Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl, and Change

There have been a lot of changes in my life lately: some good; others very, very bad. A week ago, on my last day in D.C., the nation elected a misogynist, racist, facist into the White House. I told a doorwoman at my friends’ building that I wished life was a TV show and that I could turn it off.

The same day, I moved back to the Midwest by my own volition.  I spent my last day in D.C. wandering around in a haze, sobbing and wondering what was happening to our country, and, to a lesser extent, myself.

At first, I didn’t know how I would adjust to being back in Missouri. The state voted red; I bleed blue. I was depressed by the election results. I was worn out from packing up my life in D.C., saying goodbye to people I love and closing a big chapter in my life.

When I got back to St. Louis, I didn’t know what to do with myself. So I walked. I walked in the woods. I walked around my mom’s neighborhood. I walked in parks. Maybe, I thought, I’ll find an answer if I keep going.

One of my first days back, I ran to a hiking trail in a nearby park. I was blasting my music, as I would do in D.C. But then, I realized how quiet it was. I took out my earphones and I started walking down the path in complete silence.

At one point, I looked up and saw this scene. I stopped, stunned, because it was like I was looking into a kaleidoscope. But that’s actually what the sky looked like through my own eyes.

I’m not going to say that in that moment, I knew everything would be okay. But I knew that as long as there is still beauty in the world, and that if I could find it, I would be able to move on.

Today, I made this smoothie bowl for breakfast. It was the first one I’ve made since I was back at home, and it combined a little of the old with the new: I cut up some dark chocolate that I brought back with me from D.C., and then used fruit that I found around the house. That pecan/dark chocolate/blueberry/banana combo though…

Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl (from me, to you)


1 cup blueberries
1 banana
1/2 cup yogurt
1 cup almond milk
roasted pecans, blueberries, sliced banana and chopped dark chocolate for topping


Blend the blueberries, banana, yogurt and almond milk on a blender on high until smooth. Add more yogurt if the mixture seems too runny. Top with the pecans, blueberries, banana and dark chocolate. Enjoy!

About Emily Wasserman

Bonjour! My name is Emily and I'm a writer based in St. Louis. I'm also a home baker with a small business, Amélie Bakery. I'm a self-proclaimed francophile and love French pastries and baking.
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