Acai Ice Cream

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Ice cream for breakfast… yes please! This is perfect for the summer days that are soon approaching (please god). When it is sunny and warm outside, I no longer crave those bowls of comforting oatmeal or granola. I prefer something refreshing and cold, and this acai (pronounced ah-sa-ee… I think) ‘ice cream’ is the perfect nourishing breakfast, snack or dessert all summer long. Packed with good for you ingredients such as kale, cinnamon and chia make this the ultimate sweet treat. I topped mine with manuka honey, my Goddess Granola, sprouted buckwheat, almonds, banana and strawberry. MMM unreal!

I have to say that in recreating the perfect acai bowl, there really is no equivalent replacement for the Sambazon smoothie packs. I have bought the powders, but I really love the taste and consistency of the Sambazon ones. I buy the unsweetened version and add my own honey or stevia. The classic version has added cane sugar and guarana extract. These are great simply poured on oatmeal, granola, fruit etc…

Acai comes from the acai palm tree that you can find only in Central and South America. I want to debunk some rumours that say that ‘acai is the weight loss secret you have been missing.’ Dont you hate those annoying ads? In fact, there have been no studies proving that acai helps you lose weight. Like other berries however, acai is a great addition to a diet, as it provides loads of antioxidants and healthy omegas. If you replace your nightly ritual of pies and cakes with acai, Im sure you will see some weight loss results ;).

Lots of instagram requests for this recipe! If you don’t follow me on instagram already you can check out my page @cleaneatinggoddess. I post more pictures there of my daily creations, some make it to the blog some dont, so its worth a follow! As always this recipe is free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

xx
Jen
The Clean Eating Goddess

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Serves 1

Ice Cream Ingredients:

• 1-2 frozen bananas
• 1 tsp cinnamon (can omit)
• 1 sambazon acai frozen smoothie pack
• 1 bunch kale or spinach
• 2-3 drops stevia or 2 pitted dates
• 1 tbsp chia seed
• 2 tbsp almond or coconut milk (or enough to achieve desired consistency)

Toppings:

• 2 strawberries (chopped)
• 1/2 banana (sliced)
• almonds
Goddess Granola
• drizzle of raw or manuka honey
• sprouted buckwheat

Directions:

1. Add all ice cream ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more water or almond milk to reach desired consistency.If you find that it is not thick enough, add more frozen banana.

2. Place ice cream in a bowl and top with strawberries, banana, granola, almonds and honey.

Ginger Cinnamon Acai Smoothie Bowl

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Smoothies and juices are such a delicious and refreshing way to start your day. In these cold Canadian winters however, I always want to eat my breakfast rather than drink it. I introduce to you, the smoothie bowl. When making smoothies I always would top it with coconut, seeds, nuts, granola or oats for a little added texture. So why not put this same combination in a bowl? The key to a great smoothie bowl is making sure the smoothie is thick and not watery. Some ways to thicken your smoothies is by adding chia, frozen banana and avocado (swear you don’t taste it!). With enough frozen bananas, it can even seem like you are having ice cream for breakfast but without the guilt.

Ill be sharing many posts about my favourite juice and smoothie combinations but this one right here is one of my favourites. The combination of ginger and cinnamon with the creamy texture of the blended banana is so warming and comforting. It is also PACKED with ingredients that fuel your body to reach its maximum operating potential. I topped mine with hemp, chia, sunflower seeds, almond butter, strawberry and sliced banana. The smoothie ingredients include frozen banana, acai, spirulina, kale and cucumber. So why add all these fancy sounding ingredients, you ask?

hemp

– contain all essential amino acids (energy)
– protein (full, satisfied)
– omega-3 (joint, skin, brain and heart health)
– omega-6 (goddess hair, skin, nails)
– magnesium (energy, bowl movements)
– vitamin E (anti-aging)

acai

– antioxidants (fights free radicals that cause cancer)
– protein (more than an egg…shocked? I know)
– low glycemic

spirulina

– plant protein (feel full for long periods of time)
– essential amino acids
– chlorophyll (remove toxins, alkalize)
– calcium (strong bones, teeth)

I talk about benefits of kale and chia in the chia pudding and kale salad posts. Oh! Cinnamon also helps to regulate your blood sugar and boost memory. Ginger helps improve digestion, fight nausea and suppress hunger.

Have a wild night of drinking? Eat lots of poutine (bonjour Quebec!), pizza or chinese food yesterday? Do your body good and make this smoothie! I guarantee this will cure your alcohol/food hangover. You will feel and look like a goddess or a god for all you healthy men out there!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

• 1 frozen banana (add more for thicker consistency) plus fresh for topping
• 1 cup strawberries
• 1 heaped tablespoon of acai powder
• 1 handful of kale
• 1 inch piece of ginger peeled
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 3/4 cup cucumber
• 1 tsp almond butter
• 1 tsp pumplin seeds
• 1 tsp chia
• 1 tsp hemp
• 1 tsp spirulina
• few drops stevia or sweetener of choice

Directions:

1. Blend all ingredients except for hemp, pumpkin seeds, some strawberry and fresh banana.

2. Pour smoothie into bowl and top with banana, pumpkin seeds, strawberry and banana.

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Kale Salad

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We all know by now how great kale is for you. Everywhere I go I see kale in many forms. Whether it is raw, sautéed, fried or oven baked, kale packs a mean nutritional punch. Kale is by far my favourite green for salads. It is crunchy, tasty and holds onto dressing like no other green. Kale is full of fibre, vitamins, antioxidants, and iron. It is detox friendly, anti-inflammatory and has cardio vascular support. Oh and… for all you dairy lovers, per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk! The whole milk makes your bones strong ordeal was really just a marketing campaign that helped boost dairy sales. What does this all mean?

Kale helps:
• you feeling full
• digestion
• protect from cancers
• cell growth, functioning of iron
• bone health and blood clotting
• lowers cholesterol
• immune system
• metabolism
• liver health

This is only one of the many kale salad combinations I make. I also add kale to smoothies, make chips and puree it into cauliflower for a beautiful green mash! This salad is filled with beautiful raw veggies, roasted sunflower seeds and hard boiled eggs and avocado for extra protein and healthy fats. I topped this salad with a mustardy vinaigrette and freshly chopped dill. It is so wonderful and fresh and is great for a filling lunch or a light dinner. Bon appetit!

Serves 2-4

Salad Ingredients:

• 1 bunch kale, chopped
• 1/4 cup chopped cauliflower
• 1/4 cup chopped radish
• 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
• 1/4 cup chopped brussels sprouts
• 1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
• 1/4 cup chopped celery
• 1 avocado sliced
• 2 tbsp chopped dill
• 3 tbsp sunflower seeds

Dressing Ingredients:

• 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 1 tsp Dijon mustard
• 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
• 1 garlic clove, finely minced
• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• Sea or himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. For eggs: pour cold water just enough to cover the tops of the eggs. Sprinkle in the salt. Heat the pan on medium high heat until water stars to boil.Once the eggs begin to boil, remove from the heat, and allow them to sit in the hot water for 15 minutes, covered tightly by a lid.

2. Rinse kale very well and chop. Remove tough stems.

3. Chop veggies, eggs, avocado and dill.

4. For vinaigrette: whisk lemon juice, Dijon mustard, vinegar, and garlic in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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