Stay Close To Anything That Makes You Glad You’re Alive

He makes me so happy. I don’t want to leave.
This is Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Centre. It’s a multimillion dollar establishment in the form of a giant glasshouse featuring canalboats, waterfalls and other extravagant things. It is also very easy to get lost in. So romantic, I actually cried here. Really. But for other non-romantic, overemotional reasons. image-png-5
See! It’s a canalboat!
Soooo romantic.
Guys, this is what compromise looks like. Haha I’m joking. This is what inequality looks like :P He wanted to cook me eggs, I did not want to eat eggs, (I wanted muesli). Come on, he should know that! I love muesli! image-1-png-4
Probably the best avo toast of my life! From Proper Bagel. Also got a chance to meet Chris, a friend I met on Instagram who has also done JET (we found each other through jetprogram hashtags). image-png-6
His chicken waldorf salad bagel. Looks good right!
I have a thing or two to learn from him. THIS is what compromise might look like. He craved ice-cream, I didn’t want to get fat(ter) so we agreed on this instead. Acai bowl from Franklin Juice Company.
Doing all the American things, I went to a hockey game. It was cold and it was awesome! I loved it so much. I loved it because I was entertained the whole night. Every few minutes there was a song, or a movie-clip or a random sound affect played. Sooo cool! I haven’t ever experienced sport like this.
Last but not least, as my dear follower’s recommendation, the Batman building in downtown Nashville!

the countdown is on!

So, it’s ten days to my 23rd birthday (I can’t believe how young I am, I feel like I’ve lived an eternity) and as a gift to myself on the day, I’ve decided to concentrate on eating super good until then. First up, breakfast.

Day 1: a simple acai bowl
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup of water
2 tsp acai powder
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Day 2: light green-smoothie 
1 frozen banana
a big handful of washed lettuce
a chunk of fresh pineapple
1/2 cup of water
(To be honest, lettuce in smoothie form tastes kinda gross – spinach is much better. Ah well, lesson learnt.)
Day 3: carrot bowl
2 small frozen bananas
1 cup of 100% carrot juice
imageDay 4: pumpkin pie
1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup cooked pumpkin
a little honey and cinnamon
image (3)Day 5: chocolate for breakfast
2 small frozen bananas
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp honey
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Review No22 Pure Jungle Acai

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There are many unwarranted food trends out there (cough: cronuts). However; when it comes to Acai bowls (pronoucned: ah-sigh-eee) the buzz is 100% justifiable. This is because Acai bowls made from the Acai berry (a super superfood from Brazil) are filled to the brim (both literally and figuratively) with endless health benefits. Some of these include; antioxidants, omega-3s and amino acids. What’s more; these little berries pretty much outrank nearly all other superfruit on our planet; including pomegranates, blueberries and goji berries.

Today, the best Acai bowls in New Zealand are sold by Brazilians Cristina Orcy and Gustavo Pereira (founders of Pure Jungle Acai) in beautiful Mount Maunganui. Trust me, I’m speaking from experience. When I initially spotted their adorable caravan set up, I had been desperately scouting the streets for something healthy (and delicious) to eat before climbing the Mount. Disheartened and about to give in to a sugary muesli bar or the like, I was fortunate to lay eyes on the white Pure Jungle Acai caravan. When I asked Gustavo which menu item he recommended, he gave me a low-down of each product and its numerous health benefits. Gustavo explained that for Brazilians such as he and his partner, Acai has been a staple food for centuries, especially in the Amazon region:  “a perfect bowl of Acai, as we have in Brazil, is a part of a happy and positive life style and we want to bring a little bit of that to New Zealand”. In other words, if you can’t make it to Brazil, Pure Jungle Acai is the next best thing.

Acai & Coconut Chia Pudding Parfait: Chia pudding made with house made coconut milk; layered between a creamy blend of PureJungle organic acai, banana & blueberries, topped with coconut flakes, almond slices and fresh rockmelon (raw, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free).

Similar to ice-cream or froyo minus the extensive sugar and unnecessary calories, my chia pudding not only satisfied my sweet tooth but also thoroughly sustained me for the remainder of my adventure-filled day. I definitely recommend these guys – undoubtedly, they know their shizzle when it comes to Brazilian berries you know, seeing as they’re Brazilian. What I’m trying to say is, just as you’d go to an authentic Italian for pizza and legitimate Japanese for sushi, Cristina and Gustavo are the go-to for Acai.

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