I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately. But, like most people, I don’t crave them for breakfast, I seem to almost always want them at lunchtime. Unfortunately, I’m usually at work during lunch, so I always make sure I get my smoothie fix on my days off.
My routine on Thursdays for the last month has been to wake up, lounge around and drink a cup of coffee, clean the house a bit, paddle board with the pups for a few hours, run a couple errands, then come home and make a smoothie for lunch- I don’t know about you, but after a few hours in the sun, I don’t usually want a heavy meal, so smoothies are the perfect solution to tackle my hunger, while keeping me hydrated and cooling me down.
So many reasons to love smoothies! Did I mention they are also healthy?
The smoothie love list goes on…and on…
I can’t get over how much I love this smoothie. I think it’s safe to say it’s my new favorite (don’t you worry Green Smoothie, you know you’ll always be my #1).
Speaking of GREEN, can you believe it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day? Where has this year gone?
Sorry…got distracted. It happens…
This smoothie is thick, creamy, packed with protein and healthy fats, and did I mention it’s delicious?!
My only problem with it is that I couldn’t decide what to call it…so if you come up with something better than Protein Packed Cinnamon Smoothie, please let me know!
In the meantime…
Protein Packed Cinnamon Smoothie
Yield: Serves 1
- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 large frozen banana, broken into chunks
- 1 T chia seeds
- 1 T nut butter (I used peanut butter)
- 2 pitted dates
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 ice cubes, or as desired (I love my smoothies thick)
optional toppings: chopped nuts, whipped cream, coconut flakes…options are endless.
Add desired milk into a high-speed blender, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth. If necessary, add more milk.
I topped mine with coconut flakes – they made the perfect addition.
I gulped it down in minutes (no joke), while I sat down immediately to share the recipe with y’all.
So. Damn. Good.
Oh, and I can’t leave without sharing these adorable photos of Lily from this morning…
She found a GIANT starfish and wasn’t quite sure what to think of it – it was adorable to watch her try to comprehend what she was face-to-face with. 🙂
Aren’t dogs the best?
Have a happy evening everyone.