Meditation On My Meal IV

Okay, I think we should take a moment to take a big deep breathe.

Now that we’ve taken a breathe, my life is taking me on quite the journey right now. My house may have mold, or something in my house is definitely perpetuating my health issues. I need to decide where I’m going to move now that I’ve decided I’m going to take a semester off from school. I’m currently feeling the deep repercussions of not taking care of my burnout and am currently learning how to ask for help when I can longer “push harder”. I’m feeling a life-calling coming on in the form of educating others around the effects of living in a world of toxins and in a society that refuses to acknowledge systemic issues. So, yeah…meditate on that, folks.

I have been drinking a smoothie that has been fueling me in this time of serious adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance, digestive distress, and just a general state of being inflamed. It contains collagen powder, matcha powder, moringa powder, frozen pineapple, chunk of ginger, grapefruit juice, and a touch of almond milk. It’s packed with micronutrients like vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, and many other antioxidants. It’s so anti-inflammatory that I’ve felt a physical difference from drinking this smoothie throughout my week. Sometimes I’ll change up this smoothie by adding a chunk of turmeric or using blueberries instead of pineapple. As you see below, I’ll drink a smoothie in rain or shine (or snow!). Obviously, the focus is not on my smoothie, but that I’m drinking a smoothie when there is snow outside. I’m sure y’all have seen enough spotless pictures of green smoothies, but how about a blurry picture and SNOW!

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[collagen powder, matcha powder, moringa powder, frozen pineapple, chunk of ginger, grapefruit juice, and a touch of almond milk]

“Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise , you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace.” The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle

A Little Taste of What I’m About

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I’ve never been good at hellos, so I’m just going to start with a little taste of what I’m about (pun completely intended). As I drink some ginger kombucha, sitting on the free wifi at my school’s library, barefoot despite the weird looks from the few students left after summer finals and very conscious of the extremely cute, septum-pierced barista working at the cafe behind me, I’ll elaborate on the lovely picture on the left that was taken many moons ago (aka last summer). Once upon a time, I had a smoothie bowl addiction. If you don’t know what a smoothie bowl is, it’s essentially a thicker smoothie, put in a bowl, so that you can eat it with a spoon, and a favorite of fit, Australian, yogi Instagrammers.

*pause to take a bite of my pad thai that I’m very aware is not paleo*

You can get pretty creative with smoothie bowls. Usually you start with a base of frozen bananas and/or açaí and add any fruit, nut butter, or spice your foodie soul desires. Then you get to the fun aesthetic part of making smoothie bowls, a very important step in becoming a true smoothie bowl zealot, where you layer the top of your smoothie bowl with toppings such as sliced fruit, seeds, more nut butter, and/or funky superfoods like the infamous goji berries. If you want to go the extra mile, you can get creative with your choice of bowl like I did above. It helps to have a sturdy blender and some type of technology to take a picture of your perfectly sculpted smoothie bowl because if you don’t take a picture of your smoothie bowl you aren’t living the full smoothie bowl experience. If you don’t take a picture and post it on your preferred choice of social media, you might as well have not even made a smoothie bowl at all.


The Simple Recipe for Smoothie Bowl posted above:

  • couple frozen, peeled bananas
  • a generous scoop of cashew butter (or any nut butter of your choosing)
  • a touch of almond milk (or milk of your choosing), (optional)
  • sunflower seeds for topping (optional)
  • half a papaya, seeds scooped out, for delicious decorative bowl (optional)

Blend frozen bananas with cashew butter in a blender (I use a Vitamix). Make sure to pause blending every once and a while to scrape down sides. If the consistency of banana cashew sludge is too thick and not blending completely, add a touch of almond milk to give your blender a helping hand. Stop blending when your smoothie has come to a smooth, thick consistency, making sure no banana chunks are present. Cut a papaya in half and scoop out the seeds to create a bowl shaped area for your smoothie. Top with sunflower seeds and don’t forget to take a picture! Once you’ve completed everything listed above, feel free to dig in and not share with anyone in your close vicinity.


I hope you enjoyed my first post! Like I said, it’s just a taste of what this blog is all about. Stay tuned every week, or whenever I decide to post, for adventures such as life as a college student, making my own yogurt, my social and environmental justice work, fermenting random veggies, picking a CSA, or maybe some guest appearances from some special homies of mine.

Have a fabulous, funky day!

Peace and love,

Amanda