Surf Bites: Post surf food to keep you fueled!
Meet Susan Boensch, a Wahine Kai member living in LA County’s Redondo Beach. Susan regularly surfs at El Porto and Manhattan Beach, but loves to come down to OC beaches whenever possible. She is a Canadian, living with her husband and teens in California since 2018. She has had the opportunity to live in several countries and surf in some pretty sweet places including Honolulu, Maui, Australia, Santa Cruz and Tofino, Canada. She will be contributing a Surf Bites column with recipes, nutritional facts and restaurant recommendations to our upcoming WK Blog and Newsletters.
Photo: Susan Boensch, riding some fun waves.
The Right Stuff – Eat to Surf
Healthy, nourishing, delicious: my three requirements for any food I feel inspired to prepare. My other favorite adjectives when it comes to cooking include easy, accessible, powerful and attractive. Recipes that are quick and easy to prepare serve my lifestyle best, keeping a fridge full of fast, healthy snacks for hungry teenagers made with accessible, fresh and local ingredients, that are readily available. As for the powerful, food is the fuel, after all, that powers our body’s energy, boosts the immune system and has a profound effect on mood, sleep and overall wellbeing. As an added bonus, food serves as a celebration, bringing us together with family or friends on nearly any occasion so of course we want to create a dish that is both attractive and delicious.
Break the Fast – A chocolate lover’s treat…. Pudding for breakfast?!
As a morning surfer, I love a small portion of nutritionally dense breakfast. This will wake up my metabolism and give me energy to paddle out. Overnight oats with fresh fruit and nutritionally dense muffins or power balls can all be prepared in advance. But one of my favorite go-to treats and yes, breakfast is this Chocolate Chia Pudding:
· 12 dates, fresh & pitted, soak for 3 hours minimum
· ½ cup cashews, raw, soak for 3 hours minimum
· 2 cups coconut or almond milk, unsweetened
· ½ cup cocoa powder
· ½ cup chia seeds
· 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup
· 1 tsp vanilla
· Shredded coconut and berries to garnish
1. Drain dates and cashews and add to blender with coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla.
2. Blend on medium speed until smooth.
3. Stir in chia seeds and wait 5 minutes for pudding to thicken.
4. Pour in individual bowls, refrigerate overnight.
5. Garnish with a sprinkle of coconut and a blueberries or other fruit.
Chocolate chia pudding, topped with shredded coconut
Food on the Go! Acai Bowls – the inside scoop
I am definitely not the homemaker type that prepares every meal from scratch. I love to grab a healthy meal or snack and support smaller businesses that cook with fresh and healthy ingredients. How lucky I am to have discovered Natureba Brazilian Juice Bar in my very own community! A petit, festive restaurant with tables inside and out offering smoothies, snacks and the best acai bowls imaginable.
Can this dreamy treat really be a superfood? Let’s dissect the Acai bowl. I love Natureba’s Berry Bowl, one of several acai bowls they offer. I usually request to have peanut butter blended with the acai for an extra protein boost. Then drizzle some Immunity booster honey on top. The icy acai is cool and creamy, and this frozen superfood berry treat is packed with antioxidants and fiber. Then a layer of granola, a mix of oats nuts and seed that deliver protein, iron and heart healthy fats including beta glucan, a cholesterol-lowering fiber. The top of the bowl contains a layer of strawberries and a diced potassium-stick, aka the banana. Its virtually a bowl of health and you don’t even require a prescription to get it. Highly recommended, enjoy!
Natureba Brazillan Juice Bar is located at 2415 Artesia Blvd in Redondo Beach
Acai Bowls: blended acai berries, topped with granola and fruit