Blueberry Walnut Smoothie

Anti-Inflammatory Blueberry Walnut Smoothie Video

Anti-Inflammatory Blueberry Walnut Smoothie |

On Friday evening, Aaron and I settled in after a busy day to watch Her. Aaron had been wanting to see it for a long time, and I was happy to not be watching The West Wing on repeat. Part-way through the movie, we paused it to take Barley out to pee again, and I told Aaron that I was feeling like I really needed to set aside some time to reflect on our lives. I was reminded that we started dating in high school and matter-of-factly told him: “I’m turning 30 tomorrow, finishing school in two weeks. You just turned 31, we bought a condo, you own a business.” It was one of those moments where you have to state it out loud to someone else to even begin to let it all sink in. It hit Aaron hard too, because he’s been so consumed with work, there’s been almost no time to pull ourselves out of the day-to-day enough to see the big picture.

We’ve been talking about making a recipe video together for at least a year, with Aaron driving the conversation up until very recently, when I was given the kick in the butt I needed to push ego aside some and just do it. Seeing and hearing yourself on video can bring to the surface all sorts of emotions and self-criticisms. Things that were there already, but pushed down and reigned in. I like to be great at things, and so I do this with lots of new experiences that take me out of my comfort zone. And then inevitably, I come out on the other side and realize I put myself through a whole bunch of worry and what-ifs when I could have just embraced the process and accepted that I don’t know what I’m doing and that’s okay.

Aaron and I found Her to be terrifying and smart and beautiful. It was the jolt that we needed to plan for time to slow down and think about what we want out of the next year, ten, twenty…life. Not so much specifics, but more general feelings. What we both ended up loving about making this recipe video was telling a story. It’s a smoothie I shared almost a year ago that serves as a sort of marker of time for me. And now this video is a marker of time, too.

I haven’t fully processed what it means to be 30, or to buy a condo, or to finish my culinary nutrition program. I’m craving some quiet to pause and take it all in. What I do know is that one day we’re 16 and falling in love and another we’re 30 and making a home.

It’s important to live in the present, reflect on the past, and dream about the future, and often we need to push ego and what-ifs aside and throw ourselves into something new.

Photography and video by Aaron Scott



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  1. Cadry says

    Great job, Amanda! I really like how you told a story with the video using a voiceover. Really unique and fun to watch! I’m glad that you ventured into doing video, and I hope you’ll do more of them.

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Cadry! I think we will do more videos. They’re a big time commitment (as I’m sure you know from experience), but Aaron really enjoyed being able to work on this, and I also loved being able to tell a story in this format. I think our new kitchen (!!!) will be great for this once we move at the end of summer.

  2. Caitlin says

    how fun! what a great video with a wonderful dialog sharing your struggles with allergies. also, i love your apron (i have the same one!).

    1. Amanda says

      Those anthropologie aprons (and everything in that store, really)…they are so fun!

  3. I love this video! And happy belated birthday!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Michelle!

  4. this is a beautiful video Amanda…and informational.

    1. Amanda says

      Thank you. <3 I'm submitting it for my CNE class too, so I wanted to include a bit of nutrition information.

  5. Jody says

    Awesome job Amanda! Think I’ll make one right now 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks so much, Jody!

  6. Lauren says

    Amanda, this video is awesome, and it’s so great to ‘meet’ you! My husband and I watched your video together, and we both really enjoyed it! I’m happy to see you’ve found some recipes to help your allergies, and I hope everything continues to improve! 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Oh, I’m so happy you (and your husband!) enjoyed the video! I’ve been enjoying yours as well! It is sort of like “meeting” someone. 🙂

  7. Heather says

    I love this! Very nice styling. I won’t even share with you my spaghetti recipe video I made about two years ago when I was home alone and bored one day. It’s horrifying hahahaha.

    1. Amanda says

      hahaha And now I really want to see that video! Thanks for the kind words, Heather. <3

  8. Shana says

    Very cool video. Love the cinematography and the voiceover 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Thank you, Shanna!

    2. Amanda says

      Thank you, Shana!

  9. I love this video, Amanda! I can’t believe it’s your first. It looks so professional! 🙂

    “It’s important to live in the present, reflect on the past, and dream about the future, and often we need to push ego and what-ifs aside and throw ourselves into something new.”

    Your eloquent words are inspiring, as always. I needed this today. Thank you!

    1. Amanda says

      That is a huge compliment! Thank you!
      I’m so glad my post resonated with you. <3

  10. Kait says

    Rather than word vomit all over your website, I sent you an email. But since birthdays are the most special day of all and you tried to sneak this one past us all, I felt the need to comment again just to say

    HAPPY EFFING BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I had cute puppy photos I would share them but alas you’ll just have to settle for extra snuggles with yours. 😉

    1. Amanda says

      You are hilarious. Thank you for the lovely email and birthday wishes. xo

  11. Love the video Amanda! I’ve always been super self conscious about being photographed or videotaped, I admire your determination to just get it done, it was beautiful, hope you continue doing them. And Happy {Belated} Birthday, welcome to the 30s! 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      It sounds so strange saying I’m 30! Like, how did this happen?! 😉
      Thanks for the kind words on my video. For what it’s worth, you always look stunning in your photos. <3

  12. Jess says

    Amanda! This was amazing! Honestly, it feels like you’ve been doing it for years. High fives to both you and Aaron, and happy birthday too 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Thank you, Jess!! That means a lot.
      P.S. Happy 3 years of blogging!

  13. Kristen G says

    I really enjoyed this. I agree with everyone above that it was so professional that I felt as if you had been doing this for years! It was a really nice way to share yourself and your journey with your readers. Thanks for putting yourself out there…I can’t wait to see more!

    1. Amanda says

      Thank you, Kristen! Your feedback means a lot to me!


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