Perfect Summer Breakfast: Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl

Chances are you’ve heard of these Acai (HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE IT?!?) bowls. I was a little skeptical to give it a try because they looked like purple mud, but it is now one of my absolute favorite things. They are incredibly filling and keep you full and happy well into lunch. Here is the recipe and process for my own personal Acai Bowl:

Ingredients for blender:

  • 1 Pack of Sambazon Unsweetened Acai Smoothie (They come in a pack of 4. I get mine at Whole Foods)
  • 1 Banana (The more ripe, the better. Even if they’re brownish)
  • 1/2-3/4 a cup of Frozen or Fresh Blueberries (if you prefer more, do more)
  • 1/4 Cup of Water
  • *2 Tbsp of Honey if you like it sweeter*

Toppings: 

  • 1/2 Cup of Honey Almond Granola (got mine at Whole Foods) or any Granola you love.
  • 2 Tbsp of Chia Seeds (THEY KEEP YOU VERY FULL AND ARE SUPER GOOD FOR YOU)
  • 1/8 Cup of Raisins
  • Extra blueberries
  • *you can literally top these with whatever you like such as Peanut Butter, Banana, Strawberries, Pineapple, Chicken Tenders… knock yourself out*

RECIPE:

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  1.  take your Sambazon Acai Smoothie Pack and run it under warm water for 5 seconds to loosen it up. It’s impossible to get out of the plastic without this step. Then, empty contents of the pack into your blender, NutriBullet, or Ninja. Break your banana in half and throw it in. Drop in your blueberries. Pour in your water. It should look like the picture below.

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2. BLEND. If you run into a little difficulty with blending, add a bit more water. Continue until smooth (about a minute). Then, pour your smoothie into a bowl. It should have the consistency of a smoothie, not a soup.

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3. Top your smoothie bowl! This is really where the creative, personal choice comes into play. I top mine with granola, raisins, blueberries, and chia seeds and I LOVE the taste. If you want an Instagram-Worthy photo op, line your ingredients as neatly as you can. If you don’t really care, just sprinkle them on top like a wild animal (MOSTLY WHAT I DO because I am INDEED a wild animal). IMG_1392

AND HERE IS THE FINAL PRODUCT:

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I hope you guys give this recipe a try, or even make it your own and switch it up. 

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Do I Attract Creeps (and other concerns from being in the city)?

Just a typical Monday and I survived my long morning commute to Chicago via train. The music in my earphones drowned out the chatter of people arguing with the conductors about why they don’t have a ticket (this happens every time).

I grabbed a black coffee to wake me up from the corner bakery outside Union Station as I waited for my Uber. My first uber cancelled on me (I couldn’t believe it) and I was eventually picked up by Jayc, my very kind driver. He was concerned about my drop off point saying “we gon’ get jumped over there”.

I finished my slow, dragging class and went into my usual panera to sit, not eat, and use their Wifi: The joys of being a part of the technological generation. I was approached at my quiet little table by a boy who asked to sit with me. I passively agreed and looked back at my tablet… But then, of course, he wanted to talk.

I guess I can’t accept friendliness as friendliness in a world where a guy talking to a girl often ends in them asking for your number. He wanted to know everything about my college experience. I just wanted to bask in my loneliness.  Does this make me a cold-hearted wench? I’m not sure.

Additionally, during my panera trip, a homeless man quietly ventured through the restaurant asking for money and food. I have neither so I did the traditional bitchy Chicago thing and ignored him.

During my last year, when I used to actually live downtown, I was involved in some sketchy situations. I was an innocent bystander in a 7/11 hold up. I had a presumably mentally ill man whisper in my ear “y’all gon die” referring to my friend and I; not the most comforting message at 3 am on the CTA. I had a “rapper” come up to my roommate Taylor and I offering us some Patron. I had an insane boy try to kill me because I didn’t want to date him (after one day of meeting him).

Each day downtown provides you with some incredibly interesting stories. There is always something happening and there’s nothing better than fearing for your life sometimes, right? 

5 Ways to Naturally Relieve Anxiety 

Anxiety, Panic, and Depression…. If you’re familiar with these debilitating illnesses you know it sometimes feels impossible to escape. But, know you’re not alone: over 40 million Americans are feeling the same way. Although it may seem like the pharmacy is the one and only oasis..Here are some calming things you can do to naturally relieve yourself:

1. Exercise and Yoga 

Working out releases endorphins through your body that will instantaneously improve the way you’re feeling.. and while you’re at it maybe you’ll get an even more improved version of your already awesome bod. Next time you’re feeling overcome with negative feelings.. head towards the gym or pull up a YouTube tutorial and do it at home.

2. Clean up your Diet

Nobody’s perfect. We all love to indulge in the delicious treats and meals that make us happy. But, believe it or not, some foods can actually enhance symptoms of anxiety and depression. Coffee, chocolate, and other caffeinated foods can trigger panic attacks and uneasiness. Instead try a lightly caffeinated tea.. It will keep you awake but not freak you out. Alcohol may seem like an easy self-mediator, but actually can drive you deeper into intense depression. Try to limit drinking to 1-2 times a week. Processed foods are also good to avoid. Try incorporating fresh ingredients into your everyday meals for gradual improvements.

3. Keep a Journal

Not comfortable sharing your feelings with others? The time will probably come where you will feel able to talk to someone, but until then try writing down the way you’re feeling in a personal journal or diary. This will help get heavy thoughts out of your head and cleanse yourself at the end of each day. Instead of only focusing on the negatives, make a list of things you’ve accomplished and hope to accomplish. 

4. BREATHE

The shakes, the sweats, and the light-headedness.. We’ve all been there at one time or another. If you find yourself in an immediate panic, focus in on your breathing. First of all, make sure it’s happening. Secondly, breathe in slowly on counts of ten and then hold for a few seconds. Slowly let the air out in a small stream. Closing your eyes while doing this can help find your inner calm. 

5. Eliminate Stress Factors

Of course, most of us can’t quit our jobs (unless we are financially stable or retiring) and dropping out of college (although it may sound appealing) will make getting a job a little harder, but there could be other things in your day that have to go. Negative people in your life? If they aren’t family, try your best to push them away. Unhappy with current location? Try to research new places you’ve always wanted to live or maybe even just a weekend road trip for new surroundings. When it comes to college.. Stay on top of your assignments. Falling behind will increase stress and make it feel impossible.

*I am not a doctor.. These are what has helped me*

Comment below with what has helped you or if you’ve tried any of these techniques!