Hi all, long time no talk!
I owe you a very long and exciting post one of these days, but unfortunately today is not that day. :)
I got back from my wild adventure in Ecuador a week ago, and I'm finally getting back into the rhythm of regular life. I've speed-typed a brief (on reflection, maybe not so brief) summary of the trip for those who are curious, but truthfully it was such a whirlwind that it's hard to capture the experience.
We first flew into Quito and spent a few days in the mountains. During that time, we visited this incredible sustainable farm. A community of families owned the land and used it for breeding orchids, growing vegetables, raising livestock, and more. Everything in the farm was organic and environmentally friendly, and the program was completely dedicated to earth-friendly and anti-deforestation efforts. It was basically a dream come true for me and I will actually be doing a small project about it. After our time in Quito, we hopped on the bus for 7 hours and drove right into the heart of the Amazon Basin. The rainforest was so unlike anything I have ever experienced before and we were lucky enough to take several hikes and do lots of exploring (and spider holding!) There was no phone service to be heard of, and the break from technology was amazing + refreshing...I should do that more often! Our purpose in the Amazon, besides hanging out with tree frogs of course, was to help a small community build an artisan center. We got a chance to see a finished center in a different village and I was really impressed with how much it helps and empowers the women who work there. I worked mostly on the foundation of the building, which meant shoveling +leveling mud, hauling rocks, and setting up a stable base to fill with concrete. The work was hard and hot and totally satisfying. During the afternoons, we toured/helped out at two different farms. The second farm we visited was a cacao farm, and we used our fresh-picked cacao to make chocolate. Can you think of anything cooler?! I learned so much and am really glad we got the chance to meet and work alongside the people in the community. Free The People is an incredible organization and I'm so glad that we got the chance to participate in their efforts because I feel that they really make a difference. The rest of our trip was a little more touristy and involved some swimming, hiking, and running up mountains. Ya know, basic stuff. I bought lots of amazing chocolate because the cacao is grown RIGHT THERE. Other than that, I met a cool hippy, hugged a baby cow, had a stray dog join me for part of my run, spoke lots of spanish, and pretty much had the time of my life. I left Ecuador with new friends and a new outlook on life, and I can't wait to see where my next adventure takes me.
**Thanks to Mrs. Hunter + my mom for the photos!
Now for the recipe! After a long day of travel (stuffy airplane, trail mix for lunch, the whole shebang) and a surprise overnight in the Miami airport, (SO AWFUL) my body was craving some serious nutrients. My go-to in that situation is always something green, so a smoothie bowl it was. I was probably way too hungry when I made this and probably ate it way too fast and probably got a brain freeze BUT my body was probably pretty happy with all those vitamins so no harm done.
Favorite Green Smoothie Bowl
A refreshing, vitamin packed meal for any time of day. Guaranteed to convert all of the green smoothie skeptics in your life.
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- 1/4 avocado
- handful of spinach or baby kale
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- almond milk/water to blend
Toss all the ingredients in a blender (I use a mason jar that fits the blender blade) and blend until smooth, adding liquid as needed to reach desired consistency. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with whatever our heart desires. (granola, nut butter, fruit, seeds, nuts, cinnamon, etc.)
Now slurp that goodness like nobody's business and give your body the good stuff.
Hope you're all healthy and happy and enjoying this crazy spring weather! Thanks for your continued support through this busy time and whatnot, you guys rock. Have a relaxing Sunday and a productive and positive next week!