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

Starting a healthy year a day early

I absolutely love starting new years. It feels fresh, I can leave the year prior behind, and I look forward to improving myself every year. I also start the new year with a few goals to achieve–they are usually health-related. One of these goals for 2015 is to consistently plan out my meals and workouts every Sunday. This used to be fairly simple for me, but once Baby Boy was born, my healthy habits were placed on the back burner. My ideal healthy day is getting in a workout, a post-workout smoothie, and healthy meals all day. So why not start my healthy year a day early?

That’s what I did. Today’s workout was focused on my lower body. I got this workout in in the morning, which I so much prefer compared to later in the day. The Mr. is off so it was relatively easy to do while he stayed with Baby Boy. Let me know if you try it out. As always, check with you doctor before starting a workout routine.

lower body workout

Next up was my post-workout smoothie: blueberries, banana, almond milk, flaxseed, vanilla protein powder, and a few ice cubes.

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Not a bad start! Here’s to a healthy, joyful, and positive new year everyone!

Smoothie Saturday

When I run out of breakfast ideas for Baby Boy, I default to making a smoothie with whatever I have in the freezer/fridge. And this one was a hit! If you’ve never tried avocado in a smoothie, give it a shot. It gives the smoothie a creamy silky texture, without tasting the avocado. The pineapple takes over. A little taste of summer in the middle of winter.

Pineapple-avo smoothie

Pineapple-Avo Smoothie

  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 3 dates

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!