Health & Beauty | 1 January 2016A Better Breakfast: The Kona Acai Bowl Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Authors Tara Mardigan and Kate Weiler are both passionate about food and fitness. More importantly, they believe fueling the body with healthful, nutrient-dense food is the only way to properly prepare the body for fitness. In Real Fit Kitchen they help eaters of all food preferences and backgrounds learn how to take a more healthy approach to eating through food and beverage swaps and replacing supplements and pills. Their recipes will leave your body ready to take on any feat of endurance without disappointing your taste buds. One popular breakfast food is the acai bowl. Here is Tara and Kate’s recipe for a better breakfast and a tastier bowl. Kate’s Kona Bowl In Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, there is a little hut on Ali’i Drive where professional and amateur Ironman triathletes alike line up for the one menu item: açaí bowls. When Kate was there to compete in the Ironman, she couldn’t get enough of these bowls, and when she came back home, she tried to recreate them in her kitchen and ordered them at smoothie shops. Nothing seemed to match those açaí bowls in Kona. Kate came across the site Breakfast Criminals and convinced Ksenia to share her recipe. Check out her site at www.breakfastcriminals.com. This recipe is a great replacement for cold cereal or oatmeal at breakfast or for sorbet or other desserts. Ingredients: Servings: 1 3½ ounces (100 g) frozen açaí (or look for a frozen packet or pouch) 1 banana ½ cup (125 g) frozen strawberries ½ cup (90 g) frozen mango ²?³ cup (160 ml) coconut water or maple water ¼ cup (60 ml) unsweetened aloe vera juice 1 teaspoon maca powder For topping: 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs 1 tablespoon mulberries (optional) Combine all the ingredients in a blender. If the mixture is too thick, slowly add almond milk or water and blend until smooth. Note: Get creative with toppings! Try adding berries, sliced banana, unsweetened coconut flakes, goji berries, sliced almonds, or chia seeds. Ugrade! This recipe is a great replacement for cold cereal or oatmeal at breakfast or for sorbet or other dessert. Did you know? Açaí berries are known for their high level of antioxidants, chemicals that help keep you healthy by blocking free radicals that can damage cells. ? Preworkout ? Postworkout ? Gluten Free ? Dairy Free ? Vegan *Low FODMAP-friendly: Use frozen pineapple chunks instead of mango. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Upgrade your performance and diet. Get real and break free from the packaged bars and powders. Admit it, your idea of sports nutrition needs an upgrade. Are you still reaching for low-fat cheese sticks and peanut butter bagels for pre-event meals? Let’s get real and break free from the packaged bars and powders. Active people, fitness lovers and athletes need practical guidance and proper knowledge about nutrition. Real Fit Kitchen is just what you’re craving. Nutrition experts Tara Mardigan and Kate Weiler prove that the foods, supplements and beverages, that many think are aiding performance, are actually hindering and can be easily replaced with healthy, real, clean food. For example: – Instead of consuming chemical-laden and performance-hindering additives in packaged recovery drinks, make your own performance-boosting chocolate protein recovery drink. – Replace liver-damaging pain-relief medications that dehydrate and disrupt electrolyte absorption, try a tart cherry juice smoothie. – Substitute peanut butter laden with inflammatory trans fat and added sugar for muscle-rebuilding pecan cashew maca butter. More nutritious than store bought products, Real Fit Kitchen provides 100 healthy meals, snacks, smoothies, and more, including new ingredients (like performance-enhancing raw cacao, turmeric, and chlorella) to upgrade anyone’s diet. Learn to make more efficient, cost-effective meals that your whole family will eat. Enjoy natural food, and replace sports nutrition unhealthy products that do not properly sustain an active lifestyle with delicious and easy recipes that the whole family will love. “Finally–a cookbook that combines common sense, nutrition science, and a passion for delicious food! Kate and Tara’s recipes help us eat for an active, healthy, balanced life, with an emphasis on real, plant-based foods rather than highly processed bars and powders. I recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration to create delicious, satisfying meals. I wish all of my patients would take this book to heart–the world would be a happier, healthier place!” – Dara Lee Lewis, M.D., FACC, instructor, Harvard Medical School and cardiologist, Lown Cardiovascular Center “Tara and Kate are one of the greatest teams nutrition has ever seen. Their blockbuster playbook of recipes and eat-to-win advice is a must-read for anyone who wants to take care of their body. I learned a new fact on every page and will eat much better from now on because of it.” – Jon Meterparel, play-by-play voice of Boston College Football and Basketball on the IMG Sports Network and play-by-play talent, ONE World Sports TV Network Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.