That’s enough, I think. You’ve had your fun, but the constant downpours in the morning are wreaking havoc on my breakfast pictures, and the unbearable humidity is wreaking havoc on my running capabilities, leaving me breathless and uber sweaty. Please find another state to annoy.
Ok, seriously – I am over the rain! Luckily it hasn’t been starting until after my Mom and I get back from our morning walks, but the insane, over the top humidity levels during the rest of the day is making running pure torture. I was drowning in sweat during my run last night – brutes! It’s supposed to clear up, for at least a couple days, this afternoon. Cross your fingers!
In other news, you guys are smoothie STUDS. I got so many great ideas from the concoctions you shared yesterday! There are a ton that caught my eye, but the ones involving chocolate especially caught my attention and inspired this morning’s breakfast of a Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie!
In the mix:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee, chilled
- 1 Tablespoon dark chocolate peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter
Served in a stemless wine glass, because everything’s better in stemless stemware.
This was SWEET and CHOCOLATEY and, if you like dessert for breakfast, this will totally hit the spot. For everyone else? Maybe we reserve it for an after dinner dessert…
I packed the second of my “chop once, eat twice” salads for lunch today – a Kitchen Sink Salad. As in, everything’s in there, but the kitchen sink!
In the mix:
- Mixed greens
- Roma tomato
- Green onions
I’m telling you, peanuts make my salad world go round. My Dad first turned me on to adding chopped peanuts in my salad. They cost, well, peanuts and the flavor bursts through everything else in the mix. Salty, crunchy, yummy.
People always ask if I use dressing on my salads. I do, but never mention/show it because I keep a couple bottles at work to add right before I eat. Right now I’m alternating between Bisignano’s Italian Dressing (local company) and Trader Joe’s Light Raspberry Vinaigrette. I think I’ll go Rasp today!
Rounded out with a cup of crunchy, lightly-sweetened Life Cereal,
and a plum. Fun fact: I used to be allergic to plums! I grew out of the allergy when I was a teenager – thank God – because plums are legit.
In other news, look. at. the. size. of. this. zucchini.
Indecent I tell you!!! It came from my Mom’s garden and is literally thicker than my thigh! I want to make zucchini bread with some of it – I LOVE this recipe - but do you have any go-to recipes for this versatile veggie?
Fab news – Swanson Vitamins upped the ante and are giving away TWO canisters of Vanilla Whey Protein Powder instead of one - whee! Congrats to:
Maggie: As much fruit as I can pack into my blender is what I like in my smoothies!
allison @ livingoneday: oooooh delish looking lunch!!! i made a smoothie this morning with frozen acai concentrate (from TJs), blueberries, a little cranberry juice, and ice. DELISH and full of antioxidants! so refreshing, too
Email me your address at IowaGirlEats@gmail.com and we’ll get your protein powder out to you in the mail!
Off to start another day. Be on the look-out for a quick, late post tonight, hopefully about the MOST AMAZING EVENING EVER!!!!! DTC (details to come!)
Are you a glass half empty, or a glass half full kind of person? It’s ok to be honest!
In general, I am a glass half full kind of person. When things get rough, I usually have the ability to recognize that they could be much, much worse.