Health & Wellness · Recipes

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

Hey friends! Here’s a smoothie recipe I put together that includes avocado! In a smoothie!? Whaaaat? Yes! It adds a nice, rich creaminess to any smoothie recipe and I promise you do not taste the avocado. The best part, you get all the added benefits of the avocado. Avocados provide heart-healthy fats, dietary fiber, Vitamin K, and folate, among other things. With a food as nutrient dense as the avocado, it’s easy to throw in a smoothie the next time you decide to whip one up. Here’s the recipe:

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of frozen strawberries (more or less depending on your taste preference of the strawberries)
  • Scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 3 ice cubes
  • *optional: I added 1/2 teaspoon of reishi medicinal mushroom powder (Currently experimenting with the benefits of medicinal mushroom powder. See last post here. You do not need to add this as it does not affect the flavor of the smoothie).

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All you have to do is combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth! I snapped a shot of the frozen strawberries, banana, and avocado before adding the rest in. So pretty!

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Here is the finished smoothie! During the blending process, I added just a splash more of chocolate almond milk to make is slightly less thick, but it still comes out thick and creamy and delicious!

This smoothie is so good! The strawberry goodness with the slight hint of chocolate from the almond milk makes me feel like I’m drinking a milkshake! The avocado adds such a wonderful thickness to this decadent smoothie. No green seen here, and it’s healthy and nutrient dense. I prefer to enjoy this after working out, but I would also have this as a meal replacement for breakfast or lunch. It’s filling and satisfying. I’m happy to have shared this recipe with you and I hope you enjoyed 🙂

On another note, I’m leaving for Spain on Wednesday for a week.EEEEEEEEEEEEH! I’m SO.EXCITED. Perhaps I should document all the cerveza food I consume.  I’ll be sure to share parts of my trip on here when I return. Until then, enjoy your weekend!!! Thanks for reading =DFullSizeRender

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Health & Wellness · Recipes

Chocolate peanut butter protein cookies

When it comes to cookies, cake, and ice cream, I usually have a hard time saying no! That’s not to say you CAN’T have any, you can, obviously! However, I love trying new things and healthy alternatives to dessert recipes. When I say healthy alternative, I mean a little more nutrient dense than the original may be. Today, I decided to try peanut butter chocolate cookies…protein edition! This recipe is inspired by Tone It Up, who came out with the recipe for a 3-ingredient peanut butter cookie. Perfect for a busy girl like me! The only thing I switched out was the protein powder (I used my own chocolate protein powder I already have), and their recipe calls for vanilla protein powder. They actually use their Perfect Fit Vanilla Protein Powder which I need to order because it’s delicious! Since there’s a switch in protein flavor, I plan on making this again using vanilla instead of chocolate and seeing which I like better. But for now, here is the extremely easy recipe along with a few photos I took during the process. Enjoy!=]

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ cup egg whites
  • 1 cup peanut butter

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After preheating the oven to 350 degrees, mix all the ingredients together

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Roll the dough into about 2 tablespoons balls. Then, flatten each ball with a fork (across each side) to create the shape of the cookie!

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Bake for 10 minutes, and then you are done!! I made 12 cookies out of it

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Eat and enjoy! Delicious with coffee in the morning, or after working out. Yum!

Thanks for the recipe Tone It Up!