I definitely get accused of being into some hippie woo woo shit from time to time. It’s okay. I feel like paying attention to the moon cycles is the most socially acceptable woo woo out there though, so I tend to be a bit more vocal about it. Every once and a while a full moon comes along whose energy I just can’t ignore, and this has for sure been one of them.
The Pink Moon is the first full moon of Spring, so it’s a very renewing time full of new beginnings and refreshing changes. Seasonal shifts can be a kind of uneasy time for me though. Transition has never been easy, and I suppose it’s not supposed to be. Spring leaves me feeling simultaneously hopeful and refreshed, yet uncomfortably vulnerable to the world around me.
My practice of radical acceptance has been at the forefront of my mind… I’ve been thinking a lot about how it has shifted over the seasons, and what it’s going to mean for me during this next stage. Vulnerability was a topic I has never even considered until maybe 3 years ago, and since then it has been an uphill battle with my stubborn ego. Times of transition leave me feeling extra exposed, but I try to always remind myself to lean into it rather than away from it. (a concept borrowed from Daring Greatly)
It’s hard, but it’s good.
I made this smoothie bowl to celebrate the transition (which I just realized is probably something only I would say). It’s a bit higher in sugar than I typically make my smoothies, but I wanted the bowl to be a celebration of the incoming berry season and the abundance of fresh fruit we are about to have. Plus it’s just dang pretty.
It is both tart and earthy, meant to be grounding yet uplifting. And it has my secret weapon in it– beets! I used to hate beets. What happened to me?
I also wanted to take a brief moment to discuss food presentation. It is certainly not necessary in order to enjoy your food, but I have been enjoying it so much recently. It feels like I’m giving myself a gift when I prepare a meal that is both delicious and nourishing, and also looks gorgeous. It just makes me really happy. But please understand that there are days where ain’t nobody got time for that, and that is also okay.
I’ve discussed before how eating well is my highest form of self-care and it’s so very true. For so long I felt self-conscious about styling my food pictures because I used to look at things like that and think, “Who actually has time for that?” Well I think we all know we take the time to do things we actually want to do– and taking care of yourself is not something you should ever, ever feel ashamed about. When I make a really beautiful meal, it’s like I’m showing myself some massive love by saying, “Here, I made you this gorgeous smoothie bowl and you can tell I care about you because I really put some effort into the presentation just to make you happy.”
Ain’t no shame in making yourself happy.
Now onto the smoothie….
You will need:
- 1/2 of a frozen banana
- 1 c frozen cauliflower
- 1/3 c frozen cranberries
- 1/3 c frozen cherries
- 1 medium sized beet, or 2 small beets, cooked
- 1/4 c shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1 tsp maca powder
- Protein powder of choice (I obviously use Further Collagen Peptides– use code SPOOKYFOODIE10 at checkout for a discount and free shipping if you order some)
- 1/2 c give or take hemp milk (or your milk of choice… or even just water)
Toppings are totally optional and up to you…. pictured, I used blood orange, kiwi, strawberry, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and black sesame seeds (which I highly recommend because they compliment the flavor so well!)
How did you celebrate the full moon? Anything you’re letting go of? New frontiers you’re wanting to explore? Drop a comment and let me know!