P.B.A.A.

It’s Friday.

First pump.

Round-off, flip-flop, back handspring, layout.

I was a gymnast in another life.

Fo sho.

I’m a member of Peanut Butter Addicts Anonymous and while I’d love to be 100% paleo, don’t come between me and my peanut butter.

It’s the only legume I’ll eat.

That, and green beans.

Not together.

However, I do try to put peanut butter on just about anything I can get my hands on.

My latest obsession: turkey burger patty w/ a mountain of peanut butter on it.

Don’t judge me.

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My mom recently purchased a magic bullet.

Google it.

She told me that is what happens when you are sick in bed all day and subjected to watching infomercials.

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I’m reaping the rewards of her infomercial obsession.

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This powdered peanut butter stuff is perfect for using in smoothies.

It’s also life changing.

With 85% less fat than regular peanut butter, less sodium, and ummmmm…protein.

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Duh.

I make a smoothie once in a blue moon, but lately, this magic bullet has me feeling the smoothie fever.

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PB & J smoothie…

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for the win. 🙂

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What’s not to love?

PB & J Smoothie
Author: 
Recipe type: Smoothie, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Creamy peanut butter and sweet strawberries blended together for the perfect smoothie. Gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • 10 fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 2 T. powdered peanut butter (I suggest PB2 brand or Just Great Stuff)
  • 1 c. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • 1 to 2 packets granulated stevia, optional
  • ground chia seeds, for topping, optional
Instructions
  1. Place the strawberries, peanut butter, almond milk, and stevia if using, into a high powered blender and blend on high for 1 minute or until creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass and sprinkle w/ chia seeds.

Nutritional Facts (1 serving): Calories: 111, Total Fat: 4.5g (og Saturated Fat), Potassium: 259.2mg, Total Carb: 14.4g, Sugars: 7.3g, Dietary Fiber: 5.8g, Protein: 8.7g

MANGIA!!!

Matcha Matcha.

Happy Thursday y’all!
Today is super busy for me so let’s get this party rolling. Now, I have a Starbucks within walking distance from my house, and while I love sticking it to the man, going against the grain, and drinking coffee that tastes like actual coffee (meaning not Starbucks), I occasionally find myself taking walks with my parents to Starbucks on the weekends. It’s just relaxing to sit and chat with the parents, even if the coffee is bad. At least I can smell the roasting of fresh coffee beans…can you tell I was a barista for 3 years? I think know that’s why I am such a coffee snob. I know a good espresso when I taste one.

Anyway, my parents are quite the frappuccino lovers. In particular, Venti Green Tea Frappuccino’s with Soy Milk and No classic Syrup…mom gets whip cream (which pretty much defeats the whole soy thing).

Basically, my parents are sick and tired of wasting all of their money on those addicting little frappuccino’s, so when my mom and I came across matcha powder at Whole Foods, this green tea frappucino game was on like Donkey Kong. Yea, so, I decided to make a healthier version of the frappucino. Basically, it’s more of a Green Tea Smoothie.

Round up your ingredients: unsweetened, vanilla almond milk, matcha powder, and a frozen banana.

Not pictured here: 2 packets of Truvia sweetener, optional: scoop of vanilla brown rice protein powder.

Then things just get easier…

vroom, vroom in the blender. 

Bada

Bing!

Smooth, creamy, healthy, and delicious! Now, who is taking me out for wine tomorrow night?
Healthy Green Tea Smoothies (GF/V):
Ingredients:
1 t. Matcha powder (you can find this in Whole Foods’ bulk section: WIN!)
warm water, as needed to dissolve the Matcha powder
1 c. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
1 banana, split in half, and frozen
2 packets of Truvia sweetener
1 scoop (or roughly 1 tablespoon) or vanilla brown rice protein powder, optional
ice, as needed (about 1 cup)
Instructions:
1. Put the matcha powder in a small bowl and cover with enough warm water to dilute, about 1/4 to 1/2 c. The matcha powder is really, really, ridiculously strong, so don’t skip this step, unless you want a powdery smoothie. 🙂 Mix with a spoon. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
2. Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend of high until smooth. About 1-2 minutes depending on what type of blender you have.
3. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Makes 2-3 small smoothies and 1 large smoothie.
MANGIA!!!

Smooth Operator

Happy Monday y’all,
I can absolutely tell you that it is Monday because I just deleted my entire post for today…by accident. Let’s just “wing it” here shall we? Never been a fan of smoothies…or juices for that matter…I know, what the? Anyway, yesterday I had an epiphany and made a life altering decision…I needed a blender. You see, I pretty much burned up my mom’s $20 dollar blender by trying to make pesto in it. Yea, that didn’t happen. So, yesterday the Dad and I took a trip and bought the Ninja Blender…holy Ninja, Batman! 
Some smoothie-ing this morning…
1/2 frozen banana, 1 c. kale, 1 c. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk, 2 packets of Truvia sweetener, and a pinch of cinnamon!
I’m turning green as we speak, but oh…so delicious!
MANGIA!!!