Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Papaya Smoothie Bowl – Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly

Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing great this week! I’m back today for Breakfast and a Book with a new recipe I made for the first time this morning. I also have a new book to share that I’m reading with my children. It’s going to be an awesome day!


Today I decided to make a smoothie bowl for the first time. I have no idea what took me so long, but these seem to be all the craze, so I went with Anthony William on this recipe. He shares this smoothie bowl and other recipes on his website. You can also find this recipe in the Life Changing Foods book I’m currently reading.

What turned me on to this was reading about papaya on his website this morning. He talks about papaya and emotional support…

“Papaya can quickly lift you or a loved one out of grouchiness. Keep it on hand to share when feelings of crankiness, crabbiness, or impatience creep in. Papaya breathes light into everyone who consumes it, casting out negativity and darkness, purging old judgment, resentment, and stored-up frustration.”

So yeah–I woke up totally grouchy this morning. I have a sore throat and it’s freezing outside even though it’s mid-April. I’m a little stressed too and needed a pick me up bad! I had two beautiful papayas that needed to be used so this is what we went with for breakfast.


Rather than type out the recipe here, I’m going to share a video from Anthony William’s website which shows how to make the entire recipe. It’s a well put together video and I think you’ll enjoy it. Below I’ll share how I made it.

Our mint isn’t ready for harvest yet, so I totally left it out. I also didn’t have lime or raspberries so we improvised with strawberries.

Ingredients we used:

6 cups cubed papaya
4 dates, pitted
2 cups strawberries, divided
1 cup diced mango
1 banana, sliced
1 tablespoon shredded coconut


I added the papaya, strawberries and dates in the blender and blended until smooth.


I used this nifty strawberry slicer to slice the strawberries. Then I cut up the bananas and mangoes. 20180418_090210.jpg

I put the smoothie into the bowls…20180418_090918.jpg

and then we decorated!


These were really fun to build and it’s easy to make all different sizes by just adding more or less ingredients.


My first reaction was that it seemed really weird to be eating a smoothie with a spoon, plus with large pieces of fruit in it. Once I got used to it, it wasn’t too bad. I enjoyed the different flavors and really want to try it with raspberries, mint and lime next time. The kids loved these.


Because I modified the recipe, I can’t really give it a rating, but I’m definitely going to revisit this one again in the future.


This week’s book:

Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1)


Blurb from Goodreads:

Fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The Night Gardener will devour Shadow Weaver, the first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology that’s filled with shadows, danger, magic, and has the feel of a new classic.

Emmeline’s gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world, but she’s grown to be content, hidden away in her mansion with Dar, her own shadow, as her only company.

Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble’s mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees but the next morning the man in charge is in a coma and all that the witness saw was a long shadow with no one nearby to cast it. Scared to face punishment, Emmeline and Dar run away.

With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline’s only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.

My thoughts so far…

This was a total impulse buy! I was at Barnes and Noble with my kids checking out the middle grade books and this is the one we chose based on the blurb and the cover of course! I like that it appeals to a broad range from ages 8 to 14.


I ended up grabbing it on Amazon afterward because I couldn’t believe the price difference of $5 even after my member discount. Anyway, my kids aren’t too picky and seem to be enjoying it so far. For me, it’s seems to be okay at this point. We should have this one finished and reviewed in a few days.

Find this on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Age Range: 8 – 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 9
  • Series: Shadow Weaver (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages

Thanks for checking out this week’s Breakfast and a Book. Have you had a smoothie bowl? What do you think about this book? Feel free to leave thoughts below.

16 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Papaya Smoothie Bowl – Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly

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    1. Good to know! I did feel a bit better afterward and honestly, I never knew about papaya and emotional health until after I read about it in the book and on his website. That’s what I love about reading! You learn new things daily. 💜 Thanks, David. 😁

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    1. Yeah, I think it did us some good lol. You know those mornings where you just want to go back to bed and start over? haha. 😉 I’m just wintered out!

      We read more this morning and I’m starting to get into it a little more. Hopeful! Have a great day, Nina. 💙

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  2. Nel

    I’ll have to try a smoothie bowl one day. Yours looks delicious sans papaya and banana for me. Like you, I just can’t imagine eating a smoothie with a spoon, lol. I love the cover of Shadow Weaver. I hope it ends up being great by the end! 😊

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    1. Yes, you have to! It’s a neat experience. Really you could even sub melon for the papaya and blueberries for the banana. The possibilities are endless. There are so many recipes available too. You’ll have to let me know if you try one. Thanks! 😁 ❤

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  4. starjustin

    Omg! I’m so excited about the smoothie bowls! I’m looking for something different to add to my ‘new way of eating’ diet and this sounds perfect. Can’t wait to try it. I see papaya is very prominent here in Texas. Maybe if I get a chance I will bring some home to try before I leave to come home. Can you reproduce them with the centers that you cleaned out. Looked like seeds. I don’t know much about them. But I really do like using mango. And who doesn’t want to feel better right?
    Sounds like a good book for the kids too. Hope they enjoy it. I look forward to hearing about it.


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  6. Aw, I’m sorry you’re feeling under the weather right now. I’ve got a sore throat at the moment, too. Definitely not fun. I hope yours has gotten better since you made this post. ❤
    The cover for this book is so cool. I love the artwork/colors. 🙂 The smoothie bowl looks delicious, too. I've been wanting to try making one some time. Maybe once I'm through with the move.


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