California Summer Green Smoothie Bowl

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Bohemian (Boho) style is trending in Southern California.

I dig it all, it’s relaxed and unkempt, yet creatively, beautiful and whimsical.  If you want to try the perfect California Boho meal, make a smoothie bowl.

It’s beauty in a bowl!

I am not a food photographer. So posting pictures of my own food creations gives me a little performance anxiety. Earlier this week, I read the article about the mom who lathers her child in toxic death cream and I get it. Our measuring stick will consistently come up short if we continue to measure ourselves against other people. 

The main thing that frustrates me about social media is the continual facade of perfection.

I long for beauty and knowledge as much as the next person, but how are we defining them? Beware, lest you think that people’s lives are better than your own because they appear more charming and put together. Notice, I say appear!  

Life is not about the rules we need to follow to cultivate the perfect life. Life is creativity.

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun”

Mary Lou Cook


I rather appreciate the people who take the time to research what improves life vs. what is toxic in life. However 3 simple steps to a better life, heart, brain, body, and soul just doesn’t exit. Those 3 simple steps will lead right to anxiety instead. 
I vow to live life out of what energizes me and not out of what exhausts me. What gives me energy may be completely different than you, and that is OK.  Stop trying to hide the broken and messy parts of life. God created us exactly as He wanted us, and exactly as this world needs us.
Hope comes in knowing our lives are not just the sum of past circumstances, choices, or mistakes. There is grace for you and every last one of us.
So, here I am! Being creative, the Mary Lou Cook way. Releasing my inner Boho (opting not to wear the tiny cut offs and crop tops) and offering you my Smoothie Bowl recipe. I know you will love it!
This recipe is Lick the Bowl Delicious!

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California Summer Green Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients for smoothie:

  • 1/4 of an avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic diced mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic peaches
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup green tea or lemonade
  • 1-2 handfuls spinach
  • 1/2 green apple, cored
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled
  • Juice from 1 lemon


  • Blend above ingredients in your blender.
  • Pour into a bowl
  • Top with the toppings of your choice
  • Eat up, it’s delicious!

Topping choices:

  • drizzled almond butter
  • handful of fresh berries
  • 2 tsp flax seed
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • drizzled coconut butter
  • dried mangoes or cranberries
  • sprinkle of almonds
  • sprinkle of cacao nibs
  • unsweetened shredded coconut


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