Friday, 29 July 2016

Açaí bowl (+ blogging goodbyes)

Oh goodness.... it's been a while since I last blogged. Oops. In fact - almost 3 months.

What have I been doing during this time?!?! Where have I been?! Why the neglect?!

Welllll between finishing up university, moving back to Northern Ireland + into a new home, travelling around South/Central America + California, spending time celebrating both my husband's + my own graduation back in Scotland, and finally becoming a registered Nutritionist. You can say it's been pretty hectic. But in a very, very good way. It's been a fun few months, yet unfortunately with not having much time to think of new recipes/write them up, the blog was pushed unto the back burner. 

As well, this will sadly be the last Juicy Lucie Foods recipe post I ever do! I'm so sorry. I've absolutely loved sharing lots of meal ideas with you over the course of my time at university. As well, I have loved even more that you guys have enjoyed making them for yourselves. When I began this blog, I hoped that it would be inspiring, and that the thought of healthy eating wouldn't be daunting or restrictive. In fact, that you could see that it can be done on a student budget, simple to make and still taste delicious. 

Over the years my love for cooking and experimenting with ingredients has grown. As well as knowing that eating healthily is all about BALANCE. One simple word. Yet can sometimes be challenging for us to grasp. When I started out on my Nutrition course, I was quite restrictive on what I ate, as I was over-aware of what I was putting into my body. However over time, and especially with doing the blog, I realised that wasn't a healthy way to live. Besides indulging every now and again (nutella from the jar anyone??), I learnt to get creative in the kitchen, and make healthier alternatives of my favourite treats (*hello nice cream and caramel squares*). Which in my opinion, taste as good as the original thing, as well as being nourishing for your body. Yay!

Life's too short to be overly restrictive. Enjoy what you eat! I think nowadays, society has sadly over-complicated food, with fad-diets and low fat/sugar laden products etc. As well as making you feel somewhat 'guilty' for not drinking a raw-kale-dairy-everything-free smoothie on a daily basis. Eating healthy is meant to be so simple! Love good, fresh and nourishing ingredients bursting with flavour. Eat seasonally and try to buy ingredients locally if possible. Buy and cook in bulks. Share meals with friends. Challenge yourself to new recipes/ foods you've never tried before, and remember to treat yourself. You know what people say about a healthy body equalling a healthy mind; it's so true! So if that means eating a Krispy Kreme every now and again to keep sane. Do it. Balance is key.

This may be the last recipe post I'll do for my Juicy Lucie blog, however this is not goodbye, as I've been excitedly planning a new food business venture to embark on. I CAN NOT WAIT to share it with you all. Keep your eyes on the look out over the forthcoming weeks for news about it (eeeeek!). Love you all lots & I can't thank you enough for reading my blog posts over the years. Makes my heart so happy!!! So in return, here's a recipe to say a massssssive thanks for being absolute legends. Over and out. 

Juicy xx

Açaí bowl

Serves 1

1 Frozen Banana
1 tablespoon of Acai Powder
1 tablespoon of Nut Butter
60g of Frozen Mixed Berries
50ml Milk of Choice (Cow's/ Almond etc)
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Essence

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until creamy/smooth. 
  2. Transfer into a bowl and top with whatever you fancy! Examples: granola, sliced bananas and chia seeds.



P.S. Acai berries are packed with antioxidants and taste amazing when added into smoothies. They can also come in a pulp form. However I tend to use the powdered. It may be difficult to find in your local supermarket but I recommend buying online. I'm pretty sure I saw packets on Amazon!