Hellooo, lovely souls! It’s been far too long since my last post—two weeks, to be exact.
Clearly, the wheels fell off my well-intentioned plan (the one I mentioned here) to keep up with a fairly normal posting schedule while traveling through South Africa over the last three weeks. I had a lovely lineup of recipes and photos prepared well before takeoff on 8/28, but the task of sitting down to type up each post turned out to be more than my vacation mind (and elusive wifi signals) could handle.
Typically, my absolute favorite time to write is while on vacation. A clear mind and a free heart are two of the best forms of inspiration, aren’t they? However, this time around it was entirely different. Whether due to the excitement of adventuring through a beautiful country so very far away from home and/or the lingering bits of burnout I accrued last school year, the three things I was most genuinely inspired to do during the trip were relax, explore, and be as present as possible in each moment. So that’s what I did, and it was wonderful, liberating even.
Dan and I spent the first week or so on our own and then traveled with two of our closest friends throughout the rest of the trip. We met some of the most amazing, kind-hearted people. We hiked. We saw more animals than we could count and even had the honor of interacting with this majestic, wise, and beautiful being. We laughed. . . and laughed. . . and laughed some more each and every day. We observed, listened, learned, and appreciated. It was one of the most well-rounded, formative, and meaningful trips, and South Africa, much like Ireland, will forever have a piece of my heart.
It never ceases to amaze me just how beneficial downtime is for productivity, creativity, and passion. A little time away offers a far greater return on its investment than forgoing downtime to muscle or hustle through the old to-do list. The to-do’s can wait, well-being and spirit cannot.
All that said, I’ve missed you and this special blogging nook like crazy. We arrived home just last night, and I eagerly hopped out of bed at 4am this morning. Partly because of jet lag but mostly because a wave of inspiration and excitement rushed over me, and I couldn’t wait to get back into the groove of creating, writing, and connecting.
I’m so excited to share photos, life learnings, and stories from our trip. I was planning to write a detailed post solely dedicated to the trip once I sorted through and edited the photos, but I’m thinking it might make the more sense to interweave bits and pieces throughout the next several recipe posts instead. That way I can get you caught up on all those recipe posts I skipped while away! For now, I’ll leave you with this smoothie bowl. . .
Frozen strawberries, peaches, and bananas are blended with fresh ginger, lime juice, and plant-based milk.
The peachy-pink, digestion-friendly smoothie is served in bowls and topped with fresh kiwi, peaches, strawberries, coconut flakes, and buckwheat groats.
And just as its name suggests, it’s both cosmic and blissful. Happy weekend to you! ♥
Cosmic Strawberry-Ginger-Peach Bliss Bowl
Frozen strawberries, peaches, and bananas are blended with fresh ginger, lime juice, and plant-based milk. The peachy-pink, digestion-friendly smoothie is served in bowls and topped with fresh kiwi, peaches, strawberries, coconut flakes, and buckwheat groats.
Cosmic Strawberry-Ginger-Peach Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 1/2 cups frozen peaches
- 2 frozen ripe and speckled bananas, peeled, sliced, and frozen
- 1/4 cup to 1 unsweetened almond or cashew milk, plus more if needed*
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoons to 2 peeled and minced fresh ginger root, to taste
- Sliced or diced fresh strawberries
- Sliced or diced fresh peaches
- Peeled and diced fresh kiwi
- Coconut flakes
- Buckwheat groats (optional)
For the Cosmic Strawberry-Ginger-Peach Smoothie
Add all ingredients (using as little milk as possible to begin with) to a food processor or blender and process or blend for 2 to 4 minutes, or until smooth with a thick, soft-serve texture. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides several times to encourage blending.
If needed, add more almond milk, 1/4 cup at a time to encourage blending and to reach desired texture.
Divide the smoothie between two bowls and top as desired.
*You'll need less milk if using a food processor and more milk if using a blender.