This smoothie bowl is a pretty cliché way of telling Monday we’re going to win.
Or at the very least, telling Monday we’re going to try to win.
I’m waking up this morning feeling preeeeetty good if I do say. Good enough for a Monday. Good enough for the day after the Game of Thrones finale. Good enough that the weekend came and went in a blink of an eye.
For the first time in a long time, I had the weekend to myself. Erick was celebrating his bachelor party, and I was celebrating a little bit of independence myself. Don’t get me wrong kid, I was ready to have you home and greet you with a huge hug last night – but my party of one (two, if you count the dog I got to hang out with) – was a relaxing one.
I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I spent a weekend alone, which is pretty insane given the fact that I crave – I need – me time. We all need that time to ourselves, I think it’s absolutely important. I get a lot of “me” time during the weekdays – and it’s wonderful and keeps me grounded. And each night and weekend, I’m eager to turn the me time into us time.
Life is definitely more fun with a partner in crime.
With all that has gone on this year – the traveling, wedding planning, wedding celebrations, etc. – there haven’t been many weekends I’ve been able to spend with just me, myself, and I. Hell, there have barely been many weekends Erick and I have had just to ourselves too. So I was looking forward to it.
Normally a solo weekend would be spent drinking wine, eating cheese and crackers for dinner, and polishing off some ice cream while watching a horrendously shitty movie that I’d be embarrassed to suggest if my better half were home.
This time however, as boring as it may be – I made the effort to not completely let myself go and went the route of “eat things that Erick doesn’t really like.” While he’s a huge fan of smoothies, he isn’t that crazy about smoothie bowls – and especially isn’t crazy at all about mint. It’s one of the few foods we disagree on, which is tricky, because I adore mint-flavored things so much.
One of my absolute favorite ways to start the day is my go-to green smoothie. It’s so refreshing and filling and I’ve been making it a ton lately, but was in the mood for something a little more “weekend-friendly” if you will. Ya know, a breakfast I could sit down and eat while watching Bravo.
So I took inspiration from my green smoothie, made it extra thick and minty, and topped it with a few favorite garnishes.
And as much as I hate to admit, I felt a whole hell of a lot better about this decision than the cheese and crackers for dinner. Mint green smoothie bowl:1 Michelle: 0
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 handful of fresh mint leaves
- ½ avocado
- ½ cup almond, soy, regular milk
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Toppings: fresh berries, banana slices, unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds, granola
- Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth and creamy. If you want it to taste a little sweeter, add in some berries!
- Pour smoothie into a bowl, and add desired toppings. Serve immediately