Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl |

Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl and Scenes From #BossBabeFestMSP Retreat

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 |

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 |

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!



Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Serves 1

Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl


  • 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


  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.

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat |

#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 |

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat |

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 |

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 |

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat |

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 |

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat |

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat |

Boss Babes Fest MSP Retreat |

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.

36 comments on “Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl and Scenes From #BossBabeFestMSP Retreat”

  1. What a gorgeous and lovely looking bunch of ladies! I love love love MSP and the only downside is the extreme cold/hot, so I totally relate! I’m diving into that smoothie bowl and think we should wear flower crowns all the time, right? xo

  2. loved having you here Liz! you’re right about it being a time to be us, without walls. so important when it can feel isolating. i love the photo of you and Alanna! and seeing that golden graham cocktail reminded me how creative you are. all the love!

  3. What an amazing weekend! I just love seeing all your beautiful faces!!! <3 <3 <3

  4. Wow! Looks like all you girls had a wonderful time together! Those crowns, the smoothie bowl, the mocktail!! Everything looks so pretty and so creative! And this smoothie bowl sounds delicious Liz. Love your choice of toppings, especially the dark chocolate!

  5. I was so excited to read your post, Liz, full of inspiring opportunities to explore and collaborate! Seeing all of your beautiful faces was such a treat and I know the time you spent together and memories made will be felt forever. No doubt, the crown of flowers would make you feel like a princess! LOVE, love, love the pic of you and Alanna (made me smile because I adore you both). And this smoothie bowl.. is simply gorgeous! Love the sneek of avo and it’s gorgeous color – packed with goodness. I’ll also be checking out those vital proteins! Thank you for sharing Liz! So much goodness here!

  6. Aw! Love this recap of our magical weekend in MN! Again soon please! <3<3<3

  7. Ohh YAY! Looks like you had a seriously kick arse time, Liz!! So happy for you! It is TOTALLY true that blogging can be lonely! If it weren’t for my furry daughter constantly at my feet in the kitchen I’d probably go crazy. hahaha. I KNOW you can relate to that! #Puppylove Anyways, these smoothie bowls are absolutely GORGEOUS! The toppings truly are EVERYTHING, and you topped these like a BOSS (pun intended). I will definitely be making these soon!! Cheers, girl!

    • I know exactly what you mean. My Dingo is my company most days. She’s great, but something I like some human contact too. 🙂

  8. How FUN! It looks like you ladies had a blast! Loving all the gorgeous food you whipped up, including this incredible smoothie bowl. I use Vital Proteins’s collagen powder on the reg in my smoothies – truly a marvelous product!

  9. I agree – it’s all about the toppings. And the dark chocolate on these? UM YES PLEASE. I wish we could get together and make and shoot smoothie bowls every morning. I mean, we’d probably get sick of smoothies (maybe?), but the company would never get old. Miss you already! Please come to the bay!! You’ve always got a place to stay:)

  10. Omg, Liz this looks insanely delish! I’m just dying to dive into the screen!

  11. Look at all you lovely ladies! I’m so jealous that Alanna and Sarah got to hug you- hope *I* get to see you soon! xoxoxo

  12. I agree with you on the isolation thing with blogging, Liz! It can make me kind of crazy sometimes, I just have to leave the house and go to a coffee shop to write. Looks like you had an awesome retreat, and I LOVE the looks of this smoothie bowl. So creamy and delicious!

    • Thanks, Denise! It can definitely be tough being alone all day at home. I need to be better about trying to go out to coffee shops, etc.

  13. Seriously, y’all are so cute!! Looked like such a great retreat! I wish we could do retreats every month! Anyway, pass me a spoon for this bowl!!

    • Right? I just want to fly around the country and visit all my friends and eat delicious food together. Sounds so fun. Where can we sign up for that?

  14. What a fun time! You ladies are all positively glowing. I’m so happy you had such a fabulous trip!

  15. You guys looked like you had so much fun! It is so great when you can meet up with people who understand your unique daily grind and relax together! And this smoothie bowl is next on my to try list

  16. I’m convinced you need to fly back to Seattle asap so we can make some smoothie bowls. Oh, and maybe some of those golden graham cocktails too! SO glad that we got to meet on this trip. Hope we cross paths again soon!


  18. Thank you! Which Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens do you use? unflavoured? coconut?

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