Food: How To Make An Açaí Bowl At Home

Nourishing, full of antioxidants and perfect for the warmer days ahead, açaí bowls are basically superthick smoothies often topped with granola, shredded coconut and fruit. The toughest part is getting the texture just right—you want the açaí base to be thick, creamy (not chunky!) and easy to eat with a spoon.

Below is a starter recipe (which serves two).

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Sambazon Açaí Berry packs (found in the freezer section at Whole Foods or your local health food store)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
  • Handful of spinach (optional—though we promise you won’t taste it!)
  • Sliced banana, berries, granola and shredded coconut for toppings

DIRECTIONS

Blend açaí packs, banana and coconut milk (and spinach, if you desire) in a blender until smooth. The mixture will be thick, but add extra milk as needed to ensure everything is completely blended. Split into two bowls and top with sliced banana, granola and coconut.

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Beauty: 6 Honey Based Homemade Face Mask

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1. Honey Mask 
Benefits
Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.
Bad Complexion: Honey is extremely moisturizing, so it helps create “the glow” and we all want “the glow”

Make It
1 tbs Honey
1 egg white
Flour (enough to form a paste)
* Apply the paste directly to the skin and remove after 15 minutes with warm water.

2. Oatmeal Mask
Benefits
Sensitive & Dry Skin: Oatmeal is very soothing for the skin.

Make It
5 tablespoons of Oatmeal
Enough milk to form a paste
* Apply directly to skin and remove after it’s hard, with warm water.

3. Avocado Mask
Benefits
Dry Skin: Avocados are full of minerals that gives moisture to even the driest skin

Make It
1/2 Ripe avocado (mashed)
2 Tbs hot water
1 Tsp Honey
* Combine mashed avocado, water, and honey in a bowl and apply directly to face. Remove after 10 minutes with warm water.

4. Strawberry Honey Mask
Benefits
Acne: Strawberries actually contain essential fruit acids (AHA’s), including salicylic acid, which is commercially sold for acne treatment!

Make It
6 Strawberries (mashed)
1 Tbs Honey
* Apply to face in a circular motion and remove after 10 minutes with warm water.

5. Sour Cream Mask
Benefits
​Dull Complextion: This mask heals, exfoliates, brightens and moisturizes skin

Make It
2 Tbs sour cream
2 Tbs honey
1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar (or lemon juice)
* Combine and apply to face and allow to set for 20 minutes before washing with cool water

6. Banana Mask

Make It
1 Banana (ripe and mashed)
2 Tbs of honey
* Apply directly to skin and remove after 15 minutes with warm water.

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8 Green Smoothies To Try

For most of us, the new year usually means resolutions for healthier eating—especially after all of our holiday indulging. Within the past few years, green smoothies have been the ‘it’ drink of choice, so here are a few recipes I’m inspired to try out this month.

1. This Banana Peach Green Smoothie is creamy and sweet thanks to avocado, peaches, banana and maple syrup!

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2. Looking to reboot your system for 2015? Try this Super Detox Green Cleansing Smoothie.

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3. Caitlin swears by her Good Morning Green Smoothie—she drinks it almost every day! Have fun swapping out seasonal fruit and flavored milks.

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4. Not ready to dive into a fully green smoothie? Try this kid-friendly Strawberry Pomegranate Green Smoothie.

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5. This Coconut Green Smoothie has us dreaming of warmer weather!

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6. This antioxidant-rich Blackberry Green Smoothie is an ideal afternoon treat. And thanks to that gorgeous purple hue, you won’t even realize you’re drinking your greens!

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7. If you’re getting extra serious about your diet, this Fruit-Free Green Smoothie is for you!

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8.We love the addition of almond butter and ginger in My Favorite Green Smoothie.

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Food: No-Bake Energy Bites

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The recipe calls for:

  • chocolate chips
  • toasted coconut
  • vanilla extract
  • peanut butter
  • old fashioned oats
  • honey (or agave nectar)
  • freshly ground flaxseed

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To make the no bake energy bites, just stir all of those ingredients together until combined. (Or if you get tired of using a spoon, just use your hands. I do!)

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Once the mixture is combined, pop it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes so that it will harden slightly. This will help make it easier to roll it into balls.

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The best thing about this recipe is that it is super flexible as well. So if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, or if you are just looking for other substitution ideas, feel free to use:

  • Different (or no) chocolate: I generally use dark chocolate chips. But you can also substitute in any other kinds of chips (butterscotch, milk chocolate, white chocolate, cinnamon chips, etc.). Or if you are vegan, I recommend cacao nibs. Or if you don’t dig chocolate, you can leave this part out all together.
  • Different nut butter: If you are allergic to peanuts, feel free to substitute in any other kinds of nut butter, like almond buttersunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or others. (For a great tutorial on homemade nut butters, check out this great post from Tasty Yummies.)
  • Different sweetener: I really prefer honey in this recipe. But agave also works and is vegan, and some readers have had success with alternative sweeteners too.

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Beauty: Matte Summer Lipstick

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BITE Beauty’s latest lipstick collection. The all-natural makeup brand uses only food-grade ingredients to formulate its wildly popular high-impact pigments—and its new matte crème lip crayons are no exception. Available in six buildable shades of strawberry, raspberry, peach, and currant, the moisturizing hues can be painted on easily to create a perfectly matte mouth, or better yet, patted down to a fresh-picked stain that lasts for hours. You are going to want them all.

BITE Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon, $24; sephora.com

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Beauty: Summer Nail Colors

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What better to complement sun-kissed skin and bare feet than the perfect summertime mani-pedi!? Whether you prefer to stick to a neutral nail (think: crisp whites) or paint on a bright, bold hue (hello, cobalt blue), the 12 best polishes for you to wear before the warm weather ends!

1. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in “Walking On Sunshine” ($18)
2. Julep Color Treat in “Eva” ($14)
3. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in “Mirabella” ($27)
4. Butter London Nail Lacquer in “Trout Pout” ($15)
5. JINsoon Nail Lacquer in “Dolly Pink” ($18)
6. Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer  in “Funny Girl” ($18)
7. Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Extreme Wear Nail Color in “White Out” ($2.99)
8. O.P.I. Best Of Summer Nail Lacquer in “Kiss Me I’m Brazilian” ($9.50)
9. Sephora Color Hit Nail Polish in “Psychedelic” ($5)
10. Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture Nail Lacquer in “Bleu Majorelle” ($27)
11. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in “Pool Boy” ($10)
12. Essie in “Ruffles & Feathers” ($8.50)

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Beauty: Romantic Summer Hairstyles

French-Braided Bun:

1. Do a dutch french braid (a braid that is braided under vs. over) starting from one temple and braiding down the length of your hair.
2. Wrap your braids toward the middle of your head and pin down.
3. Tuck the rest of your hair into the braided strand and pin down, securing completely.

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Knotted Bun:
1. Gather your hair and split into two even sections.
2. Tie a knot.
3. Twist each end and wrap around the base of the knot.
4. Pin down to secure.

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Braid-Wrapped Up-do:
1. Gather a V-section of hair from the front part of your head.
2. Tie the rest into a high ponytail.
3. Take one strand from the front part of your head and two strands from the ponytail, and begin braiding them.
4. Continue adding strands from the front part of your head and the ponytail to create a braid that wraps around the ponytail.
5. When there are no strands left from the front of your head, continue braiding the rest of the strands from the ponytail onto one side of your head.
6. Tie off the braid and tuck the ends into a nook of the braid.
7. Pin hair down and you’re done!

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