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Non Energy Drinks That Boost Energy

Whether you just woke up or feeling a bit low in the afternoon, having drinks that give you energy can really make a difference. Most people immediately reach for coffee but sometimes this isn’t advisable because of caffeine concerns. There’s no need to worry as there are plenty of other delicious options out there to perk you up. Coconut Water One of the best choices is coconut water. It is widely available at virtually all grocery stores across the country thanks to the increased market demand. As science discovers more of benefits, more people are also persuaded to give it a try. It’s a refreshing natural drink that isn’t too sweet unlike other fruit juices out there. Coconut water contains potassium and other essential nutrients. This is why athletes have embraced it as an excellent source of electrolytes before and after their hard training sessions. Drink it as is or mix it up with other fruits in a blender for a tastier treat. Kombucha While coconut can usually be found in tropical regions like Thailand and the Philippines, kombucha is often imported from the Mid-Atlantic. It is a pro-biotic tea made using a long fermentation process. It’s great for people who are looking for fluids that can detoxify and increase energy at the same time. It is a good source of amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. That’s why athletes are drawn to this drink as well. Brewing kits are available for those who might want to make their own at home. Acai Berry Acai berry is famous for being a weight loss miracle. Whether you are aiming to shed pounds or not, the extract is a great drink that you can consume at any time if you need a quick energy boost. It’s a delicious drink so it really isn’t hard to push yourself to get it again and again. This berry is also nutritionally dense. It boasts of having high levels of protein, potassium and B vitamins. It can rev up the metabolism to create more usable energy. This is part of the reason why it is an effective weight loss tool. It’s easier to burn calories when you drink acai juice. If you are going to purchase a bottle product, try to get one that has a low sugar content. Follow us at Network Nerds for more of the nerdiest articles online.

Very Berry Acai Smoothie Bowl

If it weren’t for Organic Burst I probably never would have tried acai. When you start to venture into the world of health and healing with food you quickly discover that there’s just so much to learn! It could almost take you a life time to figure out what’s right for you, what makes your body happy and work optimally and what foods really heal the body. Acai is one of these healing foods. After much time and research and (testing) I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s worth its value. Acai is an Amazonian fruit, sizing and colour similar to that of a grape. It is rich in Omega fatty acids (3, 6 and 9) and helps to reduce bad cholesterol naturally. It is a powerful anti-oxidant and is very beneficial when taken after workouts, since your body is under stress and needs to fight off more free-radicals. Acai is also gaining a lot of traction as a beauty miracle superfood! It’s powerful enough to help fight aging and wrinkles. So, what are you waiting for? Get some acai and start making this health-powered smoothie bowl! Ingredients: 1 Banana 1/2 Cup Raspberries 1/2 Cup Cherries 1/2 Cup Blueberries 1 Tbsp Acai Powder 1 Cup Almond Milk Shredded Coconut for garnish Method: (Try to use as much frozen ingredients as possible, if fresh add a cup of ice) Pit your cherries, add everything to a high speed blender and mix. Pour into a bowl and garnish with additional berries and sprinkle with shredded coconut. xx HBL

Superfoods: to eat or not to eat

Some time ago I attended a workshop to cook with superfoods. It was a great experience, and I was totally hooked on the incredible benefits of superfoods. Is this belief justified and are these specialty foods and powders worth the money? What are superfoods? There is no official definition for a superfood. Neither are there standard criteria or certified lists. It is a term that was invented by marketers, not nutritionists or scientists. Usually, a superfood is described as a naturally nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial to your health and well-being. Here is a pretty extensive list of superfoods . Marketing of superfoods It seems that exotic foods attract greater attention (goji berries, acai berries, pomegranate, chia seed, and cocoa) than more accustomed and everyday products (olive oil, fat fish, garlic, homegrown berries, strawberries, and broccoli). The more exotic recommended products are, the greater the miracle effects seem to be attributed to them. They are expensive and exclusive. This marketing position makes people believe that more standard and cheaper products are less healthy in comparison. Scientific research on superfoods Active supporters recommend superfoods as miracle food with various health benefits. Going from “detoxing”, “improving resistance” to “slowing down aging” and “preventing cardiovascular disease”. Most of the time these claims are based on intuition or personal experience. Although there has been some scientific research to prove the benefits of superfoods, the results are still vague and ill-founded. Well then, how should we go about superfoods? First, give your current eating habits some serious thought. Do you eat at least three portions of vegetables per day? Are you on a healthy diet with enough nutrients? If the answer to one of these questions is no, then there is no use to stuff yourself with superfoods. A healthy daily routine is essential before you can benefit from additional nutrient efforts. Let’s say a super diet is more important than super foods. Eating one or two superfoods in addition to an unhealthy diet will only give a false sense of security, nothing more, and nothing less. Also, eating loads of superfoods can do more harm than good. High doses of some nutrients can be a risk to your health or can disrupt absorption of other essential nutrients. The key here is to find a good balance. If you want to add specific nutrients to your diet, first look into more familiar, homegrown nutrient-rich foods. Superfoods could be a good addition to a healthy and balanced diet although there is no scientific proof that supports the claims made about superfoods. In case you have not come that far yet, unfortunately, there is no single food that can make up for bad eating habits or can serve as a miracle cure for your dietary problems.

Frozen Acai Treat (almost just like Brazil)

In Rio this frozen treat has the consistency of ice cream and is sold on almost every street corner. Keep in mind you want it to be the consistency of ice cream. You should be able to eat it with a spoon to start. Makes 2 4oz. servings What you’ll need: A Blender, 2 SAMBAZON Acai Berry Smoothie Packs (sweetened or unsweetened). You can find in your frozen food section of your grocery store. Honey to taste ( I use 4 Tsp. ) You won’t need any sweetener if you use the sweetened Acai. 4 oz. of water Let packs sit at room temperature for 10-15 min. Empty both packs into blender with water, you can add ice too – especially to make it thicker. Blend and serve. Mmmm!! Delicious and refreshing. I didn’t even mention how good it is for you too! This Superfood is full of antioxidants and omegas. Now put on some Bossa Nova and imagine you’re walking along the black and white stones of Ipanema…

A Budding Love Com Açai

Açai, pronounced Asayee, is a little purple berry that grows in the Amazon. There are a bunch of different ways to eat it, however, I would argue that the absolute best way to eat it is Açai na tigela (Açai in a bowl). We had it for the first time the other day, just açai with the only topping being granola. IT WAS AMAZING. I’ve never felt this emotionally connected to a fruit in my lifetime. Sure they sell frozen açai in the states, in fact, some restaurants have açai bowls, but I would be willing to bet that they can’t live up to the hype of Açai in Brazil. They way that it’s made here usually is a smoothie/slushie like consistency, and it’s sweet. I think they add honey or something similar, and often times you can order it with fruit and granola. Personal fav=banana and granola. Luckily for me, both banana and granola are the same in Portuguese as they are in English. It’s the little things in life.

The acai bowl you’ve been wanting to make

Let’s get to it — acai bowls. They’re beautiful, colorful, and aesthetically pleasing. What I wanted to know: do they actually taste good? The answer is yes. So much yes. Acai berries are one of the latest “superfoods” to become popular. They’re high in antioxidants, but so are a lot of other fruits, too. Still, they have a really pretty color, and the bowls are fun to make. WHAT YOU NEED: 1 pack Acai Berry Puree [pure unsweetened] 1/2 banana 1 cup frozen berries liquid of choice — I chose 1/2 cup unsweetened green tea topping suggestions: flaxseed, chia seeds, blueberries, strawberries, almonds, mango, honey, agave, sprinkle of sugar WHAT TO DO: In a blender or food processor, combine the puree, banana, berries, and liquid. Finish with toppings. It’s literally that easy. With this recipe, those fancy food insta’s ain’t got nothing on you. xoxo A

Current Obsession- Acai Bowls

For those of you who have never experienced the joy of eating an acai bowl before, I am truly sorry. Acai bowls are a satisfying and guilt-free treat that can serve as a meal replacement or a snack. Acai berries, which are only grown in Brazil, are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and loads of healthy amino and fatty acids that will leave you feeling full and ready to take on the day. If you’re like me, and don’t feel like spending $8+ on one of these yummy bowls, you can make them at home pretty easily. You can do this by combining either acai juice, powder, or frozen smoothie packs (my personal fave!) with your favorite frozen ingredients and some type of liquid, like almond milk. You can use fresh (not frozen) ingredients too, but to get a thicker, more ice-cream like texture I recommend frozen ingredients. Once you’re done, top off your bowl with your favorite healthy toppings- like granola, fresh fruit, and hemp or chia seeds. Here’s a list of all of the best acai bowl tips and tricks from my experience: If you’re trying to get a few more vitamins in, blend in some kale or spinach. No need to worry, the acai berry’s sweetness will mask the vegetable-y taste! Frozen bananas are a great way to add extra creamy-ness to your bowl (and get more potassium!) Chia and hemp seeds are especially yummy in acai bowls (either blended in or as a topping) and are a great source of omega-3s and fiber Granola adds a satisfying crunch to acai bowls- I will post soon about a healthy granola recipe! For a more tropical taste, blend in frozen mango and add a little bit of coconut milk. The sweet fruits add an extra layer of flavor that pairs well with the acai berries. Top with more shredded coconut and fresh mango slices! Do you catch yourself craving something sweet constantly? Top your bowl with some cacao nibs, or drizzle a little bit of agave nectar or honey on top of your bowl to help satisfy your sweet tooth Blending in some peanut or almond butter makes an acai bowl even creamier and even more satisfying because of the protein in the nuts. You can also top the bowl with some toasted nuts for an added layer of crunch! Goji berries are a great topping, and are filled with amino acids, vitamin C, and fiber to help keep you full Acai bowls are a great post-workout snack because of they are packed with amino and fatty acids, which help with muscle regeneration Can’t find smoothie packs or acai powder to make a bowl? You can freeze acai juice (which is much easier to find) and use the frozen juice instead! I hope this post inspired you to go out and try to make your own bowls! Try out your own ingredients and toppings to see what you like the most. Happy (and healthy) living!

Acai Bowl Tips and Tricks

For those of you who have never experienced the joy of eating an acai bowl before, I am truly sorry. Acai bowls are a satisfying and guilt-free treat that can serve as a meal replacement or a snack. Acai berries, which are only grown in Brazil, are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and loads of healthy amino and fatty acids that will leave you feeling full and ready to take on the day. If you’re like me, and don’t feel like spending $8+ on one of these yummy bowls, you can make them at home pretty easily. You can do this by combining either acai juice, powder, or frozen smoothie packs (my personal fave!) with your favorite frozen ingredients and some type of liquid, like almond milk. You can use fresh (not frozen) ingredients too, but to get a thicker, more ice-cream like texture I recommend frozen ingredients. Once you’re done, top off your bowl with your favorite healthy toppings- like granola, fresh fruit, and hemp or chia seeds. Here’s a list of all of the best acai bowl tips and tricks from my experience: If you’re trying to get a few more vitamins in, blend in some kale or spinach. No need to worry, the acai berry’s sweetness will mask the vegetable-y taste! Frozen bananas are a great way to add extra creamy-ness to your bowl (and get more potassium!) Chia and hemp seeds are especially yummy in acai bowls (either blended in or as a topping) and are a great source of omega-3s and fiber Granola adds a satisfying crunch to acai bowls- I will post soon about a healthy granola recipe! For a more tropical taste, blend in frozen mango and add a little bit of coconut milk. The sweet fruits add an extra layer of flavor that pairs well with the acai berries. Top with more shredded coconut and fresh mango slices! Do you catch yourself craving something sweet constantly? Top your bowl with some cacao nibs, or drizzle a little bit of agave nectar or honey on top of your bowl to help satisfy your sweet tooth Blending in some peanut or almond butter makes an acai bowl even creamier and even more satisfying because of the protein in the nuts. You can also top the bowl with some toasted nuts for an added layer of crunch! Goji berries are a great topping, and are filled with amino acids, vitamin C, and fiber to help keep you full Acai bowls are a great post-workout snack because of they are packed with amino and fatty acids, which help with muscle regeneration Can’t find smoothie packs or acai powder to make a bowl? You can freeze acai juice (which is much easier to find) and use the frozen juice instead! I hope this post inspired you to go out and try to make your own bowls! Try out your own ingredients and toppings to see what you like the most. Happy (and healthy) living!

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