Friday, September 7, 2012

Bangs! {& Homemade 'Vitality' Bowl Recipe}

Guys, I went for it! I got my hair trimmed yesterday and got bangs. And so far, I love them!!

My hairstylist did an amazing job and got exactly what I wanted - I am so happy with it! She thinned out the bottom of my hair, too, which is really nice because it always gets super thick and at the ends it kind of explodes if you know what I mean. 

I haven't had bangs since I was a lot younger but I'm glad I took the risk and decided to try something other than the same haircut I've had for years. :) 

In other news, I went to this place called Vitality Bowls yesterday that I've been meaning to try out. They make a bunch of acai smoothie bowls and top each with a different combo of fruit, granola, nuts, goji berries, and honey. 

I got their original bowl which was acai, banana, strawberries, flaxseed, soy milk, and apple juice, and then it was topped with banana slices, strawberry slices, granola, goji berries, and honey. It was so good!! I never thought to top a smoothie with even more fruit - but I loved it! Definitely worth the $8 it cost. 

I loved the bowl so much I considered going this morning and getting one for breakfast - when I realized that I could probably make a bowl that was almost as good (and one that had more protein) at home! 

Here's what I came up with:

Banana Pineapple "Vitality" Bowl

by Julianna Foster
Prep Time: 5 min

Ingredients (1 bowl)
    for the smoothie base:
    • 1 cup frozen pineapple
    • 1/2 frozen banana
    • handful fresh blueberries (optional)
    • 1 1/2 scoops vanilla protein powder
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1/3 cup milk (add more/less to desired consistency)
    for topping:
    • 1/4 cup granola or other cereal
    • 1 cup fresh fruit (I used blueberries and raspberries, but any fruit will work)
    • drizzle of honey or coconut butter (optional)
    blend ingredients for the smoothie base until desired consistency is reached. since it's a smoothie bowl, the thicker, the better!
    top with granola, sliced fresh fruit, and any other desired toppings.
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    This bowl was really filling and I love how customizeable it is! You could use basically any other frozen fruit in the smoothie, top it with any combo of fresh fruit and cereal, and there's so many other topping options. Shredded coconut, raisins, almond meal, coconut butter, chocolate shavings - you get the idea!

    I would've added spinach to the smoothie base (which I would highly recommend! easy way to get your veggies in early in the day!) but I ran out of spinach since I've been using so much for my 7-day Green Smoothie Challenge. This bowl's going to have to count for today since I don't have time to run to the store - but tomorrow I'm probably going to make another bowl like this for breakfast and I'll make sure to include spinach!

    what's the biggest risk you've taken with your hair?
    ever topped a smoothie bowl with fresh fruit?


    1. The biggest risk I took was to go from way too long with layers mom hair to an angled bob. When I look took about a year until it grew enough to look good.

    2. Your hair looks so beautiful! Love it!!! The biggest risk I've ever taken with my hair is cutting it and donating it (I have a blog post on it).

    3. Wow, that Vitality Bowls place sounds awesome and I love the bangs! :)
      I need to get a haircut too...and perhaps my eyebrows done :P

    4. You look absolutely GORGEOUS, Julianna!!! :D

    5. Hey- I just stumbled upon your blog!!! Looks exciting to continue to follow you... I don't read many college blogs, and it's so awesome since I'm also in University currently. You will love UCLA- my older sister just graduated from there and loves it! Can't wait to hear more about your freshman year... it's definitely a fun one!