My mom asked me the other day if I make smoothie bowls in the morning based on my mood. I’d never really thought about it, but I guess I do. My mood often depends on the weather, so when it’s ugly and gray outside (like it was yesterday), I gravitate toward bright colors and more tropical ingredients. It’s almost like I’m trying to bring the beach to my kitchen.
This bowl didn’t make me believe that I was at the beach, but it helped distract me from the fact that it was snowing outside. I like to have a lot of colors in a smoothie bowl, so I added pumpkin seeds and strawberries to the top. Chia seeds, coconut, granola and a seed mix add texture and taste good when you mix them in with the smoothie. I’m a big fan of multiple textures and flavors in food.
In other news, I’m *slightly* obsessed with Big Little Lies, a new show on HBO. It’s about families in a wealthy community in California, which sounds cliché but it’s not. The acting is on point and the story lines are addictive. Some critics say that Reese Witherspoon’s character is unlikeable but I’d argue that she’s the most likable one. I admire her spunk and her no-BS attitude.
Here’s the song that plays during the opening credits of the show. It’s been stuck in my head all weekend.
Mango Smoothie Bowl with Strawberries (from me, to you)
1 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
strawberries, shredded coconut, Trader Joe’s seed mix, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and granola for topping
Blend the frozen mango, Greek yogurt, and almond milk on a blender on high until smooth. Top with sliced strawberries, shredded coconut, seed mix, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and granola. Enjoy!