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  • Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl and Scenes From #BossBabeFestMSP Retreat

Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl and Scenes From #BossBabeFestMSP Retreat

Posted on August 18, 2016
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The inspiration for this blueberry explosion of a smoothie bowl started with a blogging retreat to Minneapolis, Minnesota. And it ended in between the seemingly endless rows of blueberry bushes at Turkey Hill Farm in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Each experience was highly rewarding in it’s own way. Friendships were nurtured. Food was gathered. But the outcome was the same: my body, mind and heart were full.

Also, I was very sweaty. Don’t let the cold winters of Minnesota fool you – that place is HOT in the Summertime. Damn. Picking blueberries under the blazing mid-day sun was no match for the weather Minneapolis served up that weekend.

Food blogging is an interesting career. For a job that is so tightly tied to a daily social media routine, it’s surprisingly isolating. We work alone most of the time, in the confines of our kitchens. It can feel empowering. But it can also feel lonely. So to have the opportunity to travel across the country several times a year to gather with some of the other people with whom I share this virtual space with is like hitting the re-fresh button on my soul.

Our #BossBabeFestMSP was organized by Amanda from Heartbeet Kitchen and Sherrie from With Food + Love. Ten of us came together in Minneapolis for a long weekend of eating, drinking, laughing, crying, smiling, hugging, exploring, learning and most importantly, just being. Being ourselves. Without walls. And without judgments.

If you’re not familiar with some of the creative beauties in this photo below, I urge you to get familiar with them. You will, for sure, be inspired.

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

Top row: Amanda (Heartbeet Kitchen), me, Kristan (The Broken Bread), Renee (Will Frolic for Food), Shelly (Vegetarian Ventures), Alanna (The Bojon Gourmet), Sarah (Snixy Kitchen).

Bottom Row: Jayme (Holly & Flora), Sherrie (With Food + Love), Emilie (The Clever Carrot).

Vital Proteins was our official sponsor for the retreat, and it’s really with their support that we were able to make this event a reality. Throughout the weekend, we incorporated their collagen supplements into everything from hummus to smoothies. And I’ve used their Collagen Beauty Greens to boost this Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl.

Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl | www.floatingkitchen.net

In my humble opinion, the best thing about smoothie bowls is ALL THE TOPPINGS. You can certainly customize them to your liking, but I urge you not to skip the chunks of dark chocolate in this version. The combination of chocolate and blueberries is to die for.

Below the recipe I’ve added a few photos and words about our weekend. I actually didn’t taken as many photos as I thought I did/would. I guess I got caught up in the moment of it all!

Cheers,

Liz

Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Serves 1

Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • For the Smoothie
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3-4 ice cubes

  • For Topping
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Chopped dark chocolate
  • Sliced almonds
  • Chia seeds
  • Shelled hemp seeds

Instructions

  1. Add all of the smoothie ingredients to your blender. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Sprinkle with the toppings of your choice, if desired. Enjoy immediately.
http://www.floatingkitchen.net/blueberry-avocado-smoothie-bowl/

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

#BossBabeFestMSP Retreat re-cap:

I was the last to arrive on Thursday afternoon (airplane travel never goes smoothly for me). But there was an army of smiling faces and an array of snacks waiting for me, including the most beautiful deviled eggs made with pasture-raised Vital Farms eggs. And some blushingly pink champagne cocktails. Cheers to that!

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

That evening we enjoyed a private cocktail making session from Erik Eastman of Easy & Oskey. We sipped (and photographed) our seasonally inspired drinks on the roof-top before heading downstairs to have a fabulous 5-course meal at St. Dinette. The entire meal was vegetarian, gluten-free and absolutely mind-blowing. Power to the plants, people.

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

On Friday, General Mills graciously sponsored a visit to their national headquarters. We learned about their goal of removing artificial dyes from all their cereals. And how they are addressing various environmental issues, such as water usage. Then – and this is the best part – they let us loose in their test kitchen and challenged us to create a recipe using one of their cereals. Jayme and I paired up and, of course, we made a cocktail. We infused some milk with Golden Grahams cereal and then mixed that with a little rum, vanilla, coffee and some crushed Golden Grahams for garnish. It was pretty gosh darn good, if I do say so myself.

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

After we filled our bellies with pizza from Pizzeria Lola, we headed to Willful Goods for flower crown making. You guys. Talk about feeling like a princess. It’s impossible not to feel giddy when you have a beautiful crown of flowers encircling your head. And what a joy it was to create something that wasn’t food related. It stretches the imagination.

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

That evening Sherrie and Amanda prepped ingredients for vegetable grain bowls, complete with Bob’s Red Mill quinoa and sorghum. We ate our rainbow creations outside, overlooking the lake, and talked shop. It was these moments of “downtown” that were my favorite parts of the trip.

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

The next morning, we prepared smoothie bowls and toast, using ingredients from Udi’s Gluten Free, Rodelle Vanilla and NOW Foods. We had to put a time limit on how long we allowed ourselves to photograph our breakfast, because we could have easily spent half the day doing just that. #foodbloggerproblems.

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

We spent most of Saturday afternoon talking about blog business and photography. Sarah is a wizard with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and she taught me a few tricks that have seriously changed my life. The evening kicked off with a mocktail hour sponsored by La Croix. The light just sparkled that evening, as it streamed in through the windows and scattered across our dinning room table.

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat | www.floatingkitchen.net

For dinner, we enjoyed a 5-course farm-to-table meal from Create Caters. There were fits of laughter, a few tears and some intense real-talk in between all the artfully crafted dishes that were being served to us, which included the best pavlova I’ve ever had in my life. So far, I haven’t seen a single photograph of this meal. I think we were all too busy enjoying the moment (and enjoying each other) to be bothered with our cameras and phones. And in the end, I think that was really the whole point of the trip.

The next morning we said our tearful goodbyes (happy tears!) and went our separate ways. The trip left me feeling rejuvenated. Which was what I needed at that exact moment. Thank you to Amanda, Sherrie and all our sponsors for making this weekend happen. Love you all. XOXO.

  • Papaya-Lime Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Cashew-Quinoa Cereal

Papaya-Lime Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Cashew-Quinoa Cereal

Posted on April 11, 2016
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Remember when I FINALLY jumped on the smoothie bowl bandwagon back in February? Well, I’ve been pretty unstoppable since that fateful day. Some might even say I’ve become obsessed.

But can you blame me? You all know how much I love toppings on just about everything – soups, salads, ice cream, etc. You name it. It should have something piled on top of it. Food shouldn’t be naked, in my humble opinion.

And smoothie bowls, well, they are basically just one big edible canvas for ALL THE TOPPINGS. I dig it. And that’s part of the reason why I’m so smitten with them.

Papaya-Lime Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Cashew-Quinoa Cereal | www.floatingkitchen.net

Today, we’re going tropical. My Papaya-Lime Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Cashew-Quinoa Cereal is like a little island vacation right in your own kitchen. It will totally transport you to somewhere warm and sunny…at least in your mind. And until summer officially gets here (hurry up, please!), that’s about the best I can do at the moment.

I’m sharing my Papaya-Lime Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Cashew-Quinoa Cereal today as part of our monthly #eatseasonal guide organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. April is full of so many tempting fruits and vegetables (artichokes! rhubarb! nettles!), that it’s one of my favorite month’s to spend a little extra time in the kitchen cooking and baking. Be sure to check out Becky’s April produce guide for tons of delicious recipes that highlight this months produce. And scroll down below to see what some of my best blogging friends have made as well!

Cheers,

Liz

Papaya-Lime Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Cashew-Quinoa Cereal

Serves 1-2

Papaya-Lime Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Cashew-Quinoa Cereal

Ingredients

  • For the Cashew-Quinoa Cereal
  • 2 tablespoons raw cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tsp. melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

  • For the Smoothie
  • 2 cups chopped papaya
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 date, pitted and chopped

  • For Topping
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons toasted coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Make the quinoa cereal. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients, stirring until well coated. Then spread them out onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for 10 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  2. Make the smoothie bowl. Add all of the smoothie ingredients to your blender. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a bowl(s). Crumble the quinoa cereal over top. Add the sliced kiwi and some toasted coconut flakes, if desired. Enjoy immediately.
http://www.floatingkitchen.net/papaya-lime-smoothie-bowl-with-toasted-cashew-quinoa-cereal/

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April Eat Seasonal Recipes | www.floatingkitchen.net
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