August 3, 2012

PB and Banana Protein Smoothie

I did a guest post yesterday for Kelly @Muddy Flowers.  More stuff about Alaska.  If you're interested...
(She has an adorable blog and 5 do people with children blog?)
Lately, I've been in a true breakfast funk.  It used to be my favorite time of day.  I adore breakfast food.  It just isn't appealing to me right now.  Instead of going through the options and telling you why I don't want to eat this or that, I'll tell you what I've been eating for breakfast for the last two months.

Dry cereal.

Yes.  As a toddler would.

I roll out of bed around 9:00am (in time for The View), I make my coffee (which I've also been having a love/hate relationship with as of late) and I pour a bowl of dry cereal (usually Oatmeal Squares) and I sit down in front of my Google Reader and I munch, munch, munch away.

Like a toddler would.  Or a squirrel.  I don't know.  I haven't had cereal with milk in months.

One day, I didn't even want dry cereal (!). That's when I knew something was wrong.  Lately, I've been forcing myself to eat something, anything, because I know that breakfast kickstarts one's metabolism.

So I made this.  Bananas are, of course, a superfood.  The protein powder makes it taste like a gosh-darn milkshake.  And the peanut butter gives it a real kick.  It's pretty subtle, but you'd definitely miss it without.
Six months ago, I would've thrown some spinach into the mix, but lately the thought of spinach makes me cringe.  As does the thought of most vegetables.

What are YOU eating for breakfast these days? Please tell me.  I have all of one week before I need to get my act together and feed myself before 8am.  If you don't help me, it's not gonna be pretty.

PB and Banana Protein Smoothie
makes one large smoothie

1 frozen banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Nitrean.)
1 T. peanut butter
1 cup almond milk (or regular or whatever)
about 4 ice cubes (a handful works)

This is the part where I should not be allowed to blog recipes...

Mix it up in the blender.  Of course.

Happy weekend!


  1. just finished a smoothie phase, but maybe i need to go back into it?

  2. I love this idea! I've been having a lot of egg scrambles eating paleo. Eggs with onions, peppers, sometimes broccoli, sometimes spinach, then with either cilantro and avocado or salsa. When I'm in the mood for fruit, I just have a fruit salad or a smoothie made with berries, a banana, and coconut or almond milk. I used to eat a lot of baked oatmeal, though. Particularly this one: with craisins added in. I heat it up and eat it with almond milk.

  3. Have you thought about overnight oats? You can put all sorts of things in them and they are chilled...not heating required. They are also delicious (in my opinion). has a ton of breakfast recipes that are easy and really good.

    I love the idea of this smoothy. Looks so yummy!

  4. Yeah, blogging with little ones is HARD!
    Your posts always make me laugh! Um....I eat a lot of cookies for breakfast so I guess we are both eating like children. OH well.
    This shake looks yummy and I love your instructions. Duh.

  5. i eat dry cereal just about everyday. and my dog sits on the floor next to me because I always drop some - just like a toddler would. : ) I have made a very similar smoothie many times this summer and it is SO good! if i didn't hate cleaning the blender I'd make it everyday.

  6. i've been eating a ton of oatmeal with fresh fruit and nuts recently- filling, healthy and delicious! also mango smoothies, mmm.

  7. So let me just make it known that I have NEVER liked cereal with milk on it. I don't like that it gets soggy, and I hate the taste of the milk after the cereal has been in it. It seems wasteful to just pour it down the drain.

    With that being said, cereal usually doesn't keep me full enough until lunch. Therefore, I have a PopTart problem. I love them. Like, waaaaay too much. They're quick, easy, and usually I survive until lunch without that uncomfortable "so-hungry-I'm-sick" feeling.

    I also enjoy toast with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. That just takes time that I just don't have during the school year. Not "healthy" exactly, but that's what I eat.

    I might have to try this with chocolate protein powder. :)

  8. I totally need to get protein powder. This sounds perfect for after my workout. Breakfast? Same as always: vanilla special k and milk, lol.

  9. Try adding a small dash of dark cocoa powder, it makes it even better!


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