Beet Acai Bowl with Coconut-Banana Granola

February has nearly passed and I'm not sure where the past two months have gone. I've been thinking a lot about my goals for the year and how I have been approaching them at the absolute slowest speed. One of the goals I was crazy about in December was to complete a half marathon or a triathlon (or both) by the end of 2017. Since the year began, my schedule has become busier and my body has required more sleep than usual, which are two lame excuses for why I haven't been up early and running before work or out late at the gym after dark. This past week, I've been doing my best to use my spare time to run or do some sort of physical activity. This includes the small moments between my daily obligations, such as those I would usually spend laying on my bed scrolling through the depths of instagram. To motivate myself, I've done the following:

- Leave my yoga mat out on my bedroom floor 80% of the time 
- Make new running playlists that I look forward to hearing 
- Keep my running shoes by the door in plain sight 
- Cook healthy, protein-rich meals and make more smoothies to give myself more energy
- Stay away from routine by changing up running trails, workout routines, and yoga poses 
- Reward myself every so often with new exercise clothing or equipment 

I've found a lot of enjoyment and improvement in using youtube for guided yoga and pilates videos. My favorite channels are Yoga with AdrieneYoga with TimBoho Beautiful, and Tara Stiles. Lately, I've been all about Yoga with Tim's 30 day total body yoga series. It's perfect if you're looking for a refreshing set of videos that begin basic (but not boring) and finish strong and advanced. 

This morning, I woke up early to get a workout in and was feeling pumped at the sound of Sia's "The Greatest" and The Chainsmokers "Roses." In the moments between me mouthing "I've got stamina" to myself during my run, I had the grand vision of including one of my running playlists in this post. I danced around the idea as I hit mile #3 while listening to songs within my top-secret Spotify playlist.

Later, when I started to come down from my runner's high (which is truly a thing), I realized that it might be a little out of my comfort zone to include "Sorry" by Justin Bieber on my official Acai Bowl playlist. However, I have apparently come to the conclusion that it is ok to admit in writing that I really do enjoy and jam out to these songs while I run. Whatever works to get us going, am I right?

Maybe one day I'll build enough courage to share my running playlist with you all without blushing too hard, but for now, I'd love to pair my favorite smoothie of the month with my favorite songs of the month. Here they are:

I love sipping a smoothie on the go as much as the next busy and hardworking gal or guy, but there's something special about sitting down and enjoying a wholesome smoothie bowl topped with crunchy granola and fresh fruit in the morning light. This beet-acai bowl has been THE post-workout breakfast of February.

Let the good habits carry into March, and happy smoothie bowl making!

Beet-Acai Bowl with Coconut-Banana Granola 
Yield: 1 bowl

for the granola:
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup raw pepitas
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon sea salt

for the beet-acai smoothie:
- 1/4 cup beet puree
- handful spinach
- handful blueberries
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1/3 cup mango, frozen
- 1 tablespoon acai powder
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1/4 cup coconut milk

for the topping: shredded coconut, chia seeds, blueberries, banana slices, fresh mango*

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 
  2. Whisk together bananas, coconut sugar, and coconut oil. Then, add the oats, shredded coconut, pipits, chia seeds, and sea salt and stir until the ingredients are fully combined. 
  3. Place the granola on the prepared sheet pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes, but remove and stir after every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
  4. Make the smoothie by blending beet puree, spinach, blueberries, banana, mango, acai powder, chia seeds, and coconut milk together until smooth.  
  5. Place 1/4 cup granola in the bottom of a medium bowl and pour the smoothie over the top to fill the bowl. Then, top with shredded coconut, chia seeds, blueberries, banana slices, fresh mango, and extra granola. Enjoy!~
* I learned how to slice the mango as shown specifically for this post. Thank you youtube for providing me with instructional food videos, despite how cheesy they may be.

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