Learn to make your own acai bowl at home.
Use acai berries to make this delicious and wholesome breakfast bowl.
When acai berries burst onto the scene years ago, the berry from Brazil was often touted (by varying sources) as the newest superfood that would do everything from slow down signs of aging, bring about weight loss and fight cancer. While none of these claims have proven to be true (acai berries are not known to have greater health benefits than similar fruits), they are still high in antioxidants and are part of a healthy diet. That means they’re a delicious and wholesome addition to any breakfast, especially when served as an acai bowl.
The best part about an acai bowl? Despite its high health quotient, it kind of, sort of tastes like dessert so it’s really a win-win. Ready to make one? Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Run one package of frozen acai berries under warm water to thaw them slightly. Pour softened berries into a blender and combine with apple juice and one chopped banana. Blend just until all ingredients are combined. Mixture should be thick, not runny.
2 Pour berry mixture into a bowl and sprinkle granola on top.
3 Top with additional garnishes like a sliced banana, strawberries and blueberries.
Style at Home Makeover
Style at Home Makeover Contest presented by IKEA Canada
In celebration of IKEA's 40th anniversary, Style at Home has partnered with the iconic brand for the ultimate room makeover.
Two lucky readers have been selected to receive a bedroom and living room makeover designed by the Style at Home team using IKEA furniture and accessories.
The results are featured exclusively in our Style at Home March issue.
Now, we want to know which is your favourite! Click HERE to vote and enter for your chance to win a $1,000 gift card to IKEA!
FULL CONTEST RULES
« Style at Home Choose Your Favorite Room Contest »
The « Style at Home Choose Your Favorite Room Contest » contest is held by (Groupe TVA) Style at Home . Groupe TVA Style at home is collectively hereinafter named: the “contest organizers”. The contest runs on Styleathome.com, from January 25, 2017 to February 15, 2017 at 23h59 ET (hereinafter: the “contest period”).
This contest is open to all persons residing in Canada of at least 18 years old of age. The following persons are excluded; employees, agents and representatives of Québecor Média inc., of Groupe TVA inc., of Style at Home, and IKEA Canada of their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, partners, suppliers of prizes, materials and services related to this contest, or any other party directly linked to the holding of this contest, or their brother, sister, children, mother, father, their legal or common-law spouse and individuals with whom such employees, agents and representatives are domiciled.
HOW TO ENTER
No purchase necessary. To participate in the contest, you simply have to enter the contest by visiting Styleathome.com. Go to the « Contest » section and click on the « Style at Home Choose Your Favorite Room Contest » icon in order to register. After, you can fill in the electronic entry form where you will be asked to choose your favourite room design from the previous Style at Home Makeover Contest.
Once you have accessed the electronic entry form make sure to indicate your exact personal information as follows: first name, last name, complete address with postal code and country and answer what your favourite room design is and what your favourite IKEA piece is. It is every participant’s responsibility to indicate a valid phone number where he can be reached between 9AM to 5PM during weekdays. Click on the submit button in order to send your electronic entry form no later than February 15, 2017 at 23h59 ET. Upon reception of your registration’s confirmation message, you will be automatically entered in the contest. Cookies must be accepted in order to participate to the contest.
Entrants must respect the following limits, otherwise the contest organizers reserve the right to cancel one or several of their entries :
One participation per person per day during the contest period;
A person cannot register more than one e-mail address per person, in the case where a person has more than one;
A person entering more than once a day or using multiple email addresses will be automatically removed from the ballot list;
The following prize is offered :
One (1) prize will be given:
IKEA Canada Giftcard
The total prize value is : 1000.00 $ CAN
The following conditions apply:
The prize is not exchangeable and non-transferable; and
The prize has to be accepted as it is; and
The contest organizers will determine with the winner the date; and
If the prize or a portion of it is not used, no compensation will be given.
On February 16, 2017 at 10:00 am, in Toronto, at the office of Groupe TVA inc., a random selection of entry form will be held among all eligible entry forms registered in conformity with section 3, in order to attribute the prize described above.
The odds of a participant’s entry form being randomly selected depend upon the number of eligible entry forms registered in conformity with the regulations and rules.
HOW TO CLAIM A PRIZE
In order to be declared a winner, each selected entrant must :
Have answered correctly the mathematical skill-testing question that appears on the entry form; and
Be contacted by phone and/or email by the contest organizers within three (3) days following the random selection; and
Sign the declaration and exemption form that will be given to him and return to the contest organizers within 5 days; and
Abide to all conditions related to the Prize;
After the declaration and exemption form is correctly filled out and signed, the contest organizers will contact the winner to determine how the Prize will be remitted (by mail or on hand delivery)
Failing to comply with one of the conditions stated in the section above or any of the conditions provided in these Contest Rules, the entry of the selected entrant will be cancelled without any liability to the contest organizers whatsoever, and a new draw for that prize will be held according to these Contest Rules until an entrant is selected and declared a winner.
Verification. Entry forms are subject to verification by the contest organizers, and contest entrants agree to cooperate fully with contest organizers in such respect. Any entry form which is, as the case may be, incomplete, fraudulent, sent late, that does not bear the correct answer to the mathematical skill-testing question will automatically be rejected and will not give right to a prize, and contest organizers shall have no liability in such respect, or in respect of lost, misdirected of garbled communication, printing, prizing or distributor errors.
Non-conforming entries. The contest organizers reserve the right to disqualify any person or cancel one or many entries of any person participating in this contest or trying to participate by means contrary to these Contest Rules or in a manner which is unfair to the other entrants (e.g.: entries exceeding the permitted limit, computer hacking, etc.). Such person may be referred to the appropriate judicial authorities.
Acceptance of prize. Any prize must be accepted as described in the present Contest Rules and cannot be transferred to another person, substituted for another prize nor exchanged in part or in whole for a sum of money, subject to what is stated in the following section. Prize is accepted “as is” without any warranty whatsoever.
Substitution of prize. In the event where, for reasons not related to the winners, the contest organizers cannot award a prize (or part of a prize) as described in these Contest Rules, they reserve the right to award a prize (or part of a prize) of the same nature and of equivalent value or, at their sole discretion, the cash value of the prize (or part of the prize) as mentioned in these Contest Rules.
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Image: Donna Griffith / Styling: Ann Marie Favot
A black and white palette, square-tiled backsplash, shaker-style cabinetry and iconic furnishings blend perfectly in this modern and traditional space.
Armed with a wishlist a mile long, Toronto homeowners Meghan Mann and Mike Shannon took the renovation plunge last year. With the help of designers Vanessa Kwan and Ingrid Oomen of Qummunicate, they transformed their dysfunctional, dowdy kitchen into a stylish dream and fit everything they wanted into its compact 198-square-foot space. The open-concept design now features a work station, an eat-in nook and a peninsula that overlooks the dining area. Its classic-chic look with a contemporary edge not only complements the young couple’s style but also suits the 1910 house’s traditional architecture and its up-and-coming west Toronto neighbourhood’s trendy vibe.
Opening up the 11-by-18-foot kitchen to the rest of the main floor and replacing the back wall with a glass-panelled door and sidelights were the first steps in creating a more airy and light-filled space. The kitchen has a timeless aesthetic, with Shaker-style cabinetry, classic architectural details and a neutral palette, while a few of-the-moment touches, such as the brass hardware and pendant lights, keep it hip. “It’s a brick house with traditional details like beams and mouldings at the front, and we wanted to carry that essence into the kitchen,” says designer Vanessa Kwan.
A banquette serves as part of the casual eat-in area for the couple and their children, Sadie, 6, and Spencer, 2. It features storage in the form of legal-sized filing cabinets, with flush brass pulls that don’t get in the way of dangling feet. Finding a table that fit the space proved challenging, so homeowner Mike Shannon built the base himself and had a piece of glass cut for the top. The Eames chairs are a classic pick, and the chandelier provides sparkle and blends in with all the brass.
The kitchen was designed with family-friendly functionality top of mind: The white quartzite countertops are aesthetically similar to marble but are more durable and require less maintenance; the six-inch-square ceramic tiled backsplash, with its grey grout, is easy to keep clean; and the cork floors are great for kids because they’re soft underfoot and don’t scratch easily. For homeowner Meghan Mann, who works in software sales from home, the desk area (with a lower counter and two pencil drawers) was a must.
The black faucets and window frame above the sink create contrast yet establish continuity with the black-painted door at the back of the room. The dark elements, offering the kitchen a slightly industrial edge, are also a nod to the neighbourhood’s commercial architecture. “The area has a lot of old factory buildings, some converted into lofts or artists’ spaces,” says Meghan. “And they have those steel windows, so we wanted to echo that look in the kitchen.”
Curvy iconic shapes and trendy accents make this kitchen down-right covetable.
Round wood and marble serving board, Indigo, $38.
Michael Thonet beech era stool in Black, Design Within Reach, $365.
Cotton Soiree toss cushion in Natural with feather-down insert, CB2, $63.
Jason Wu for brizo mixed metal solna faucet in Matte Black, Masco Canada, $611.
Brass and glass Luna pendant light with shade in Clear, 12", Schoolhouse Electric, $269 US.
Cowhide Koldby rug in Brown, IKEA, $299.
You'll love this Hardy Boys hideout.
Despite building a brand new four-bedroom house, homeowner Remy Lang creates a whimsical room with a nostalgic heart for her son, Max.
“It felt vintage, almost ’70s, to me,” says Remy of the Cath Kidston sailboat wallpaper, the starting point for the decor in her son’s room. “I really loved it and had family bring it back from the U.K.” The retro-style pendant light and classic rib-knit pillowcase continue the nostalgic vibe, while the striped bedding and zigzag rug keep the look fresh and modern.
Remy saved a lot of money by having her builder create a built-in bed frame out of plywood and trimming it with moulding. “I couldn’t find a bed in our price range, and this was a great solution – it only cost me $150,” she says.
The canvas teepee, a gift from Max’s grandmother, provides him with ample fun. “It does double duty as storage for books and toys when he’s not playing in it,” says Remy. She also hung one utilitarian black sconce above the bed, skipping the need for a nightstand and table lamp.
Remy's decorating advice
"Keep it simple – you can always add later. And as soon as your kids are old enough, involve them in a few of the design choices. It makes it more fun for everyone.”