I discovered acai a few years ago in California – I know, I know, I’m not cool and didn’t discover it in Brazil – and was immediately obsessed. It’s got a creamy texture to it, and even with no sugar it’s bursting with flavor. Every time I’m in San Diego, I treat myself to an acai bowl at least once during the trip. I know that we have acai bowls here in Chicago, but I try to steer clear because I feel like most places add a ton of sugar to the acai puree. Bottom line is, I was acai deprived…until I found these acai packets at Trader Joe’s.
I knew these acai blended packets would be a game changer! I immediately started experimenting with different recipes to make the perfect acai bowl. After much trial and error, I think I’ve nailed this down. Below is an easy acai bowl recipe that is absolutely foolproof – you can thank me later!
My mom’s hummus is ALWAYS better than whatever I find at the store. Every. Single. Time. I never asked how to make it, because I figured it’d be too complicated/too much work. A few weeks ago, I finally asked how this magical hummus is made, and was surprised to find that it only required a handful of ingredients and a blender. Since I now know how to make it myself, it’s officially in my healthy snack rotation. It’s creamy & full of flavor – I love that I know exactly what’s in it and that it’s all natural! I’ve been eating it with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes…YUM. Below, you’ll find the easiest homemade hummus recipe EVER!
Confession – I LOVE snacking. I love food in general, but snacking is one of my guilty pleasures. Sometimes (well, most times), I just want to munch on a little somthin’ somthin’. Depending on what I have at arm’s length, it can be a bad situation. Knowing I have this habit of hitting up my pantry every few hours, I try to keep only healthy snacks in the house. That way, even though I feel a tad guilty about snacking, I’m comforted by the fact that I’m at least putting healthy stuff into my body. These are the healthy snacks I resort to on the reg –
Siggi’s Yogurt: I’ve tried most yogurt brands, and Siggi’s is by FAR my favorite – I even like it better than Fage (sorry, Leo). My favorite is the plain one, but I’ve tried most of their flavors and there isn’t one I don’t like. Their yogurts have less sugar than most brands on the market, and significantly more protein (even when compared to Greek yogurts). Their plain yogurt is 0% fat, and it’s still as creamy as ever. I typically eat it with honey and fresh blueberries, sometimes adding some cereal or granola for a little crunch.
I don’t know about you guys, but my goal for the next month or so is to lose the extra 5 lbs I put on over the holidays. I’ve been trying to cook more, snack healthy, and exercise 4 days a week. Dieting for me typically comes with researching recipes, as salads, chicken & vegetables can get boring realllly quick. I’ve made chocolate chia seed pudding in the past and loved it, so when I came across this Matcha Green Tea version I knew I had to give it a shot.
One cup of Matcha green tea has 10x the antioxidants of normal green tea. That being said, this pudding makes for a great quick & healthy snack…and you can add your favorite toppings to make it your own. I added coconut, banana & honey – deliciousness.
It’s that time of year when we all suddenly have an obsession with pumpkin (by the way, did you hear about the pumpkin shortage?!). Last weekend, I made a low-fat pumpkin bread recipe that’s been shared within my family the last few years. I don’t have to feel guilty about eating it, and it has a texture that is out of this world – nice, moist and a little more dense than your typical bread.
I’ve been on a chia seed binge lately, adding it to my yogurt, cereal, smoothies…so naturally when I tried this chia seed pudding I was immediately hooked. Chia seeds are apparently REALLY good for you. They’re grown in South America and were eaten by the Aztecs and Mayans way back in the day. In fact, “chia” translates to “strength” in Mayan – pretty cool, huh? They’re high in protein, fiber, omega-3s, and low in calories. Remember the chia pets from the 1990’s? They were grown from chia seeds! How funny – little did we know back then that’d we’d be spending $10 on a bag of the same seeds and eating them like candy. Anyway, let’s get to the real deal – this amazing chocolatey goodness that’s actually good for you. This pudding can be eaten for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, dessert…the options are endless.
My mom introduced me to this salad a few months back, and I’ve been making it at least once a week ever since. Bulgar is a common ingredient among my family (we are Middle Eastern, after all), so I was happy to learn that it’s packed with fiber & protein. Essentially, bulgar is what’s left after wheat kernels have been steamed, dried & crushed. One cup of bulgar has fewer calories, less fat, and twice the fiber of brown rice. It also has anti-inflammatory properties! The other great thing about it is that it’s already partially cooked, so little time is needed for preparation. Bottom line is, you need to try this stuff.
Craving something salty, crunchy and delicious? We’ve all been there. Before you grab a bag of potato chips, you have to give these a try. They’re super tasty, and actually healthy (yes, they’re more nutritious than your “baked” potato chips). Even better, they’re SO easy to make and more affordable than the kale chips you would purchase at your local grocery store.