Life, why are you so ____? (insert any adjective ever)
And carrot cake smoothie bowl, why are you so yummy?
I mean, seriously, why? and how? This is nothing more than a few carrots, some pineapple, a dusting of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla, and a handful of greens whirred up in a blender for a minute or two — and yet, it’s sososo much more. It’s CARROT CAKE in healthy bowl form. It’s vegetables. It’s yourself feeling really awesome sitting around on the couch watching your binge show of the month and getting your inner rawkstar glow on. WHILE EATING CARROT CAKE. Topped with pistachios and toasted coconut because that’s how we doooo.
Totally, I hear you. There is a time and place for real carrot cake.
There is also a time and place for figuring out how to get life’s chaos under control. For me lately, that’s coming in the form of late night carrot cake smoothies instead of cookies and more cookies, and really really reeeeally trying not to take on every project, every day (HA HA says my fingers as they type YES I WOULD LOVE TO to yet another email about something) (HA HA says my brain as it does a manual override on the urge to do to0 much). Never mind. I just literally wrote that out loud. Please kick me off the internet already.
Is this too much? Am I just always talking about the mystical art of balance that seems just always barely out of reach? Is this just me? I’m… I don’t know. I’m sorry. I feel like I’ve been a broken record about this, like, forever, and the irony of it is that I’m my own boss. What am I even doing?
(Carrot cake smoothie bowl posts are as good as any for a come-to-Jesus moment, right?)
Today I’m sharing this recipe from my friends’ new cookbook called Simple Green Smoothies. I love this book and this concept so much. This is the kind of cookbook that was made for anyone who feels like they want to be eating healthier but is drowning in Life with a capital L. So, um, all of us?
It’s healthy eating at its easiest, at its most forgiving and most approachable. You know when you get a cookbook and the recipes look so delicious buuut you’d probably never make any of them in real life? This is the opposite of that. It includes a ten-day green smoothie kickstart plan and 100+ simple recipes for weight loss and glowing skin, including but not limited to smoothies – give yourself one trip to the grocery store and five minutes with your blender and you can work any of these into your real life.
So how’s this for serendipitous? Right after I drafted this post, I bopped over to Facebook and saw a post from Jadah, co-author of the book I’m sharing with you today. In addition to being authors of this beautiful cookbook, Jen and Jadah are awesome, focused, intentional people. Her post is too beautiful and too true not to share with you. Jadah says:
The days are going by so fast.
I woke up this morning and just paused to reflect on all the things I’m grateful for. As I keep moving forward and chasing bigger dreams, it’s important to slow down in those quiet in-between moments.
Sometimes I get hard on myself for being distracted. Squirrel! Or for wanting to talk on the phone with a friend. Or have a long 3-hour lunch with my husband. Or watch an episode of Saturday Night Live. Or take a break and go swim with my daughter.
I have so much to do and everything is due NOW.
But NOW is such a gift.
And some NOWs will be filled with hustle.
And some NOWs will be filled with stillness.
And some NOWs will be filled with my wandering mind.
But all of my NOWs are filled with me and that’s enough.
I’m shedding all the judgement of how I’m being or not doing enough in any given moment.
And trusting that what I’m doing right NOW is enough.
Trust that whatever you are doing right now is enough too.
I can just feel it: SO MANY OF US are in a season of NOWs that are filled with busy-busy-go-go-go. About the time we start to feel ragged around the edges is also about the time we need gratitude the most.
Really, I don’t say it enough: thank you for reading my blog. I just… I can’t even. My heart is so big for all of you who read, comment, email, share, pin, and silently stalk (you think I don’t see you BUT I SEE YOU). This probably breaks all rules of blogging: never tell your readers your heart is big for them bc they will be weirded out bc you’re getting inappropriately serious in posts about carrot cake smoothie bowls. But I don’t know, I need to break the rules for this one.
Here’s to your NOW moments being a gift to you and the people around you. ♡ And may it please pretty please with coconut on top include a carrot cake smoothie bowl!
Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl – an easy, nutrition-packed dessert or snack recipe with a secret super-healthy ingredient! Guilt-free snack!
- 1 cup chopped romaine (I didn’t have romaine so I used spinach)
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 cups chopped raw carrots
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- 1 banana
- 2 clementines, peeled (also didn’t have so I used mango)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash of ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg
- Blend the romaine (or spinach) and coconut milk until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.
- Top with pistachios and toasted coconut! My fave.
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links for the Simple Green Smoothies cookbook, which means we will earn 7-8% commission on any sales generated from our links.
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