Honeymoon Acai Bowl

Since our honeymoon in Hawaii, my husband and I have been eager to recreate the infamous acai (pronounced “ah-sah-EE”) bowl that’s been popping up on trendy breakfast menus around Melbourne. Many versions of the acai bowl I have tried have been too sweet and it’s taken me a while to get this recipe right.

The once humble, but absolutely delicious acai berry originates from Central and South America. Some studies have shown that the berry has a higher concentration of antioxidants when compared with other berries, therefore making it’s claim to superfood stardom, but I should note that the research on the health benefits of the acai berry is limited and a variety of fruits and vegetables found at your local green grocer are just as effective and more economical.

An acai bowl addiction can become an expensive one (approximately $9.50 per 400g of frozen puree packs), so it’s not something we would make every morning for breakfast. Having said that, it is a wonderful weekend treat that we love to reminisce over.

A hui hou – Until we meet again.

 

Love Wifey xx

 

Honeymoon Acai Bowl

 

Ingredients

2 x 100g Acai berry frozen puree packs (I use Amazonia, they are usually found in the frozen section of gourmet food stores and health food stores)

100ml Almond milk or Soy milk

1 handful of frozen berries (I love to use raspberries and blackberries)

1 frozen banana (or fresh – my husband likes it this way)

Fruit (I like to use sliced banana, strawberries or kiwi fruit)

Muesli (I prefer to make my own with seeds and nuts and low in sugar)

Shredded coconut

Flaked almonds

 

Method (Serves 2)

  1. Add the milk, banana, frozen berries and acai packs to your blender and blend until you get a thick consistency.
  2. Divide the mixture into bowls and top with muesli, shredded coconut, flaked almonds and fruit.
  3. Sit back, hang loose and enjoy the flavours of Hawaii!

Bowl Full of Love: Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Cranberry, Pomegranate & Nuts

Usually on a weekend, when we aren’t held up with a billion things to do and places to go, I like to get creative in the kitchen and make something extra special for my husband for breakfast. I guess it’s my way of saying thank you for all that he does for me, after all food is love right?

This dish is filled with love and is the perfect winter breakfast, it’s warm, full of protein to keep you full and not to mention a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants to help fight off the winter blues.

So go on and share the love!

Love Wifey xx

 

Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Cranberry, Pomegranate & Nuts

Ingredients

1/2 cup quinoa flakes

1 cup almond milk

scoop of vanilla protein powder

1/4 cup shredded/desiccated coconut plus some for sprinkling

sprinkle of cinnamon

handful of dried cranberries

1/2 pomegranate

handful of pistachios roughly chopped

handful of flaked almonds

 

Method (Serves 2)

  1. In a saucepan on a medium heat, combine the quinoa flakes and almond milk and gently cook stirring frequently for approximately 3 minutes until a porridge consistency is achieved.
  2. Remove from heat, add protein powder, coconut, cinnamon and stir through.
  3. Divide the porridge into two bowls and top with a sprinkle of coconut, flaked almonds, cranberries, pomegranate kernels and pistachio.

 

I was strong that day

So It’s been a little while since my last post…(a year to be exact) and a lot has happened since. Reflecting back, it’s amazing what can happen in a year, how your life can be turned around and the person that you are now couldn’t even be imaginable a year ago.

In just over a year I have become a wife and now a mother. On the 18th of May this year, my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful baby boy. Motherhood isn’t easy, we all know it isn’t easy, but until it is experienced the degree of difficulty really isn’t known.

For me pregnancy was a really enjoyable experience, a new and humbling experience. It made me realise what an amazing machine the human body really is. The transformation that happens to a woman’s body to support and nurture delicate little cells into a human life is just surreal.

But oh boy, I really could not imagine or begin to understand the strength and ability of my body during the birthing process. I won’t lie, it was painful…indescribably painful, but WOW – what a divine experience, an experience leaving me empowered as a woman. It’s true what they say, you don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have and that day I was strong. That day my husband was strong, with his encouragement, support and love I was able to conquer my greatest fears and believe in myself.

After five and a half hours of labour we finally got to meet our beautiful little angel and almost instantaneously the pain and the life I knew didn’t even matter. Everything was perfect just how it was.

Unfortunately, that moment didn’t last very long, after the delivery of the placenta I suffered major complications. A real whirlwind of emotions suddenly overcame me. It was a bitter sweet moment… I had just had the most amazing experience, the best in my life and suddenly everything felt like it was being ripped away. Having to say goodbye to my husband and my newborn son knowing in the back of my mind that there was a possibility that I wouldn’t return was the hardest. But I was strong that day.

Thirty-six hours bedridden in ICU gave me a lot of time to think. To think how lucky I was to have a loving and supportive husband, a beautiful son, family and friends. How lucky I was to feel the air in my lungs and the beat of my heart. How lucky I was to be alive.

 

 

 

 

Lesson #1 – “Men don’t think…”

“I’m so angry!! I bet he hasn’t even brought the washing in!”

“Did you ask him to?”

“No.”

“Then how would he know if you didn’t tell him to bring the washing in!”

If I got a dollar for the amount of times this conversation has been played out, I think I’d be rich! How many times have you heard this? “I can’t believe he didn’t think of…fill this space”. Has this happened to you? It’s happened to me trillions of times before, but after receiving free relationship advice from my patients that have been in happy marriages for over 50 years, one particular piece of advice that has helped me deal with this scenario has stuck with me…

Men don’t think…like women.

Women think (maybe too much), expect and assume. In our mind, we create perfect scenarios with perfect endings and when things don’t turn out that way we are disappointed, angry and hurt. We take it out on our boyfriends, fiancés and husbands without realising how unreasonable we can be.

However, there is a solution to the headaches we inflict on our partners and ourselves and it’s simple. Take a step back and think…How would you feel if the roles were reversed and you were on the receiving end of your expectations and assumptions? Try to understand their way of thinking, their logic. Remember, no one is perfect, we’re human… not mind readers.

Give it a go, train your mind into dropping those perfect scenarios and replace your assumptions with the ability to communicate with your partner. If you need help… simply ASK for it. If you’re worried/upset/angry about something…TALK about it. It’s amazing how so many misunderstandings can be cleared up with a little chat.

It’s as simple and as complex as that.

Day One

After 12 months of preparation, the best day of my life was over…just like that. For any of you ladies that are married, you know what I mean, and for those of you that don’t, well you will understand when your day is here. All the stress, drama and fuss that you go through, literally vanishes overnight.

In the lead up to the wedding everyone would say, “take in every moment and be present, it goes so fast”, but it’s not until the day arrives that you truly understand the meaning. The day DOES go fast, it’s an incredible experience that really is indescribable.

There is such a whirlwind of emotions. Like a dream, you see people, but the faces are almost unrecognizable, except for that one face that is so clear, your husband. That’s the only way I think I can describe that day, my husband’s face and this incredibly elated feeling of love and happiness for his face. And you know what…through all the craziness, to have that feeling at the end is everything. Love.