Life updates with a side of green smoothie bowl deliciousness

Everyone around me seems to be getting healthy - from cutting out gluten to 30 days of yoga - and it’s been quite inspiring. I moved to Pittsburgh six months ago and I still don’t have a routine, a workout class I love; I don’t even cook anymore. I drive to work, I sit at a desk, I barely walk. Gone are the days of ten million flights of stairs at the 63rd Street F stop. And what’s funny is that I expected the first year to be tough. I expected that we’d be living in our own little world with no social life, but I figured this would be the year to escape everyone and work on myself. I’d go to work, get super fit, cook all of our meals and pour myself into my blog. Guess what? I was wrong. I now know it’s going to happen in stages. I have to focus on a new job before I can move on to other areas. I can make small adjustments to my diet without feeling restricted and miserable. I can work out at home in lieu of taking the time to drive to the gym and I can focus on my blog when I have some down time. I guess what I’m trying to say is that you can probably expect ClaraMaeJames to change a bit and it’s all part of my constant journey to be honest with myself (and honest with you.)

This little epiphany (which is one of many - I have like ten a day) occurred over the last few weeks. And so I’m turning to the people around me for inspiration and like I said before, everyone is getting on their A game. Now, more than ever, I need to follow their lead. So, here I am. I’m starting to re-introduce foods I once loved, recipes I once enjoyed to prepare. First is this beautiful bowl of goodness. It’s super easy to assemble (cleaning a blender is a drag), but overall it’s worth it. I hope you enjoy. xo, Jamie


  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries/raspberries)
  • 2 large handfuls spinach 
  • 1 small handful kale, stems removed
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk 
  • 2 Tbsp salted creamy almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp agave


  • Mixed nuts
  • Coconut flakes
  • Dried blueberries

Add all smoothie ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more agave for added sweetness, more spinach for a brighter green, or coconut milk for creaminess. Divide between two serving bowls and top with nuts, coconut flakes and dried blueberries, but really anything will do!