Good morning!!! How are things? It’s been an incredibly busy couple weeks around here with family home visiting, weddings and work but I somehow managed to survive it all while enjoying every bit of it. My goals for the last couple months have been to 1) try not to be so busy (where possible) and 2) when I am busy to slow down and enjoy everything that’s happening.
Now, if you know me you know neither of those things comes easily to me….especially #2. Doing anything slowly is NOT in my nature. I walk fast, talk fast…..it doesn’t matter what you see me doing I look like I’m in a rush. I can officially report that even though these last couple weeks have been insane, I constantly checked in with myself to make sure I slowed down and enjoyed everything while still getting everything I needed to done. For some people that might not sound like much, but for me it’s been incredibly eye opening and transformative!
I was in a wedding this past Wednesday and everything about the day was so enjoyable from the minute I met up with my cousin at the apartment she rented in Charlottetown for the week (Airbnb for the win!!). The wedding was beautiful, the bride and groom looked stunning and happy, and the guests were all well fed and incredibly festive.
Now for the ever so slight downside…..Josh was sick earlier this week and while I managed to dodge it then, several guests at the wedding were also sick and it seems that today being overtired and around cold bugs has caught up with me.
I woke up feeling like I was swallowing razor blades so Josh made me some hot water with lemon and honey, and I sipped on that before hopping out of bed. After an hour or so I was getting a little hungry and I knew I wanted something cold. Enter the smoothie bowl. I’ve been seeing pictures of delicious looking smoothie bowl recipes for MONTHS on Pinterest and some blogs that I follow but for some reason, until today, I hadn’t ventured into experimenting with them. My eating has definitely been off track these last couple weeks so I knew a smoothie bowl was the way to go this morning since I could experiment with healthy ingredients but still feel like I was having a bit of a treat (because we all know, when we’re sick we want ALL the treats….or at least I do anyway).
- 1 frozen banana
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp all natural, smooth peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ cup of ice
- Optional toppings:
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- chia seeds
- pumpkin seeds
- With the exception of the ice, add ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. Add ice and blend until you have the desired consistency.
- Add toppings and enjoy!
Since what I really wanted was chocolate ice cream, I figured I’d work with that craving to create something a little healthier. The base for this smoothie bowl was a frozen banana and it REALLY hit the spot!!!!