Hi all! It’s March already and Aiden is 5 months old! How did that happen?! Time is flying and I just need everything to slow down. I woke up yesterday morning to feed Aiden around 5:00am and instead of laying back down to get a couple more hours of sleep, I just laid there, staring at his sleepy little face and wondering when he grew so much. Gosh, he is so adorable. I probably laid there, holding him in my arms, for about two hours before making myself get out of bed. I seriously wish I could just be home with him every morning like this.
We spent most of the day playing with his new jump-play-seat thing that AJ bought, annoying Riley with tons of love, taking long walks outside, and cuddling. AJ had to work all weekend, so it was just the two of us. Once he did get home, we went on another long, relaxing walk. Sunday’s are my day to relax, so in my mind, it was the most productive Sunday in awhile.
However, Sunday’s are also my non-work days, but because both of the boys are napping, I thought I would type up this post quick. I know they will be waking up soon because Aiden will be getting hungry any minute, and we have movie night planned. But first, I just need to share with you all what I had for lunch because it is beautiful and delicious and healthy and it made me really happy!
A year ago, exactly, I was in Huntington Beach visiting one my best friends, Lindsey. Our weekends together are always filled with coffee, sushi, wine, laying by the pool, biking along the ocean between towns, and exploring farmer’s markets. Honestly, some of the best weekends! Anyway, last year I had my very first acai bowl and it. was. delicious. I was obsessed with them all weekend.
So, as I was reminiscing of that weekend and missing Lindsey, I decided to make an acai bowl for lunch. I’ve been trying to eat more fruits and veggies and incorporate more proteins and healthy fats into my meals, so this was perfect. I haven’t been eating any added sugar lately, so I didn’t include honey. I highly recommend you do include honey, because honey is delicious and has some great health benefits. Unless you happened to give up sugar too, then don’t include it.
Acai bowls are truly great and have many health benefits, just like smoothies (read more here). You can pack them with ingredients (see different add-ins here) that are full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and deliciousness. I’ve been on the smoothie challenge and had yet to make my smoothie into a bowl. I was a bit limited on my ingredients but it ended up being so delicious with what I had. I’m going to call it the Midnight Acai Smoothie Bowl, because it reminds me of a starry night.
I hope to do more variations of the acai smoothie bowl in the future, and to be more intentional about what I put in it. But sometimes spontaneity just works out well, too.
Alright, I hear hungry cries…I must attend to the babes! Have a good week, everyone!
I make smoothies and smoothie bowls nearly every day of the week! They are extremely tasty and you, if you do it right, they are packed with healthy & beneficial ingredients. They can be made gluten free, dairy free, paleo, low calorie, high protein, low fat, etc. So, they are pretty much for everybody!
- 1 Acai puree packet , frozen (I use Ama Fruits brand)
- 1/2 C blueberries , frozen
- 1 banana , split in half
- 1 C unsweetened almond milk (I use Silk)
- 2 handfuls spinach (optional but recommended for optimal nutrition)
- 1/2 scoop protein powder (I use plant based)
- 1/3 C freeze dried blueberries
- 1 Tbsp superfood sunflower butter (or other nut butter)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
- Honey , optional
In a strong blender, blend the acai, frozen blueberries, 1/2 a banana, spinach, protein powder and almond milk.
Pour into a a bowl and top with the other half of the banana (sliced),pumpkin seeds, chia seeds,fFreeze dried blueberries, nut butter and honey (optional).
Eat for breakfast, or a post workout!