So you may have noticed, I love to get out and enjoy the many amazing restaurants that NYC has to offer! But of course I also like preparing food at home. One thing that I tend to forget sometimes, living in this busy city where I am often-times running late, is BREAKFAST!!! But, as they say, it is “the most important meal of the day”.
Since in the evenings I tend to indulge, I have been trying to find ideas to make lighter breakfasts that still give me the energy I need to get through my day. I met a wonderful woman, Amina AlTai, who is the founder of Busy, Happy, Healthy (click, click click for more awesome recipes, tips on living well, fun fitness facts, and more). She is also an incredible NYC-based health coach, so check out her services HERE! Anyway, we got to talking about breakfast, and turns out we share a common love for smoothies. Great minds, what can I say?! But smoothies can be boring when you’re sipping them on repeat, so she told me about these breakfast bowl recipes she came up with, and now I am officially hooked.
Stunning Dragon fruit bowl
The Dragon Fruit Bowl
If you can honestly look at this beautiful bowl of deliciousness and tell me you don’t want to try it, well, I call your bluff! You know I am a sucker for all things PINK these other bright, happy colors are an added bonus. Not only is it pretty but it is actually really good for you. Dragon Fruit is rich in vitamins B & C as well as minerals such as iron, calcium and phosphorus. Thanks to it’s low cholesterol content, it also has heart health benefits. How can you say no?! (You don’t)
1 packet of pitaya plus
1 frozen banana
1/4-1/2 a cup of almond milk (if you’ve worked out extra-hard, try swapping the almond milk for coconut water for added electrolytes)
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
A dash of vanilla
1 kiwi sliced and cut into quarters
Blend the pitaya, banana, almond milk and protein powder in the blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Slice the kiwis and sprinkle them on top along with the goji berries.
Deliciou peanut butter Acai bowl
Chocolate Peanut Butter Acai Bowl
Manhattan is overflowing with hip and “healthy” joints selling acai bowls. Problem is, while you may be able to find one on every corner, most of them aren’t actually that good for you…too much sugar! But, Ms. Amina’s version goes hard on the antioxidants and electrolytes to keep you healthy and hydrated. It is an easy option to help your body go hard and strong, all day long!
1 packet of Ama Fruits unsweetened acai
1 overripe frozen banana OR 3/4 cup Thai coconut meat (coconut meat is a low-sugar heart-healthy alternative)
1 tsp. of cacao
1 tablespoon of peanut butter (No peanut butter? No problem. Any nut butter will do!)
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup of coconut water
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
1/4 small banana, sliced (if you’re watching your sugar, you can skip this)
1/4 cup granola, optional (unsweetened)
1 tbsp. shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp. peanut butter
Blend the packet of acai, banana or coconut meat, cacao, peanut butter, almond milk, protein powder and coconut water in the blender until smooth. Add the sliced banana, granola, coconut and peanut butter on top and enjoy!
Healthy green smoothie bowl
Green Smoothie Bowl
Everyone knows that greens are good for you, and provide loads of important nutrients…it’s a given! But sometimes they are not entirely enjoyable to ingest (let’s be real). That being said, the magic is in the making — if you combine ingredients properly you can get a good dose of leafy goodness that actually tastes good at the same time! And look how PRETTY! 🙂