breakfast criminals: mango açai smoothie bowl
posted: January 1, 2014
Let’s get one thing clear: we all make resolutions. Promising yourself that you are only going to eat healthy food in the New Year is quite the commitment. Much more easy and fun is to pick one goal, and actually follow through with it. For example, aim to start every day with a superfood breakfast. Sounds simple, but oh so powerful.
I started my love affair with açaí, the magical Amazon berry, exactly a year ago in Hawaii. Having nourishing superfood smoothie bowls topped with granola, coconut and fresh fruit is a big part of the aloha culture.
The thing is, it’s very easy to make your own açaí bowl, and to modify it according to your taste and diet. You can add in some spinach to get your greens in without even tasting them. Then, top it in the most creative way possible, pretending that you’re Picasso.
Here’s a secret: the fact that a meal looks like a piece of art, doesn’t mean that it took hours to be created. Putting a little energy into the first meal of the day benefits you on all levels, most importantly, making you feel straight up amazing.
MANGO AÇAI SMOOTHIE BOWL
vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free, serves 2
1 Açaí smoothie pack (I use unsweetened Sambazon packs)
1 ripe banana
½ cup strawberries
2 tbs raw cacao powder
1 tbs maca
2/3 cup coconut water
Handful of papaya (optional; great to boost your digestion)
¼ cup berries (I used raspberries and blueberries)
1/3 cup granola
3 tbs flax seeds
2 tbs goji berries
2 tbs raw cacao nibs
¼ cup raw coconut chips
This smoothie bowl is full of antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A, digestive enzymes, potassium, fiber and iron.
It alkalizes your body, improves digestion, lowers inflammation and cholesterol, increases appetite-controlling hormones, supports bone and teeth health. On top of that, anandamine, a lipid found in cocoa nibs, is also known as “the bliss molecule.”
Still hungry? Breakfast Criminals has you covered for superfood starts to every day of your week.
Ksenia is a traveller, yogini and superfood breakfast aficionado who believes that better breakfasts make you a happier person. By day, she’s a digital marketing consultant for fashion brands and and co-founder of #FairTuesday, a grassroots ethical shopping movement that aims to change lives of whole communities by inspiring people to buy fair trade. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Twitter, if ya like!