Hope you had a really great weekend! We drove to Dallas this weekend for the Red River Showdown: Texas vs. OU- a football rivalry we look forward to all year long. I actually didn’t take one.single.photo. this year- BLOG FAIL! But it was so fun….even though we lost. I loved visiting my sister who lives in Dallas, her boyfriend who gets deployed next week, and my in-laws. All of my favorite people!
I finally cleaned out the “office” room of our house, and now you get to see what kind of real life slobbery Zack patiently endures ^
It’s going to be much more when I get done with it, but for now it’s a clean space that Jaxon enjoys, and that’s enough!
Speaking of Jaxon:
He’s a great cheerleader, deaf fluff and all. Love his enthusiasm.
The real reason for today’s post: I’m going to give you a reason to enjoy Monday mornings, because I like a challenge and Mondays deserve love, too.
This thick, creamy smoothie was created with one of my favorite plant-based proteins, and if you’re a regular around here you know that’s Vega. This recipe has coffee and other goodness, making it a great way to kick-start your day with a boost. Try to fit as many nutritious ingredients as possible into your smoothies, just like you would a meal. Keep in mind that smoothies don’t trigger satiety cues from the brain the same way that food does though, meaning that it’s more difficult to get a sense of fullness from smoothies. They’re great for pre or post workout with a small meal, or as a snack, but make sure they’re thick and creamy if you’re eating them as a meal, that way you can actually sit down and eat them slowly. Also- strive for as much nutrition from your meals as possible, because real nutrition should come from real food, not protein shakes.
Morning Coffee Chocolate Smoothie
A rich, coffee and chocolate smoothie perfect for breakfast.
- high speed blender
- 1/2 C almond milk
- 1/2 C freshly-poured coffee
- 1/2 C ice
- 1 C frozen cauliflower
- 1 handful of fresh kale
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp organic cashew buttah
- dash of ground cinnamon
- 1 scoop of Vega Clean Chocolate Protein
- Pour milk, protein and remaining ingredients into blender
- Blend on “high” until thick and rich texture is visible
- Pour and serve. Top with melted deep dark chocolate, or homemade granola for added texture and fun!
If you have a tough time getting the consistency as thick and as creamy as you’d like, add more frozen fruits/veggies or ice. Try just a small handful at a time until it looks tasty. If it’s too solid, add a bit more liquid and blend it up again. Don’t be afraid to play with your smoothie though- a good one is worth the work, and usually all it takes is a few more seconds of your attention.
Tomorrow morning is a 5K jog, followed by one of these. Let me know if you give it a shot- tell me what you think! Hope your Monday is pretty good for a Monday 🙂