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

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!

Balsamic Roasted Winter Vegetables

Convenience has been really important since Baby Boy was born. I used to be relatively strict about making meals from scratch and not paying extra for having vegetables prepped for me. But that’s changed. Babies do that, don’t they.

I now get some help by buying pre-cut and pre-washed veggies like kale, broccoli, shredded carrots, and rutabaga. Today’s recipe uses some prepared veggies to help out a bit, with others I prepped myself. It does make a difference in terms of the time it takes me to get dinner ready. And when Baby Boy is happily playing in his exer-saucer, I need to hurry before it all goes downhill!

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This dish keeps well in the fridge for a few days, and you can just reheat it when needed. We are all under the weather this week, so it helps to have a few meals already prepared and ready to go. Hope you enjoy it!

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