This recipe is easy peasy. Kind of like our Easy Peasy Tortilla Chips, but tasting like a milkshake. I mean, really, is there anything wrong with this picture?
Believe it or not, sometimes I don’t want green stuff. As I’ve mentioned, I am 100% a recovering sugar addict, BUT living this clean lifestyle has helped me understand why I was so addicted. White refined sugar is like a drug–it actually makes your brain remember the feeling you had (as does MSG) and then reminds you that you need it over and over again.
For me, once I got educated, I was DONE. I wasn’t gonna let some white powdered mess rule my life.
All this confession is for a reason, I promise. One of my first thoughts along this journey was, “Well, what the heck am I going to eat then?” And then it turned into, “Will I ever get to eat sweets?”
I will say that I eat sweets every single day. Lots of my recipes come from some favorite blogs like Detoxinista or Oh She Glows, but some are just from experimenting in the kitchen. You can check out our whole desserts tab to see what we like, plus many of our smoothies taste like desserts too, like this recipe!
This one’s so simple, it feels odd putting it on paper. But, it has a protein punch (from the almond butter) and has a milkshake consistency. It’s guilt free–so I don’t feel bad drinking it for breakfast, although I usually drink it mid-afternoon for a boost!
This has been an awesome week. I’m not sharing many details right now, other than to say I’m quickly discovering how I can fully THRIVE to live in my own life. I have a LONG post coming in the next month or so about this.
All I’ll say is it’s got something to do with my former dream of singing country music and my friend Phil Lee, Jr. (And of course my supportive husband and my favorite drummer–on the end!!)
I’ve been so excited that I’m having trouble sleeping. I know, it’s totally against my own rules, but my brain literally won’t turn off. I’m breaking out my lavender oil and having to take baths at night just to calm down.
I’ve been super busy, fitting in regular life, doctors’ appointments, baseball, the website, and music, but y’all know THIS girl’s still gotta eat.
For breakfast, I made our Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal recipe, but halved it because I was the only one eating it. I washed it down with a glass of 100% organic apple juice.
The previous night, I made some incredible stuffed peppers–recipe adapted from this one!
I had some leftover quinoa stuffing, so for lunch this day, I had a salad, grilled pineapple, and stuffing!
In the afternoon, I was “snacky” hungry so I ate a bag of these Kale Chips. If you haven’t tried these, YOU HAVE TO!! This Mango Habanero kind is to die for (I found at Kroger).
As I’ve been starting back singing, I have to get back in the routine of running–as it’s the one sport that really strengthens my lungs! Ok, I have to admit, taking a selfie while running is not only difficult, but downright embarrassing.
But you know me, I’m all about being real. So here is my no makeup mid-run selfie. You know, thriving to live!
This particular night was a crazy one because we had a baseball game, and I was by myself. I knew I wouldn’t get to eat dinner until everyone else was fed, bathed, and in bed (probably around 9pm!), so I prepared ahead of time, and took this Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie (made with frozen banana, maple syrup, almond butter, and almond milk) with me so I had a protein/energy punch to get through the game.
So yes, my favorite thing about Andrew’s new job is that there’s no stress on baseball nights. Because on nights like these when I’m by myself, I really, really see no light at the end of the tunnel. It was almost 9 o’clock before I was able to eat. I was exhausted and TOO TIRED to cook myself something.
So in desperate times, I always have a back up plan in my pantry–in the form of Amy’s Organic Soups. These things ROCK and have all organic ingredients, and even vegan options for me, as I’ve been 100% vegan for about 2 months to see how I feel eliminating dairy and egg from my diet.
This Lentil Vegetable one is my favorite. I served it with a toasted Food for Life Gluten Free English Muffin, and it was delicious!
I’m pretty sure I was too tired for dessert this night. Hey–one benefit of a busy schedule?!
A note about being vegan: I have been a vegan for about 2 months now as an experiment. I am not against animal products, just promote local and organic options when available. Andrew, my husband, still eats plenty of meat, and we coexist beautifully. I just don’t want anyone reading to think that I think EVERYONE should be a vegan, because as of right now, my belief is that it DOESN’T work for everyone. I think the stuffed peppers would be amazing with some local spicy sausage, and I’m always an advocate of adding some grilled chicken to any dish!
Most times I try to protect myself. You know, if I post something about me drinking something GREEN, I’ll justify it in some way so people don’t make fun or talk about me. Seriously, that stuff happens over the color GREEN.
But today, I’m celebrating. I love GREEN drinks. I won’t justify it. I love them. Yes, I do.
So, here’s my beautiful breakfast: a Power Green Smoothie.
Yes, it looks like grass. But it takes like apple & kiwi, with only a hint of grass 😉
The recipe will be here soon 🙂
For lunch, I made something incredible. I’ve never liked tuna fish, even in my processed food days, but I love the idea of a cold salad.
This is a “mock” tuna fish salad, which means it looks like it & has the flavor of the salad but it actually contains no tuna. There’s no crazy ingredients. Not at all!
This was INCREDIBLE. Even my husband who thinks some of my creations are weird, LOVED it. AND he’s a tuna lover.
These little boogers are addicting and flavorful. Next time you want chips or croutons, try these 🙂
Before I explain dinner, I’ve got to explain this breakthrough I had.
If you’ve known me for a while or eaten a meal with me, you know I’ve got stupid food touching issues. Anyone else like that?
As a child, I literally had the divider plates, not to be cute, but because I could not function if my food touched. I have no explanation other than I was weird. I also had a real phobia of people poking me. Really?
So posting this picture with my side of Kale on top of my spaghetti is monumental. Like breaking chains kind of monumental.
I’m praising myself publicly for this one, y’all!
This is homemade marinara sauce (made with local tomatoes) over brown rice spaghetti noodles, topped with sauteed local kale and red onion. It was tasty and filling!
In honor of the recent Milkshake post, I needed to test it out for dessert one more time to make sure I liked the recipe I posted 😉 So darn it if I didn’t have to have more chocolate 🙂
Something with coconut. Something way chocolate-y. Something with Peanut Butter.
I know some of you are thinking: PEANUT BUTTER?!
Yes, we have a kid with an anaphylactic reactions to peanut butter.
So, this is my process: Make sure McCall gets to school (or to bed at night). Come home & make the smoothie. Wash everything thoroughly. Wash my hands. Drink smoothie. Wash smoothie cup. Wash hands again. Brush teeth. Sanitize toothbrush.
I know, I know it sounds crazy, but life-threatening allergies are no joke.
BUT, if I go to all this trouble just to drink this milkshake, it’s probably THAT good 🙂
Next time you’re wanting a milkshake, try this one out. I don’t calorie count, but I can guarantee it’s better for your body than the ones from fast food joints that can have as much as 1,500 calories–and contain NOTHING good for your body.
This milkshake? Cacao nibs, bananas, coconut milk–all nutrient rich foods.
So, yes, you can have your milkshake and eat it too!!
Substitution ideas: If you don’t like peanut butter, or can’t have peanut butter in your household, try almond butter. If you are on the top 8 Elimination diet, try Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter). For the milk, you could also use almond milk or rice milk.
Sometimes we don’t want something to taste green (for some of us, that might be most of the time 🙂 ). We just need CHOCOLATE! That is where this Almond Milk Chocolate Milkshake comes into play. Now you can have your chocolate milkshake without feeling guilty! This milkshake is full of good stuff AND tastes great. Next time you feel the need to eat ice cream or devour a box of cookies, try this first!
A note about Cacao Nibs: Cacao nibs are just raw, shaved pieces of cacao beans, the basis of chocolate. If consumed by themselves, they don’t taste like the processed chocolate we know, but more like coffee beans. If you eat them alone, you will notice how much processing, sugar, and/or milk must go into chocolate to make it taste like we like it. Unlike regular chocolate, cacao nibs are considered a superfood and provide your body with some amazing benefits, including antioxidants, minerals, and fiber. Who knew?!
I prefer to make my own vanilla almond milk so I can make sure I have only the ingredients I want in it, but if you are going to buy it, try this Pacific Vanilla Almond Milk–it’s wonderful! For a nut-free option, try rice or hemp milk or organic cow’s milk if you have no dairy allergy/intolerance!