Wild Maqui Berry Smoothie Bowl

This thick and satisfying maqui berry smoothie bowl is loaded with inflammation-fighting antioxidants and offers the perfect combo of macronutrients without a ton of sugar. 

I’m so excited to be teaming up with nuts.com, one of my favorite online shops for ordering pantry staples, to highlight some of their new products. The first of which is wild maqui powder, an antioxidant-rich powder made from wild maqui berries. Maqui berries grow naturally in Chile, have a deep purple hue and a sweet, but tart taste that’s similar to that of blackberries. These little berries are abundant in a specific class of powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, which protect against free radicals and help tame inflammation in the body.  The antioxidant value of maqui berries has been found to be almost 3 to 4 times more than that of acai berries making it one of the most antioxidant-dense foods in the world.

Thick and satisfying MAQUI BERRY smoothie bowl. // Loaded with antioxidants and absolutely delicious.

Knowing this about maqui berries, I think we’ll be hearing lots more about them in the near future. Don’t be surprised if you see a maqui berry smoothie bowl on the menu at your local juice/smoothie shop next time you stop in.

Maqui Berry Smoothie Bowl made with products from Nuts.com

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, most smoothies are loaded with high-sugar fruit. This fruit makes the smoothie taste sweet and delicious but also tends to raise our blood sugar levels and cause a crash later in the day.

Oftentimes I see these huge smoothie bowls on Instagram that are full of sugary fruits and piled high with toppings. Although they’re beautiful it’s not really promoting healthy portions. Literally, I’ve seen whole protein bars chopped and put on top of a smoothie. Riddle me this — are people really eating these crazy bowls? No one really knows.

Luckily the two fruits we’re using in this maqui berry smoothie bowl don’t have a ton of sugar so that won’t happen here. As for the toppings, we’re using banana slices, a couple fresh berries, a maca superfood granolaunsweetened shredded coconutgoji berriescacao nibs and a drizzle of nut butter. Of course you can add whatever toppings you have on hand. Just be mindful as you add them.

Maqui smoothie bowls

As for the texture… I like my smoothie bowls like rap guys like their ladies — thick! 😉 Seriously though, one of my biggest pet peeves at juice shops is liquid-y smoothie bowls. If I wanted a thin smoothie, I would have ordered a regular smoothie with a straw. Smoothie bowls should be THICK.

Since we’re not using a ton of frozen fruit for this bowl, the frozen cauliflower rice is what gives this smoothie bowl a thick texture and adds all that good fiber. Of course, the maqui berry powder and blueberries help with this too!

This thick and satisfying maqui berry smoothie bowl is loaded with antioxidants and offers the perfect combo of macronutrients without a ton of sugar.

This recipe, which we loaded into one bowl for photos, typically serves two. You can make the full batch and save one portion for later, share with a friend (notice the two spoons) or simply halve the recipe if you only need one portion. I’ve done that several times and the smoothie still turns out perfectly.

This thick and satisfying maqui berry smoothie bowl is loaded with antioxidants and offers the perfect combo of macronutrients without a ton of sugar.

I’ve made this smoothie bowl four times since coming up with the recipe a couple weeks ago so it’s definitely going to be a summer staple over here. I simply can’t get over how satisfying it is. I can literally have this smoothie bowl for breakfast and I won’t start to feel hungry for at least 3-4 hours. The combo of protein, healthy fat and fiber gives it major staying power!

Maqui Berry Smoothie Bowl

Preparation 5 mins 2017-07-07T00:05:00+00:00

Serves 2     adjust servings

Ingredients

Instructions

Add ingredients into a high powered blender in the order listed and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more almond milk if you want the texture to be thinner. Serve.

by Brittany Mullins

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This thick and satisfying maqui berry smoothie bowl is loaded with antioxidants and offers the perfect combo of macronutrients without a ton of sugar.

This post is sponsored by nuts.com, but as always opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make EBF possible. 

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the lunchbox series: number five

If you’re new to the series, visit the very first post here.  The goal is to feature dietitian-approved packed lunches that hopefully give you a little inspiration for your next packed lunch! In each lunchbox lunch, I’ll aim to include a whole grain, lean protein (including dairy), healthy fat, fruit and/or vegetable.  Exactly the same way I structure…

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***Magical Chocolate Dragon Bars***

A truly magical chocolate dessert – these are shockingly EASY to make!

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These paleo & vegan chocolate layer bars can be made with just a few ingredients and NO refined sugar. The green hue is achieved naturally – with avocado!

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dragon bars

NO BAKE vegan chocolate bars, layered with a delicious creamy avocado mousse filling - no refined sugar.

 

No-Bake Chocolate Dragon Bars

Adapted from 5 Ingredient Avocado Fudge Bites

***Magical Chocolate Dragon Bars***

Total Time:
5m

Yield:
9-12 bars


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mashed, ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 2 additional tbsp each pure maple syrup and coconut butter
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 3 oz chocolate chips (80g)*

Instructions

*If you’d prefer, you can omit the chocolate chips and instead combine equal parts maple syrup, cocoa powder, and melted coconut oil to make a chocolate sauce.

Recipe: Line an 8-inch pan with parchment or wax. Blend all ingredients except chocolate in a food processor or blender until completely smooth. (See video for a visual of the recipe being made.) Smooth into the prepared pan. Carefully melt the chocolate so it does not burn. Smooth over the pan. Freeze. I take the pan out after 10 minutes to cut into bars before the chocolate hardens completely. Store bars in the freezer.

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Blueberry Eggs Breakfast Salad + Salad Challenge Update

Add blueberries to your egg scramble and serve over fresh baby greens for a sweet and savory breakfast salad that’s nourishing and hearty.

In case ya missed it: round two of the 5-Day Salad Challenge is happening this week! I’m feeling super inspired by all the fresh summer produce and by seeing all of your creative salads on Instagram, in the Facebook group and on other social platforms. It brings me so much joy to help others incorporate the small daily habit of replacing one meal a day with a meal-sized salad and see the immediate benefits.

I know you know I love salads, but I want to briefly share the why behind my daily habit of replacing one meal a day with a big salad.

Blueberry Eggs Breakfast Salad + Salad Challenge Update

Incorporating this small salad habit has helped me (and those doing the challenge) streamline meal-prep, eat more veggies and maintain a healthy weight. Here are the biggest reasons why:

Quick and easy! Knowing that you’re going to have one salad a day (usually for lunch) makes healthy eating easier! You don’t have to think about what you’re going to make every day and it’s so simple to prep the ingredients for a salad ahead of time. When meal time rolls around all you have to do is toss everything into a bowl. Salads are really portable too! Just be sure to store your dressing in a separate container (or make a jar salad) because no one likes soggy lettuce.

Volume eating! With salads (especially those that are loaded with veggies) you’re able to eat a lot of food in one sitting and feel good about it. Salads are loaded with nutrient dense foods that are relatively low in calories. The volume fills you up and makes you feel satisfied.

Fiber! Veggie packed salads are loaded with fiber, which help keep your digestion running smoothly (constipation be gone) and keep you feeling full longer.

Antioxidants! Loading up salads with an array of fresh fruits and veggies boosts your intake of antioxidants (like vitamin C and A), which help protect the body from free radicals. The more colorful your salad, the better!

Protein! Green veggies actually have quite a bit of protein (1 cup of kale has 2.9 grams!) but I always aim to add an additional lean protein source to all of my salads. Gotta keep those muscles strong.

Healthy Fats! Fats (like nuts, avocado and oils) often found in salads not only promote satiety, but also help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins and phytochemicals.

Options! Treat your bowl full of greens like a blank slate and get creative with your salads. Switch up your protein, toppings and dressing. I’m loving breakfast salads right now (see recipe below).

Satisfaction! After eating a properly portioned meal-sized salad you feel satisfied and energized. Your blood sugar levels will be stable and you’ll be less likely to raid the pantry for snacks all afternoon/evening.For me, having one salad a day makes me FEEL SO GOOD. Even if I don’t eat 100% healthy all day I know that I’m at least making ONE healthy decision and getting a ton of high-quality nutrients in with my one big salad!

 

Blueberry Eggs Breakfast Salad + Salad Challenge Update

And remember, salads aren’t just for lunch and dinner. Having a hearty salad loaded with nutrient-dense greens for breakfast is an amazing way to begin the day. This harvest breakfast salad is lovely during the fall and winter months, but I recently stumbled upon the idea for a fruity breakfast salad with fresh blueberries from Melissa Hartwig and was so intrigued.

I know sweet and savory combo may seem odd at first — eggs, blueberries, basil, cinnamon… and hot sauce, if you fancy it. But trust me, it’s quite delicious and super satisfying. The blueberries get sautéed with the eggs until they burst, releasing a bit of sweet juice making the eggs a light shade of blue. The pistachios add a nice crunch and the fresh basil brings an aromatic sweetness that ties everything together.

The scramble is literally so easy to whip up you don’t really need a full recipe, but I’m giving it to ya anyhow!

 

Blueberry Eggs Breakfast Salad

Preparation 6 mins 2017-07-06T00:06:00+00:00
Cook Time 6 mins 2017-07-06T00:06:00+00:00

Serves 1     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • coconut or olive oil spray
  • 2 eggs + 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon pistachios, chopped
  • red chili pepper flakes + hot sauce
  • baby arugula

Instructions

  1. Mist a skillet with spray oil and place over medium heat.
  2. Whisk eggs in a bowl.
  3. Add eggs to skillet and scramble until cooked through. While eggs are still runny, add the blueberries into the skillet as you want them to heat up and start to burst. Sprinkle with salt and cinnamon.
  4. Once eggs are cooked through add pistachios to the skillet. Quickly toss to combine and serve over a bed of baby arugula.
  5. Garnish with basil, crushed red pepper and hot sauce if you like your eggs spicy.

by Brittany Mullins

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pregnancy: maternity workouts i’m loving

tank: mossimo supply co. // shoes: nike // sports bra: aerie // fitness tracker: fitbit I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve often heard an old adage that you just can’t be as active during pregnancy as you were before. To some degree, I think this is true – there are definitely some limitations…

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This is me, existing

I have things to say. I’ve had things to say for a long time, but haven’t had the emotional fortitude or energy to say them. Saying these things means I’m opening up the potential for criticism and internet trolls, and trying to resist letting them affect me is much harder than Wonder Woman deflecting bullets. They may not pierce the skin, but they leave a lot of bruises. But I can’t stay quiet.

Story Time!

A few weeks ago, I was at a stop light. My windows were rolled up and I was talking to Steve about something of no significance. The truck beside me had 2 guys in it, who cracked the passenger window and started spurting out something. It was like the game when you’re a teenager and you dare each other to say “penis” the loudest. You start soft, then start saying it louder and louder until others notice and then you cackle with laughter. (If you don’t know this game, you’re probably utterly confused, so just disregard and keep reading.) I wasn’t paying that much attention, but I had a feeling of unease. I tried to shake it off and kept trying to listen to what Steve was saying. Then I heard something with more clarity as they rolled the window down entirely and started turning the volume up on their words.

“You’re fat!”

“Haha, you’re so fat!”

“Look how fat you are!”

“You’re fat!”

I kept my eyes on the stoplight ahead and stopped listening what Steve was saying as I started to get upset. The light finally turned green and I gunned my car ahead, trying to put it out of my mind. Steve didn’t hear them and I didn’t want to talk about it, so I didn’t mention it to him until last week.

I was so conflicted, and it had to do with my association with the word “fat.”

Let’s get one thing straight – I AM fat. Fat is an adjective – a physical characteristic. I was mad at myself for getting upset that they called me something I actually am.

It comes down to the intention. They were doing it to offend me. To get some sort of reaction. I could have responded with “yeah? And your point is???” but instead, I just felt like someone had cut me down to nothing. They got me.

Lindy West says in her book, Shrill:

Being fat is like walking around with a sandwich board that says, “HERE’S WHERE TO HURT ME!”

They succeeded in hurting me in a way that I’ve not felt in a long time. Lest they get too excited over their victory, I should point out that after overanalyzing this, I think they succeeded because my armor has worn down over time. They just happened to be the ones to strike when my defenses were down.

This whole culture of bashing people you don’t know, both in person or online, has gotten out of control. People have written about my divorce, saying it’s no wonder my ex cheated because of my weight. People have said I must still binge eat all the time because I’m not losing weight (btw, proudly binge free for nearly 5 years). I can be on a walk in my neighborhood and have someone yell something at me from their car. Like I don’t matter – like my pure existence is affecting their lives directly.

I’ve been blogging for 8 years now, and started as a weight loss blogger. Over the years, I’ve shifted away from talking about weight because I want to be able to exist, write, and share without a value being placed on whether I was successfully reducing my size. I realize this may have confused people over the years who started cheering me on by the pounds and then saw me stop talking about them. I was tired of questions about what I ate, what diet I was on, what my workouts were, etc. It’s mentally exhausting to be in recovery for binge eating disorder, having autoimmune thyroid disease, and a 30 year history of dieting and have people ask if you’ve lost weight continuously.

I want to exist without a value judgement dictated by my weight. I want those people who were kind as they saw my body in action to not be the ones who would then go and snicker at seeing me in a swimsuit.

I want people to treat me with kindness and respect, whether I’m doing the thing on the left or the thing on the right.

[Original posts: Left in Lucy Activewear, Right in Simply Be]

It’s hard to not let these things get to me, and that’s saying something since I’ve spent years in therapy and talking about my size, but the insults and digs can be debilitating. I want to go out without fear of having someone stare at me as I eat dinner, or give me a strange look if I’m in a clothing store where nothing will clearly fit me. Why is my presence so offensive?

Snap judgements are a horrible thing. The sandwich board that is my body may tell people where they can try to hurt me. But you know what it can’t tell you? A damn thing about me as a person.

My body can tell you I’m fat. It can’t tell you what I ate for breakfast, how often I exercise, how I treat other people, what I do for a living, my energy level, my medical conditions, my dieting background, my accomplishments, or my failures. Yet somehow people can look at me and make enormous assumptions and pass judgement and spout hate without recourse.

It’s not even just overt meanness like the guys in the truck. It’s also inherent in how we talk to each other. I was at a picnic over the weekend and someone asked what I blogged about. I replied with “plus size fashion, some fitness, body positivity… stuff like that.” The response? “That’s great, but what are you going to blog about when you lose the weight?”

That’s when I realized I had to publish this post. Not just because of the mean guys or gals, but for the ones who can only see this weight as a burden, or something I’m trying to beat out of me. Or even just for those who are unaware of how their words matter, even without negative intentions. It’s also for the other fat people, who have been made to feel like they are less worthy because of their size. Or those who shudder when they hear the word “fat” because of all the negativity around it. I can’t pretend that every time I post an outfit picture that I’m the most confident person ever, or that moments before or after the picture someone didn’t yell something derogatory at me. (Though compliments are much more common shout outs, thankfully!) There are many days where no matter how hard I try, the self-acceptance is hard to find.

I don’t want to be an “after.” I spent my whole life trying to be an “after” and waiting for the acceptance that comes from it. You know what happens when we spend our days searching for the “after?” we miss the joy in our lives as they are. I may lose weight, and I may not. My worth shouldn’t depend on if I do or if I don’t. No one’s should.

This post has sat in my drafts in various forms for several days now, as I searched for the words to try to button things up. I asked myself, “What do you want from this post? Why are you saying these things?”

The only answer I could come up with is that I just wanted to share. I don’t want sympathy, nor do I know that anyone will think twice next time they make fun of someone after reading this. I simply reached a breaking point because justifying my body, its size, and its worth is just not something I’m down for. I need to reclaim the word “fat” for myself, and strip it of the vitriol that normally accompanies it. So this is me, existing. Fat and all.


If you are thin or of average size, have an open mind, and would like to read more about life as a fat person, here are some good, quick reads.

This is me, existing originally appeared on Authentically Emmie on July 5, 2017. If you are reading this on a different site or a different feed than Authentically Emmie, it has been taken without permission.

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mexican corn zucchini noodles with chili-lime roasted chickpeas

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been loving salads this summer.  That said, I’m definitely a person that has to mix up my food once in a while otherwise I get completely sick of a dish and can’t eat it again for a long while. So while treating…

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