Acai Bowl

An Acai Bowl is the perfect way to enjoy an antioxidant-packed smoothie! It’s thick, slightly sweet and topped with lots of fun toppings! What a perfect summer treat!

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I had an AHmazing trip to Seattle this last weekend! I can’t wait to share with you everything I did. I don’t think I’ve been so happy since my Honeymoon!

We saw so many beautiful, natural sites and ate SO much good food, I had a stupid silly grin on the entire time.

Driving home from the airport was a bit of a terror, since we had to drive 5 hours (we fly in and out of St. Louis so my parents can dog-sit, which means we wake up at 3am and take the 6am flight) and a torrential downpour hit us with 70 (NO JOKE) miles-per-hour winds! It came down so rough and in sheets that you could NOT see through, that we had to come to a stop on the highway just to wait to see the lines on the road. Doesn’t take much more than that to wake you up!

Anyways! You may have noticed a little challenge I’ve been partaking in on Instagram. Thanks for not calling me a loser and unfollowing me, because I’m really a super cheesy person and it becomes SUPER obvious when I do challenges and have to explain my brain…which is why I tend to stick to artsy photos of things I love when I’m on Instagram. But, this one has been really making me focus on bettering myself. I love that it is very positive and about adding healthy habits into your life and making you feel more positive in general.

I resolved, after this crazy amazing birthday week, to cut down on sugar and do a sugar detox. I usually don’t have a problem, because a small treat here and there is usually plenty for me. Well, after all of the cake and treats from my birthday week and realizing that I tend to mindlessly chomp on anything chocolate-covered, I decided to make a conscious decision to scale back. I finished this last weekend feeling sick to my stomach, sluggish, grumpy, sick, worse skin than usual, and I’m pretty sure I have an ulcer (for serious). So, for the next few weeks, only deliberately planned treats, like wedding cake at an upcoming wedding or a special dessert date between my husband and me, are ok, which gives me balance and things to look forward to.

Acai Bowl (treatswithatwist.com)

Acai Bowl (treatswithatwist.com)
That being said, I’m replacing sugar (and honey drizzles and maple downfalls) with natural fruit for treats. So, my Acai smoothie Bowl really hits the spot for me. Hopefully this will keep the sugar withdrawls at bay.

An Acai Bowl is so packed with antioxidants and nutrients, with so many possibilities to add even more, that you’ll feel glowing, happy and bright afterwards. Acai isn’t a very flavor-rich or sweet superfood, so adding the toppings is the fun part! I love adding slivered almonds, fresh blueberries or bananas, some hemp seeds for protein, and coconut flakes along with a bit of crunchy granola. Really the possibilities are endless. I would normally add a good drizzle of local raw honey, but you can do that on yours and I’ll take mine without for awhile.

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Enjoy! And wish me luck on this crazy idea to sugar-detox! You can follow me on Instagram and see the other crazy things I’m getting myself into (like doing yoga poses in public, because in my head I am much more graceful than I actually am). 

Acai Bowl
Acai Bowls are antioxidant-packed smoothie bowls filled with the superfood Acai. The toppings are the best part, so don't skimp on those! Enjoy this summer treat all year long and you'll be glowing. (makes 1 bowl)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 packet of frozen Acai (Sambazon)*
  2. ½ banana, frozen
  3. ¼ cup almond milk
  4. Toppings: homemade or store-bought granola (no dried fruit**), hemp seeds, almonds, fresh fruit, unsweetened coconut
  5. Optional add-ins: spinach, spirulina, frozen berries, a scoop of natural protein powder (like Vega)
Instructions
  1. Blend the smoothie ingredients together until smooth. Push down the sides in your blender so it all comes together. You want it "spoonable" thick.
  2. Add toppings! Enjoy immediately!
Notes
  1. Notes: you’ll want this to be super thick, so just keep scraping down your blender until it’s all blended together.
  2. *If you don’t have frozen acai packets and want to use dehydrated acai powder, add 1 Tbs of the powder to your blender, along with ½ cup of frozen blueberries and the rest of the smoothie ingredients.
  3. **dried fruit will only turn rock-solid on top of this smoothie bowl, so it’s best to stick with fresh fruit and granola made of just oats and sees/nuts
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Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream is a super simple, no churn ice cream, made without any dairy, minimal sugar and swirled with peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter).

  Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream (treatswithatwist.com)

I’m kicking this chia pudding thing up a notch. Do you mind?

Didn’t think so.

Because I made you ice cream.

Let’s talk trial and error here first. Don’t use almond milk. It doesn’t have enough body. And don’t use the nonfat coconut milk. It’ll be too icy. I’m not trying to be bossy, I just want you to learn from the rock hard mistakes I already made with this recipe. That’s why we’re friends.

You’ll make my birthday cake, and I’ll bring the ice cream, ok? Deal? [it’s on Monday…mark your calendar]

Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream (treatswithatwist.com)

Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream (treatswithatwist.com)

Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream (treatswithatwist.com) And I’ll be honest, I didn’t just use peanut butter to swirl in here. I used a coconut peanut butter. Soooooo goooooddddd! Gah! Drool.

The texture is slightly icy but creamy because of the chia seeds and the full fat coconut milk. Really be generous with the vanilla, you won’t regret it. You have to let the ice cream set out to soften, but as soon as it is scoopable, you’re in for a real treat. 

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Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream
Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream is a super simple, no churn ice cream, made without any dairy, minimal sugar and swirled with peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter).
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can (15 oz) of full fat coconut milk
  2. ¼ cup chia seeds
  3. 3 Tbs. coconut sugar
  4. 2 dates (soft dates, like Medjool)
  5. 1 tsp. corn starch (or 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum)
  6. 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  7. pinch of sea salt
  8. 2-4 Tbs. natural peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
Instructions
  1. In a blender, blend together all of the ingredients except for the nut butter, until smooth.
  2. Pour your ice cream base into your ice cream container (I ordered some cheap ones off Amazon, but you can use a bread loaf pan lined with plastic wrap). Drop your peanut butter in the container and swirl with a knife.
  3. Apply the lid (or wrap tightly with plastic wrap) and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  4. When you're ready to scoop your ice cream, let it sit on the counter to soften (20 min or so). Scoop, enjoy!
Notes
  1. If your nut butter is quite thick, microwave it to heat it and thin it out, making it easier to swirl.
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Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl

A Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl is a satisfying snack and a fun new way to eat a smoothie! 

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I’ve really been on a smoothie bowl kick lately.

At first, smoothie bowls looked really silly to me. Honestly. It’s a drink, people!

But then…yup, I jumped on board.

Smoothie bowls are awesome because you’re making an extra thick smoothie; so thick that you can add toppings and they don’t sink! Brilliant.

Traditionally smoothie bowls are made with acai berries, but because not everyone has them in their freezers, I’m making mine with cherries! [They’re everywhere right now and on sale too, so go grab a bag, or five.]

Another benefit of smoothie bowls, I think, is that they last longer than a smoothie. I can suck a smoothie down in a manner of seconds, but because you’re eating a smoothie bowl with a spoon, you’re forced to slow down. You get a mix of fruity, smooth puree, and a bit of crunchy toppings too.

Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl (treatswithatwist.com)

Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl (treatswithatwist.com)

I like to add toppings that span the texture gamut and add lots of nutrition too. Hemp seeds, granola, more fruit, coconut, bee pollen, nuts, seeds, a drizzle of local honey and protein powder “frosting” are all great choices!  

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Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl
A smoothie bowl is a fun way to eat a smoothie, slowing you down and adding toppings too! Cherries are vitamin-packed and abundant in the summertime, making this bowl a perfect snack. (makes 1 smoothie bowl)
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Ingredients
  1. ½ - ¾ cup pitted cherries
  2. 1 banana, frozen in chunks
  3. ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1-2 cups spinach or kale (optional)
  5. Toppings: granola cereal, hemp hearts, unsweetened coconut, banana slices, cherries
Instructions
  1. Blend smoothie ingredients together then pour into a bowl.
  2. Top with toppings (all of them or some of them, or whatever sounds good to you!)
Notes
  1. Add a scoop of your favorite non-dairy protein powder for a boost of protein (I use Vega)
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Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles are the ultimate summer treat! They’re full of rich, jammy blueberry flavor, marbled with sweet honey almond milk “cream.” This one’s a crowd-pleaser for sure! 

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In case you hadn’t heard…

It’s POPSICLE WEEK!!

Heyyyyyyy!

Ever since I got an ice pop mold for a wedding gift (I’m probably supposed to say “we,” right?), and then supplemented it with another mold (TJ Maxx!), I’ve been going crazy for homemade popsicles! Um, did you SEE my Birthday Cake Fudgsicles and my Mango Coconut Ice Pops?! Yeah.

Well Popsicle Week excites the bejesus out of me because a bunch of bloggers, including myself, have been rounded up by the AHmazing Billy of Wit and Vinegar to all share a popsicle recipe this week.

So, get your frozen treat on!

I knew I absolutely had to make a Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicle. Don’t ask me why. Maybe berry crisp or pie was dancing through my brain. But, it had to be done.

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

 

Fresh blueberries, roasted with coconut sugar until jammy and jamming, stirred into honey almond milk, and frozen to perfection! Then…roll that suckah in some coconut sugar and you have an ULTIMATE Summer cooler. Yum.

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

 

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

This little face says it all…

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

I don’t typically show you what I do with the other 75% of my time…but these little ones have kept me on my toes for 2 ½ years! (Cheers to all the fellow nannies out there!) And, well, when it came to choosing to have my husband holding a popsicle or a cute little 3-yr-old in a swimsuit holding the popsicle…

Husband…child…man hands…kiddo hands…

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

You get it. Kid won. Sorry honey.

Anyways! Hope you love um. We certainly do! And keep an eye on the Popsicle Week happenings too!

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles
Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles are a sweet summer treat! Jammy roasted blueberries are swirled with sweet honey almond milk, frozen to perfection and then rolled in coconut sugar! (makes 6 pops)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
  2. 1 Tbs. coconut sugar
  3. 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  5. 2 Tbs. local honey
  6. extra coconut sugar, for rolling (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small baking dish, sprayed with nonstick spray, place your blueberries in and even layer and sprinkle with the coconut sugar. Toss them around a bit to get them covered. Roast them in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice to ensure the sugar doesn’t burn.
  2. Transfer the cooked blueberries to a dish, stir in the cinnamon, and let the jammy mixture cool and thicken.
  3. In a jar (or container with a lid), combine the almond milk and honey. Shake to combine.
  4. Divide out half of the jam between your Popsicle molds, spooning a bit into the bottom of each one. Fill each mold with the honey almond milk until almost full. Spoon the rest of the jam carefully into each of the molds. Use a popsicle stick to carefully give a quick swirl through the milk and blueberries in each mold.
  5. Insert sticks and freeze according to your mold’s directions. (Mine says at least 6 hours.)
  6. When you’re ready to eat them, run the mold quickly under hot water, pull the Popsicle out of the mold, roll the edges in coconut sugar and enjoy!
Notes
  1. I found my popsicle molds at TJ Maxx and Sur la Table. They are also available at Williams Sonoma, on Amazon, and many more places!
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Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

Thief!

 

Oh fine, here’s one last kiddo pic for ya…

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

Pretty sure he’d pull on his face until it hurt if it made her laugh! 

 

PS. Happy Birthday to my little brother!! I love you! 

Springing Into Summer

The second half of last week was shocking.

Not “omg that was so wonderful!” shocking, but more like “holy crap I can’t believe all that ish could happen to one person” shocking. Not good.

It was the kind of week where you:

… wonder if your car insurance is going to scare your wallet because you scraped up the front of your car; wonder if your husband is going to be upset about that because he was out of town and everything seems to crumble while he’s gone; wonder if your husband will notice that you can’t make him dinner because you’ve completely given up on cooking meat while he’s gone, so you don’t technically have “dinner material” in the fridge; you decide to do a 5K but it’s over 100 degrees outside so you feel like hell when its over; you slip and slam your shin into something ridiculous (i.e. the toilet) and bruise it so bad that you cry like a little kid and now have a baseball-sized knot on your shin; your husband’s dog has gone from eating the carpet to eating the shower curtain, and you no longer have a place to put her when you leave the house; you go to try on shorts for the summer and leave crying because you can’t believe what size you are right now (due to my health, not for lack of hard work)…

It was one of those weeks where you tell your husband to please tell nobody that any of that happened, but then you decide to tell the world because that’s just what you do.

You just want to curl up on the couch, watch Finding Nemo, and go to bed at 8:30 and pretend like none of it happened and that it’ll all be fixed overnight.

Oh, and can someone come clean your apartment too? While we’re talking fantasy life-fixing.

So, now that Spring has gone out with a bang, let’s hope Summer is a bit shinier.

I do want to share with you my favorite recipes from the past couple months, because a lot of them are perfect for this Summer heat! 

1. Lavender Lemonade

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2. Strawberry Poppy Seed Crisp with Lavender Honey Cream -

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3. Birthday Cake Fudgsicles

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4. Mango Coconut Ice Pops

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5. Berry Fizz Floats

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6. French Toast Bananas

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7. Honey Banana Smoothie

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8. Super Berry Smoothie

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9. Super C Smoothie

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So there you have it! A lot of COLD recipes for the sweltering heat that’s to come. And a few not-so-cold recipes that still scream SUMMER!!

I know that things will be better for all of us. A bit of a tan always helps.