’m in Hawaii.  But when I’m not in Hawaii, I like to make my own versions…

An easy snack bowl full of antioxidants, heart healthy omegas, and fiber!   (Açaí has double the amount of antioxidants blueberries have!)

I just blended a packet of unsweetened acai with half a frozen banana, a couple frozen strawberries and blueberries, splash of unsweetened almond milk, dollop of greek yogurt (for added protein), and a few ice cubes.  I topped it with a couple banana slices, granola, and a drizzle of honey.  Usually I’ll add fresh berries on top as well, but I unfortunately didn’t have any 😦 .

Since I’m sharing my #1 fave appliance I thought I might as well share my 2nd favorite.  My rice cooker is the 2nd most used gadget in my kitchen.  A lot of times people think of it as something that is only used to cook rice, but you can cook SO many other things in it…even brownies!

One of my favorite things to cook in my rice cooker is my brown rice pudding.  So adaptable to whatever flavors I’m feeling that day and can easily be breakfast or dessert.  It’s just as good warm, straight out of the cooker, as it is cold, straight out of the fridge.

Another favorite of mine is steel-cut oats.  They take WAY too long to cook in the morning (can you tell I’m a patient person? 😉 ) so I like to set up the timer on my cooker the night before and when I wake up I have freshly cooked oats waiting for me to top away and dig in!

Do you have a favorite appliance?  If so, what is your favorite thing to cook/make in it?

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Just another day

Today was just another day, but a LONG productive and successful one at that!  And now we’re officially over the hump and onto the final sprint to the weekend.  Weee!

I of course started with breakfast.  I don’t think I could ever skip breakfast.  It’s only the best meal of the day.  Even if it’s a quick one like today that consisted of a toasted kamut bun spread with almond butter and topped with sliced bananas and a sprinkle of chia seeds.

I did a double workout this morning.  A 40 min PiYo (pilates and yoga mix) class that worked mainly abs and inner thighs (since April is inner thigh month according to my instructor) and then an hour-long Cardio Sculpt class which incorporates both cardio and weight lifting.  I think Cardio Sculpt is one of my favorite classes since we work the full body and get in some cardio all at once.  I can work up a serious sweat within the first 15 mins of the class.  Its amazingg!

I got home and whipped up some VMA fail.  It was such a bad fail that I didn’t even finish the cup.

Vega Chocolate Protein Powder + spinach = no go

You never know til you try it, but adding spinach to every shake I make is not a good idea.  At least I tried.  The only reason I was able to get more than half of that cup down was because of the peanut flour goodness on top.  Three cheers for peanut flour!!

After attempting to finish both my VMA fail and strategic management paper, I hit up Babes Chicken House with some friends for a artery clogging good ol fried chicken lunch.  I actually ended up ordering just the side veggies because I try to stick to eating just organic and free range meats when I do actually eat meat..  Plus, I don’t eat fried foods all that often, or at least I try to think that. My fried food weakness is french fries.  YUM.  But I’ve been so good I haven’t had them in over 40 days!  Woot!  I did however eat two deliciously fluffy biscuits that left me feeling guilty ALL afternoon.

It’s a good think I made enough for leftovers from dinner last night because I definitely did not have enough time to prepare anything that required too much prep time.  I just reheated last nights lentil chili and quickly steamed some baby spinach and called it dinner.  And as I expected, it was just as delicious as it was yesterday!

Last Nights Dinner – Lentil Chili with a dollop of greek yogurt and a side of steamed broccoli

Recipe to come tomorrow!  Night!