With the weather getting warmer here in the south (temps in the mid-70s this week), I am all about smoothies! I love them more when the weather is warmer than when it is cold outside.
My niece Hannah over at Through the Lens shared this recipe for a delicious smoothie. I am heading to the kitchen right now to make it! I always love cranberries, but when matched with oranges, they are absolutely amazing. Go ahead…give it a try! You know you want to!
I came across a recipe the other day for a milkshake similar to the smoothie recipe that I am going to share here. It is winter and still cold even here in the south, so I don’t care to drink too many milkshakes! I tried this recipe this morning making it thinner like a smoothie. It was the perfect mid-morning snack since I ate an early breakfast today and needed something to hold me over until lunch.
1/2 c. low fat cottage cheese (or plain Greek yogurt)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp. sweetener (Might need more if using Greek yogurt)
3/4 c. almond milk
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tbsp. peanut butter flour
1/2 to 3/4 tsp. caramel flavoring
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth! Adjust the taste to your liking by adding more peanut flour, cocoa powder, or caramel flavoring.
If you prefer your drink thicker like a milkshake, add about 7-10 ice cubes to the mix and blend well.
I really am trying to get more recipes posted here…really, I am! However, sometimes this little bundle of sweetness just takes over my time! I can’t believe that she is almost 3 weeks old already!
The other day I did a little searching through my freezer to see what was there that should be used up soon. I came across a small container of cooked sweet potatoes. Knowing that sweet potatoes can be used in similar fashion to pumpkins, I decided to make a smoothie. It was delicious!! If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I just love anything pumpkin or apple or cinnamon during the fall. Fall just came yesterday and with it came fall-like temperatures, so this smoothie was perfect for me! I just played around with the amounts, so what I put here are estimates.
1 c. almond milk
3/4 c. mashed sweet potatoes (mine were still partially frozen)
1 heaping tsp. of pumpkin pie spice (I used this.)
1/2 tsp. of sweetener (I used pure cane sugar)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Add a little extra almond milk if it is too thick for you. Enjoy!
I can’t believe it has been over 10 days since I last wrote a post for this blog! So sorry, everyone! Summers do tend to keep us all busier than at other times of the year. Last week, when I probably would have written a post, found me visiting my sister in Alabama. All my guys were gone for the week, and I found myself totally alone for the first time in over 24 years. The first day or two really were not so bad…no responsibilities was actually sort of nice! However, I am a people person, so I made arrangements for the dog and set out on my journey. Making that 6-hour drive alone when I was in my 20s never bothered me; but now that I am older I realize that I like company when I drive. Anyway, I had a marvelous time getting to visit with my sister, her two daughters, and her 5 grandbabies. The men in her life were gone for the week, too! I stopped to see Barbi on my way home and had a great few hours with her, too!
Today is a sad day in the Gardner kitchen. My faithful food processor, which I bought used over 24 years ago, died this morning. I was in the middle of chopping up ingredients for a 3rd batch of salsa when it refused to turn on. I switched the plug to a different outlet and made sure I had all the parts on correctly, but it just wouldn’t work. Saddness. I had to finish the job by using the mini processor that came with my blender.
The other day a friend of mine shared her recipe for Green Monsters and oatmeal smoothies. I have heard of green monsters before, but didn’t have a recipe for them. Kate was saying how good they are and how convenient they are to grab and go when in a hurry in the mornings. I’m not usually in a hurry in the mornings, but love these just for a change from the norm. They are also great for these hot summer days!
The oatmeal smoothies recipe can be found here: http://www.theyummylife.com/Oatmeal Smoothies. I made the Pomegranate Blueberry Smoothie which is just amazing!
1-2 tbsp. whole flax seeds
1 frozen banana
1-2 tbsp. peanutbutter
2 big handsful of spinach
1-1/2 c. milk
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! Kate uses almond milk instead of cow’s milk and said it tastes great!