healthy strawberry chocolate smoothie

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Summertime.  How I love thee.  I love the hot weather.  I love the cool foods.  I love the time off work.  I love my time with William.  I love summer.  I’m a smoothie fan all year round, but especially so in the summer.  They’re easy to make, they can be packed with nutrients, and most importantly, they’re cold and delicious.

Strawberry and chocolate is one of my all time favorite flavor combinations.  I love vanilla custard with strawberries and hard chocolate mixed in.  Unfortunately, it’s not too healthy to eat ice cream for breakfast.  Especially everyday.  So I found a better solution.  A much healthier solution.  And one that is equally as delicious.  It’s a healthy strawberry chocolate smoothie.  Also, beautiful as it is nutritious.  Heart healthy, high fiber, no added sugar, you name it, this smoothie has got it all.

healthy strawberry chocolate smoothie

There are some options with this smoothie, as well.  It contains four core ingredients with three optional mix-ins.  I went with them all as you can see from the picture, but use what you have on hand.  Here’s what’s inside:

  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk
  • 3/4 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seed (optional)

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Why is it healthy?  Here’s why:

  • Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk: 50% more calcium than dairy milk, all natural with added vitamins & minerals, excellent source of Vitamins D & E, good source of Vitamin A, vegan, and free of dairy, soy, lactose, cholesterol, peanuts, casein, gluten, eggs, saturated fat, and MSG.
  • Strawberries: packed with antioxidants, loaded with Vitamin C, boost immune system, help fight cancer, naturally sweet, reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure, and fight bad cholesterol
  • Plain Yogurt: no added sugar, contains good-for-you bacteria, loaded with vitamins, may prevent high blood pressure, and high in protein
  • Old Fashioned Oats: keeps your digestive system functioning well, high in fiber, rich in vitamins and minerals, and contains complex carbs
  • Chia Seeds: natural high-orac antioxidants, essential fatty acids, high in dietary fiber
  • Flaxseed: high in fiber, high levels of natural antioxidants called lignans, and mega-source for omega-3s
  • Hemp Seed: high in omega-3s, omega-6s, and high in protein

healthy strawberry chocolate smoothie recipe

What is your favorite smoothie flavor combination?

BUFF Bowls

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear BUFF Bowls?  For me, I was thinking like, “Woah, you’re so buff, dude!”  (Don’t worry; I don’t really talk like that.)  Buff… like big muscles, right?  Noodles & Company had a different idea.  Their tagline for these bowls is, “A Few Favorite Dishes in the Buff.”  The BUFF Bowls have no noodles which makes them “in the buff.”  Clever, Noodles & Co.  Real clever!  I’ll tell you more about those buff bowls in just a moment, but since today is WIAW, let’s back up and start with the first meal of the day –

// breakfast //

green smoothie

A simple green smoothie with a banana, cinnamon, honey, spinach, flax seed, hemp seed, and milk.   Right when I started drinking it, I instantly regretted not adding peanut butter.  Peanut butter makes everything better.  Since this guy wasn’t loaded with protein, I was hungry shortly after, which led me to my first snack of the day:

// snack #1 //

flatout

A Sea Salt & Crushed Black Pepper Flatout ProteinUP wrap with red sauce, kale, and mozzarella cheese.  I microwaved it, rolled it up, and devoured it.  That was the protein that I needed! I’m still impressed that those ProteinUP wraps have 12 grams of protein in them!  That’s so good for a wrap!

When I’m home all day I tend to snack a lot more than usual.  So…

// snack #2 //

carrot chips

Carrot chips!  I picked up a container of these at World Market the other day since they were on sale.  I love that place.  I went because I needed cute little jars to put Bourbon Syrup in that I made for all the guys in my family for Father’s Day.  World Market has the best stuff, particularly for your kitchen!

// snack #3 //

sugar snap peas

I opened a package of sugar snap peas while at my parents’ house yesterday and dipped them into my mom’s homemade guacamole (so good!).  Sugar snap peas are probably my most favorite vegetable to eat raw.

// snack #4-1,000,000 //

Not pictured, as you can see, because I ate a million snacks yesterday, and literally just grazed my way through the day, never really sitting down for lunch.  My dad is always baffled when he sees me take a couple bites of everything they have in their fridge, and asks, “Why don’t you put some on a plate and warm it up?”  Nah… I’d rather just have a little taste of EVERYTHING.  Yesterday my grazing included an orange, some chips, a bite of cookie cake (wish I had more of that), salmon, chocolate covered almonds, and other things that I can’t seem to remember right now.  Now you see why I didn’t sit down for lunch.

// dinner //

buff bowl

BUFF Bowls!  Ok, so I clearly didn’t eat all three of these in one night.  There are four different Buff Bowls and I’ve tried three of them.  The idea behind BUFF Bowls is that they swap spinach for noodles, double the fresh veggies, and add a protein of steak, chicken, pork, or tofu.  All the BUFF Bowls are under 400 calories.  I was sent coupons to try the new BUFF Bowls free of charge.  From left to right:

  • BUFF Tuscan Fresca with Grilled Chicken Breast: Grilled chicken breast with tomato, roasted garlic and red onion, tossed with olive oil and served on a bed of spinach, and topped with feta cheese. This was good, but I feel like I could have easily made it at home. When I got out to eat, I like to eat something that I wouldn’t typically make myself.
  • BUFF Japanese Pan with Marinated Steak: Marinated steak sits atop a bed of spinach with broccoli, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, Asian sprouts, black sesame seeds and cilantro, dressed with a sweet soy sauce. This was my favorite! Lots of flavor and fun vegetables!
  • BUFF Pesto with Naturally Raised Pork: Naturally raised pork tossed with basil pesto, garlic, mushrooms, tomato, all served on a bed of spinach. This was my second favorite. The pork was shredded, so William had a couple bites, too.
  • (not pictured) BUFF Bangkok Curry with Organic Tofu: Organic tofu flavored with sweet coconut curry and served with broccoli, carrots, red bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, spinach and sprinkled with black sesame seeds and Asian seasonings.  I didn’t taste this one, but it sounds good.

// dessert //

frozen custard

Andy’s was handing out little containers of their frozen custard post-race, but since we were going to my parents’ for brunch right after, I threw this in my freezer for later.  Well, later was last night, and I was so glad I did!  I topped it with sprinkles (of course!) and ate every bite.

You snack your way through lunch like I did. What snacks do you eat? 

Team SkinnyPop

Have you ever had 24 full size bags of SkinnyPop delivered to your door all at one time?  That happened to be yesterday, and I was beyond excited to see the two massive boxes waiting for me.

Sorry, baby. Not for you. #moreformomma

Needless to say… I ate SkinnyPop all day long.

[THANK YOU, SKINNYPOP!]

Well, I did have some other food, but it was a pretty snacky day.

I started the day (before SkinnyPop arrived) with a healthy Strawberry Smoothie.

It was full of good stuff: 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup milk, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, 1 tbsp flax seeds, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1 scoop A-Game greens. Cold, thick, and delicious.

I hosted a small play date yesterday with my two good friends Diana and Rachel and their babies Emily and Carly.  Many more of these to come, especially this summer!

Do you see baby Emily holding William’s hand? Don’t be jealous, Carly…

It’s funny to see the babies interact now.  Emily is still pretty young, but William and Carly LOVE playing with each other.  They are just waiting for Emily to get a liiiittle older as they were definitely interested in her as they tried to poke her eyes and bite her feet.

They came over in the morning, so I set out a nice little brunch for all of us.

Watermelon, blueberry muffins, banana bread, Blue Diamond sea salt almonds, chocolate chip banana bread, and an egg and cheese biscuit casserole.  I had some when the girls were over, when they left, and throughout the day.  This served as my brunch, lunch, and snacks.  I have totally been loving on watermelon lately.  I’m not a huge fan of cutting it, but the few minutes it takes is definitely worth it, especially with the large quantity of fruit it provides. Anyone else loving on watermelon this summer?

One more photo cuteness from the play date:

William and Carly pretending to sleep.

They’re at such a fun age where they actually follow the directions (sometimes) of short commands.  And they both copy each other.  Carly put a basket on her head and William thought it was the funniest thing ever. Then, he proceeded to do it multiple times later in the day.  Silly babies.

Linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday.

More snackage included a million and one handfuls of SkinnyPop. No joke.

skinnypop

Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

At least it’s healthy, right? I’m now part of #TeamSkinnyPop, so lots and lots and lots and lots of SkinnyPop will be poppin’ (ha!) up around here. They are most known for “NO ARTIFICIAL ANYTHING” in their popcorn. Most notably, SkinnyPop is cholesterol free, zero trans fat, dairy free, peanut free, tree nut free, gluten free, preservative free, non gmo, and a good source of fiber. The four flavors include: Original, Black Pepper, White Cheddar, and Naturally Sweet. Right now, the white cheddar is stealing my heart (but I can always eat the original!); I do need to get my hands on that naturally sweet flavor. I haven’t tried that yet, and know it would be fantastic.

With all the snacking I did ALL.DAY.LONG. (seriously), I decided it would be a good idea to get some veggies in for dinner.  And that I did.

flatout wrap

What is this beautiful creation, you ask. (Oh you didn’t? I’ll tell you anyway.)  I used a Flatout ProteinUP wrap and loaded it up with tomatoes, cucumbers, lentils, hummus, and red peppers.  Then, I topped it all with Parmesan cheese and heated it in the oven for a few minutes before rolling it up.  As I was eating it, I was quite pleased with my creation.  But then I remembered I meant to add avocado to it. Argh, that would have made it even better. Boo. It was good as it was, and kept me full longer than I anticipated. (The ProteinUP wrap has 12 grams of protein in it alone! Not to mention the hummus, lentils, and cheese!)

As I sit here and blog its Tuesday evening.  I’m munching away on SkinnyPop because… well, I can always eat SkinnyPop, hungry or not. Not the best habit to get into, but it’s just SO GOOD. Ok, time to stop, sign off, put away the SkinnyPop, and head to bed.

Which #TeamSkinnyPop flavor are you: Original, Black Pepper, White Cheddar, or Naturally Sweet?

Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake

Apparently itz National Cheesecake Day.  I didn’t even know.  Well, this is just perfect!

There’s just something about milkshakes that call summer’s name.  Itz probably because they’re cool and creamy and delicious which compliments summer’s steamy temperatures quite perfectly.  Most milkshakes are not the healthiest, and while itz fun to indulge on occasion, I’ve got a perfect solution that you can feel good about anytime.  Even daily.  Itz a healthy strawberry cheesecake protein milkshake.  And itz absolutely amazing.

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake Recipe

Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plain Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 scoop Designer Whey Luscious Strawberry protein powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • Pure Via vanilla stevia to taste
  • *optional – whipped cream for garnish

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

If you don’t have or don’t want to use protein powder, reduce the amount of milk.

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake

The idea for this healthy strawberry cheesecake protein milkshake came when I saw this lightened-up cheesecake dip.  Anything cheesecake is a win in my book.  And if you want to give it an extra little something, go ahead and top it with some whipped cream.

Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake Recipe

I mean, why wouldn’t you, really?

What’s your favorite flavor of cheesecake?

I like Thai food

I’m tired.  Last night as I was writing this post, I was like woah, I’m exhausted.  So I decided today’s foodie post will be short and sweet, but tasty as always.

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

pumpkin pie smoothie

Itz pumpkin, Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder (order from iherb with discount code VAJ523 to save $$!), chia seeds, vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, half a banana, and topped with granola.  It had been awhile since I’d had Sunwarrior protein, and I noticed it contains xanthan gum which is probably why this smoothie turned out super thick!  And my orange glass Simply Straw matched my pumpkin pie smoothie so well!

Lunch: Rice, Bean, & Vegetable Soup

soup

Itz one of my hodgepodge crockpot concoctions again.  It contains chicken broth, pinto beans, great northern beans, brown rice, celery, corn, peppers, carrots, onion, tomatoes, cabbage, garlic, and some spices.  Throw it all in, let it cook, and lunch is served all week long!

Linking up with Peas & Crayons What I Ate Wednesday!

Dinner: Pad Thai and Chicken Cashew Stir Fry

Thai

I like Thai food, can you tell by my creative post title?  Haha, I told you, I’m tired!  When Brittany texted me on Monday saying she was in the mood for Thai food, I knew just the place to take her!  There is a small Thai restaurant near our house that Jonny and I had never been to before, but had always heard good things.  Perfect opportunity to try it out!  Brittany and I took our boys, and we really loved it!  Previously, Jonny and I enjoyed Thai food, but didn’t frequent restaurants on the regular.  In fact, the last couple times we had gone were less than stellar.  This experienced changed our minds, and I made the discovery that, wow, I do really like Thai food!

We ordered Chicken Pad Thai (rice noodles stir-fried, bean sprouts, green onions, ground peanuts, and egg), and Chicken Cashew Stir-Fry (stir-fried chicken, cashews, pineapples, carrots, white onions, bell peppers, and chili paste). Of course it was served with white rice.  Both dishes were fantastic.  Jonny ordered them a “four” on their five-point scale, with five being “Thai hot.”  Four was perfect because it was spicy, but not hot enough to ruin the dish.  We’ll definitely be back!

brittany

And I hope this lady (and her men – the hubs & Baby Delight) will be too!

Are you a fan of Thai food?  Favorite dish?

five things friday

Itz Friday!  Yee-haw!  Itz five things Friday which means I get to spill my guts share five random things with you all today for Clare’s Five Things Friday link up!

1.  I made a beautiful green smoothie with hemp hearts.

green smoothie hemp hearts

Mmm!  Isn’t it pretty?  I’d had this sample package of hemp hearts for too long, and decided this week was the time to try ’em out.  Benefits of hemp hearts? 

  • Incredibly nutritious – per 30 gram serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of easy to digest plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.
  • Hemp Hearts contain more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax.  (source)

I found hemp hearts to be pretty flavorless which is a good thing because you can add them to anything to get the benefits of their nutritional value.  Some people say they have a nutty flavor, but I found them to be very mild.  In my smoothie went the hemp hearts, strawberries, bananas, handfuls of spinach, ice, and vanilla almond milk.  Now I’ll need to get a full size package of hemp hearts.  I’m thinking… iherb?

2.  Yesterday morning I emailed my dad a link on how to make a lightbox.  He’s incredibly handy and I thought maybe I’d just give it a shot by passing along the directions.  Literally just a few hours after I sent him the email, he replied with, “BAM!”

lightbox

Is my dad not amazing or what??  I seriously could not believe it!  Now I need to get some light bulbs, start experimenting, and learn how to use it.  My dad is the best!  Thanks, Dad!

3.  Jonny got me a Miami maternity tank right when he found out I was pregnant.  I felt funny wearing it before I was showing, and now that I am, I finally got to rock it!

quarterback in training gym

Quarterback in training, Baby Itz!  It feels good to be back in the gym.  Itz still low key: walking a couple of miles, lunges, squats, push ups, and light weights, but itz something!

4.  I made these delightful cucumber snack bites the other day and forgot to include them in my last WIAW post.  But aren’t they cute?

cucumber snack bites

Itz cucumber slices on Triscuit crackers with Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese.

5. This guy. Date night.

gender reveal

I’ll never tire of our announcement or our gender reveal photos!  Love them and love him!

Any tips for me on how to use my new lightbox?  Plans for this weekend?

Veggie Power Smoothies at Smoothie King

With the holidays in full swing, desserts and sweet treats are always around.  There are goodies in the teacher’s lounge, my students have brought me umpteen boxes of chocolates, and at every holiday party there is an assortment of homemade treats.  I’ve eaten dessert for breakfast mores times than I care to admit (big thanks to you, Annette!), and have had nibbles here and there throughout the day everyday for the past few weeks.

While I could blame this on Baby Itz, I’m pretty sure itz just because the goodies are around, they’re delicious, and I’m all about treating myself these days.  With that in mind, itz still extremely important to remember to eat (or drink!) a plethora of fruits and vegetables.  One of the easiest ways to do this is through smoothies (I know you agree, Britt!).  There is an all new Veggie Power line available at Smoothie King!

veggie power

I’ve had the opportunity to try all three, and all three are winners!  Right now, Smoothie King’s veggie power line is only available in St. Louis, Missouri and Jacksonville, Florida.  Here they are with their descriptions and my own two cents:

  • Apple Kiwi Kale: Deliciously defending your immune system with tangy Vitamin C and free-radical fighting antioxidants.  This one is my FAVORITE! Itz the sweetest of the three which is probably why I like it so much.
  • Berry Carrot Dream: Powerfully packed with Vitamin A for strong eyes and skin, plus heart-healthy fiber for a lean, mean digestive system.  This is the second sweetest, and itz bright orange color ensures you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients you’re (I’m) missing when eating all those desserts!
  • Carrot Kale Dream: A mighty full serving of veggies plus the Slim & Trim Vanilla Protein Blend for a strong body with fearless immunity.  This was the least sweet, but it still could have passed for a fruit smoothie if someone didn’t know better.  It also had the most staying power probably due to the protein blend it includes.

All three of the veggie power smoothies are great options for getting a daily dose of fruits and vegetables without even realizing it.  In fact, I think itz safe to say that even veggie haters would love these smoothies!  The kale and carrots are completely undetectable which is a selling point for some.

smoothie king

Smoothie King is what’s marvelous today!

Well, Smoothie King wants one of YOU to experience the goodness of their veggie power line and is giving away one $25 gift certificate.  Itz time to treat yourself during the season of giving, and fuel yourself with fruits and veggies with a Smoothie King smoothie.

Leave a comment on this blog post telling us which veggie power smoothie sounds the best to you (mandatory).  Other optional entries include:

  • On Twitter, follow Itz Linz and Smoothie King and tweet the following, “I want to try @SmoothieKing’s new Veggie Power smoothies from @ItzLinz! http://wp.me/p2WMfo-26O #begoodtoyourself “
  • Follow Itz Linz and Smoothie King on Instagram.

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each additional entry (three total entries possible).  This giveaway will be open until Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 8:00 pm CST.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, December 27th. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congrats to #11 Jamie @ Rise.Run.Mom.Repeat!  Please email me so we can get your gift card shipped to you ASAP! 🙂 Everyone else, thanks for entering and make your way to Smoothie King to try a Veggie Power smoothie!

*Note: I received a gift card to try the smoothies.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

blueberry oatmeal smoothie

As promised, today I am delivering the blueberry oatmeal smoothie from the Runner’s World Cookbook. You know I love my smoothies and this one ranks up high in my book!  I like that itz packed with protein even though it uses no protein powder.  Since I haven’t been working out, I haven’t been using protein powder like I used to, so I welcomed this recipe with open arms an open mouth.  Here you go, friends!

RW blueberry oatmeal smoothie

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie

  • 1 cup milk (I used 2% dairy)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed

Tastes like a blueberry muffin without all the added fat and sugar. Fabulous breakfast!

Today’s episode of WIAW is brought to you by Peas and Crayons.

Lunch was looking pretty random for me yesterday as I packed cottage cheese, an apple, sunflower seed butter, and popcorn.  However, I happened to overhear the third grade team talking about ordering lunch, so I jumped right in that conversation and suggested the fourth grade team should order, as well!  Delicious salad from Dave & Tony’s for the win!

lunch

I love Dave & Tony’s because you can build your own salad and add lots of goodness!

Dinner included a tuna melt.  I simply toasted a piece of bread with Wild Planet tuna and topped it with cheese.  It was mighty tasty.  This was the first time I’d tried Wild Planet and Jonny and I both agreed that the tuna was noticeably better than other canned brands.  Itz more expensive (though I received mine free to review), but itz for good reason.  Wild Planet is huge on sustainability and claim their tuna has the highest Omega-3 and low levels of mercury.  They add no water or oil to their tuna.

tuna melt

I had a head of cauliflower that needed to be used, so I decided to make mashed cauliflower.  You know, like the fake, healthier version of mashed potatoes?  Well, I also tried to take a shortcut and use my blender instead of my mini food processor.  This caused me to add way more milk than I normally would have and we wound up with cauliflower soup.

cauliflower soup

No complaints from me or Jonny!  I literally steamed the head of cauliflower and threw it in the blender with almost two cups of milk, a dash of salt, garlic, and pepper.  After blending, I topped our bowls with some cheese.  Winner winner chicken cauliflower dinner!

Talk to me!  What tasty eats have you been enjoying lately?

Nutella Smoothie from Nadoz

I’ve written about Nadoz Cafe several times before.  Itz great for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, or juice.  Vino Nadoz is itz upscale neighbor, but today’s focus is on Nadoz Cafe.  Last night, Alive Magazine teamed up with Nadoz to share their amazing smoothies and juices.  They offered bloggers a complimentary drink while giving everyone else 20% off just because they’re awesome like that.  (If you missed this event, be sure to like Nadoz Cafe on Facebook to stay up to date on all their great specials!)

Anyway, Diana and I headed to Nadoz for dinner.  Here’s our plates:

nadoz dinner

On the left, you see the Veggie Medi Wrap which contains roasted red pepper hummus, mixed greens, artichoke, chopped tomato, mushrooms, and feta cheese with balsamic vinaigrette in a whole wheat wrap.  You have your choice of a side, but the southwestern quinoa salad is a must!  On the right, you have the Nutella crepe which is exactly what it sounds and looks like with added chocolate chips on top.  Who got what?

Yeah, that’s right – in true healthy living blogger style, I ordered the actual dinner and Diana opted to enjoy dessert for dinner.  Well, after we both demolished our delicious dinners, we sat and talked for quite awhile.  I kept eying Diana’s empty plate that had Nutella smeared all over it.  What I really wanted to do was bend down and lick the plate, but that wouldn’t have been very ladylike in public (at home, it would have been fine), so instead I scraped the remaining Nutella with a fork.

Then, Diana continued to feed my habit of cleaning her plate by lifting up her knife and showing me how much Nutella was left on it.  I did what any normal person would do…

scrape

I didn’t want any Nutella to go to waste!  (Proud healthy living blogger moment – ha!)  As we sat, talked, and let our dinners digest, we both decided to get a Nutella smoothie for dessert.  Itz contents were: Nutella (duh), frozen bananas, and milk.  On the menu said soy milk, but we both asked for almond milk and they happily obliged.

nutella smoothie

Holy cow, these were the thickest and most amazing smoothies ever!  The girl put an ungodly amount of Nutella in the blender and it was awesome.  As we watched her scoop and scoop the hazelnut goodness, both of our jaws dropped as we saw the jar she was scooping from.  I did what any healthy living blogger would do and asked if I could steal take a look at the enormous jar.

nutella

Itz bigger than my head!  The smoothie was so filling that I took part of it home to share with Jonny (good wife there, eh?).  He agreed it was fabulous.  St. Louis friends, the Nadoz Cafe Nutella smoothie definitely gets my vote.  You won’t be disappointed!

What’s your favorite way to eat Nutella?

Peanut Butter Peach Smoothie

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Don’t play like you didn’t miss my daily smoothie recipes, I know you did.  Since itz been just over a week since I posted 31 Healthy Smoothies, I thought I’d brighten your day by highlighting another one of my favorites: Peanut Butter Peach Smoothie.

peanut butter peach smoothie

I used one peach, a couple tablespoons of peanut butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla almond milk.  With an additional scoop of peanut butter for the rim obviously.  Mmm, itz so good, like seriously.  And itz best to make it during these last remaining days of summer while peaches are in season and super ripe and juicy.  I’ve made this one quite a few times and still think itz awesome.  Even though the smoothie challenge is over, I’ve still been digging smoothies for breakfast.

Today’s day of eats is brought to you by Jenn at Peas and Crayons and her new little Chickpea (so stinkin’ cute!); pop on over to the party and check out everyone’s posts.

I recently received a sample of AdvoCare Spark Energy Drink Mix.  Itz claims are that it has, “21 vitamins, minerals, and nutrients designed to synergistically provide a healthy, balanced source of energy, is sugar-free, and fast-acting.”

spark

While I’m not sure if it really gave me more energy through just one drink, I can tell you that the Mango Strawberry flavor did taste good and it was a fun way to mix up my daily water intake.

Lunches this week will all be the same as I made a huge batch on Sunday.  I cooked ground turkey meat, added onion, peppers, tomatoes, corn, black beans, garlic, quinoa, and cabbage.  I’m eating it over fresh spinach with a scoop of plain Greek yogurt and sliced avocado on top.

lunch

Yes, I individually placed those spinach leaves to surround the bowl.  My co-workers got a good laugh out of this, but it does look pretty, right?

Dinner many nights has been these same leftovers since I made such a large batch.  However, after eating it for lunch two days in a row and dinner, I wasn’t quite feeling it last night, so instead I made Shirley Temple Eggs.

shirley temple

Cooked in coconut oil is a must.  Eggs are always an easy dinner option and one I never get sick of.  Toast with coconut oil is awesome and you should try it if you haven’t yet.

What pairs with peanut butter best in a smoothie?