Salted Caramel Protein Smoothie

Smoothies are my go-to when I’m hungry and don’t have time to prepare a meal. They are also great on the go once I bought some mason jars and special lids to hold straws.

I don’t usually buy smoothies because they are so frigging expensive and I always feel like I could have made the same at home, but I had the best tasting smoothie at the Big Carrot Juice Bar a couple of weeks ago–salted caramel deliciousness. I thought I would recreate it with a protein boost and it turned out great.

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Salted Caramel Protein Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1.5 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a blender and sip away! yum.

Fat: 15.8g

Carbs: 42.4g

Protein: 26.6g

Sleep regression (again!) and salade NiΓ§oise

Always a busy day with an infant! Baby Boy has been going through another sleep regression. I thought it was due to the schedule change while we were in Cuba, but it’s already been 2 weeks since we’ve been back and he’s still been waking up a few times a night. So of course I googled it at 3:30am last night. And there it was…sleep regression at around 8 months. I remember doing this at the 4 month mark, which is another sleep regression time. 12 months is another one. So that made me feel better and will help me hold on for a couple more weeks! One a night wake ups, please come back!

This morning, Baby Boy hung out in the #circleofneglect (what my sis calls it…ha!) while I cooked some apple chunks.

 

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He loves to snack on these in his mesh feeder.

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It also gave me some time to make my much needed coffee–8 month sleep regression over here! sigh. My coffee is a bit odd, but I love it! Instant coffee, almond milk, carob powder, and xylitol. Yum.

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I made him a smoothie made up of water, banana, and organic wild blueberries. He drank it right from a cup and loved it! I mixed some with his cereal as well and he gobbled it up. Definitely doing this again with different fruits.

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It’s getting pretty fun to experiment with different fruits and veggies for his meals. I feel a bit behind and think I’ve been a bit too conservative with what I’ve been feeding him, so I’m trying different combinations now without fear. He still hates lumpy food though, so I still need to puree it pretty well, but he can handle it a bit thicker. So we’re progressing.

What’s on for dinner tonight? Salade NiΓ§oise! This salad is on our weekly rotation. I can’t make it frequently enough for the Mr. Over time, I’ve found some quick shortcuts to make this salad as quickly as possible. Let me know if you try it out!

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Salmon Skewers

It’s BBQ season! That means less dishes and enjoying our patio more! Our first patio dinner consisted of salmon skewers and grilled veggies. Baby hung out in his chair and let the hubby and I eat, just like the good old days! This is a super easy and quick recipe, perfect for a weeknight.

Salmon Skewers

  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 lb wild salmon, skin removed and cut into 1-inch pieces

Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, dill, garlic, and pepper in a bowl and stir in salmon. Marinate in the fridge for 15 minutes.

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Remove salmon from the marinade and thread the pieces on thick wooden skewers. Grill for about 10 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily. You can baste the salmon throughout with the remaining marinade. The hubby likes his fish well cooked, so we leave it on the BBQ for a little bit longer. Depends on how you like it. Serve with a side of grilled vegetables.

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