Banana-Berry Breakfast Smoothie


Banana-Berry Breakfast Smoothie is a yummy superfood smoothie perfect for starting your day out right!


Hi all, how was your weekend?

Mine was so tasty! I usually do most of my splurging on the weekends, as Ben and I like to order take out or go to dinner on Friday and Saturday, but try and keep things relatively healthy during the day. That said, Saturday morning I woke up and blended a Banana-Berry Breakfast Smoothie to sip on while enjoying the season premier of The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network. Love her AND her adorable family!

(Still kicking myself for standing there like a psychopath with my eyes bulging and mouth wide open instead of saying, uh, HI!, after running into her a few years ago!)

Banana-Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Serves 1


Banana-Berry Breakfast Smoothie is a total superfood smoothie, and the perfect treat for starting your day out right!


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 2-3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 3/4 - 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze (or milk)


  1.  Add all ingredients to bender then blend until smooth.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

The slightly-sweet and filling smoothie was perfect to ensure I wouldn’t turn into the cupcake monster when Ben and I made our way to the new cupcake joint in town later that morning, Scratch Cupcakery!


I started cracking up the minute we stepped inside the cute, bright shop. Women. Everywhere. Bahaha! Ben and another customer in front of us in line were the only two males in the entire place. What can I say, we women know what we want, and that’s CUPCAKES!


I am so thrilled to welcome Scratch Cupcakery to town. The company started in my college town of Cedar Falls, IA, and their new location here has already generated tons of positive buzz in the short time they’ve been open.


I knew at first sight of the creamy, fluffy icing dolloped on top of each cupcake that I was in for a treat. I walked away with Wedding Cake (almond flavored cake and icing) and Sully (aka monster cookie!) cupcakes and couldn’t wait to dig in later that afternoon.


I split the two in half, and devoured!


The icing was just as fluffy, soft and smooth as I was hoping, while the cake was dense and moist. Scratch totally knocked it out of the park with both of these flavors. YUMMM!!


The Sully cupcake was so unique with its monster cookie flavored frosting, and I couldn’t lick up the almond flavored frosting on the wedding cake cupcake fast enough. I am not a frosting girl, at all, but it was actually my favorite part! I can’t wait to try some more flavors!


After our cupcake adventure, Ben and I headed off for a day full of errands, including grocery shopping + lunch at Whole Foods. Ben had tried their Vegan Pizza with a friend a couple weeks ago and has been talking about it ever since (file that under things I never thought I’d say!)


While he enjoyed a couple slices of ‘za, I gobbled a big ol’ cup of Broccoli Cheddar Soup and iced tea. I really liked this soup! It was a bit overly-pureed for me (I like big hunks of broccoli in my BC soup,) but the flavor was stellar. I’d get it again.


Not wanting to go home after errands, we cruised around for a bit, looking at dream homes until the sun went down. We’re a year or two from moving out of our current place, but it’s so much fun to look and imagine. :) (Anyone else singing Wide Open Spaces a la the Dixie Chicks, btw?)  


This morning, I whirred up another sipper to supplement breakfast – this time using my juicer – a Crimson Citrus CleanserThis recipe comes courtesy of my sister-in-law. She and my brother make it most mornings, and I am telling you – their skin is gasp-worthy. So jealous! I made the recipe as written, except I added a knob of fresh ginger (obsessed with ginger in my fresh juice) and I think next time I’ll leave the celery out. For some reason I’m super sensitive to the taste of celery, and it’s just odd to drink the taste…

Other than that, I bought enough ingredients to make one every day this week. Looking forward to tomorrow’s juice already. It’s crazy just how GOOD it makes you feel!


It’s been a really crummy day out today, so Ben and I thought we’d beat Sunday boredom by taking a trip about 30 minutes north for a lunch feast at one of our favorite BBQ joints in Ames, IA – Hickory Park. Five minutes into the trip we realized the roads were too icy though, so we high-tailed to our favorite Mexican place instead – Monterrey.


Monterrey, and their salsa, complete me. Like, truly complete my soul. My salsa recipe is close, but nothing compares to the real thing. I can hardly control myself around it!


I always end up eating more chips & salsa than I should, so I attempt to reign it in by ordering a side of rice and a cheese enchilada for my meal. Too bad they’re big enough for two…


Good thing leftovers are just as good!


Back to gym tomorrow! ;)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone, and have a great week!


What was the highlight of your weekend?

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  1. That smoothie is SO purple! Looks yummy and so does that broccoli and cheese soup, definitely my fave kind of soup. My weekend will be ending with some Thai takeout, yay for weekend treats :D

  2. It sounds to me like you had a fabulous foodie weekend!!

    Those cupcakes look unbelievably delicious. A cupcake shop filled with women? I’d never guess! ;) I will absolutely be checking it out the next time that I am in Des Moines. I really want to try the Sully cupcake!

    Ben likes VEGAN pizza? Impressive!! It is awesome that he realizes that vegan food IS good :). It is still pizza…but hey, that’s a start! ;)

  3. Jen Edgerton 01.27.2013

    You have an absolute ton of great food/recipe ideas!!

    I will def. be trying the banana berry smoothie. I am in the middle of the last week of a 30 day green smoothie challenge, so i’m all about smoothies lately. oh and I love chia seeds, love em!

    Those cupcakes look SO good oh my gosh!

    I don’t have a juicer -just a plain ole’ blender – but I’d LOVE to try the Crimson Citrus Cleanser, do you think it would still work? I’m guessing with all the veggies probably not but ya never know!

    Also gonna have to try out your salsa recipe- i’m alwasy looking for good salsa!

    p.s I had no idea Pioneer Woman has her own show now?? so cool!

  4. Karla Turney 01.27.2013

    North Liberty here – we are having french dip sandwiches with provolone on this icy day. I put them under the broiler to get all hot and melty.

    Do you have a recipe for french dip sandwiches? Didn’t see any when I searched “french.”

    I so want to try one of those cupcakes next time I visit DM!

  5. Lauren 01.27.2013

    My goodness, that monster cookie cupcake….I die! And I don’t even really like cupcakes. What a tasty weekend indeed! Glad you enjoyed yourself darling!

  6. jad18 01.27.2013

    That’s funny that you posted about Scratch b/c I just had lunch last week with a friend who is getting married in May and having Scratch cupcakes at her reception. The wedding/reception is near Cedar Rapids, but she is bringing them down from Cedar Falls. I was thinking that I need to try them if they are that good. The best part of the weekend was watching good movies (Pitch Perfect and Spiderman) and getting major cleaning done around the house.

  7. Becca 01.27.2013

    So glad you tried Scratch! UNI alum here too, and I was still in school when they opened..I believe I stopped by the first week they opened and have loved them every since. So much that once I left a box of 6 on the back of my car and drove off, not realizing it until 6 miles out of town. I turned around, and miraculously found them still in the box in the middle of an intersection. None had actually touched the ground, so I took them home…and ate them all. No shame–Scratch is amazing.

  8. Melissa 01.27.2013

    I know you get to Cedar Rapids every once in a while. You must go to NewBo Market and have a cupcake from That Cupcake Place. Delish!

  9. I’m with ya, sista, on the unhealthy splurging on Friday and Saturday nights!! Those cupcakes definitely look worth the splurge though. Monster cookie cupcakes??! Can they ship them to Minneapolis?? ;)

  10. Amy H. 01.27.2013

    Ooh, we went to Scratch on Saturday, too! We went at 6:30 p.m. They were out of quite a few. I HIGHLY recommend the Samoa flavor!!! We also go Wedding Day – yummy! Funny enough, when we went, the line was still to the door, and I thought there was a huge amount of teenage/20-something boys there, along with some men. hahaha! They just wait until it’s dark out.

  11. Wow.. You had some awesome eats!! You are giving me a major cupcake craving…those look amazing!

  12. Hillary 01.27.2013

    These juice recipes are totally convincing me to invest, enjoy, and get over my anything-juiced-will-taste-like-grass fear ;)

  13. Allie 01.27.2013

    I am SO glad Scratch came to town! I also graduated from UNI and was SO excited to see it in Des Moines. Between Scratch and the OP, it’s nice to always be able to get a little slice of Cedar Falls. Scratch is catering my wedding this summer, and “wedding cake” will definitely be on the docket. My mouth was watering just looking at your picture!

  14. Gwen H 01.27.2013

    Wife of ISU alum here-I am having Hickory Park cravings now thanks to your post;) We will be there for a college visit with our son in another week so I’m thinking of a Saucy Southerner followed by some amazing ice cream concoction from their dessert menu. Have you ever had the pizza from Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company in Ames? When we lived there that was our favorite indulgence, and always with the whole wheat crust and little packages of honey to squeeze onto the crusty edges. Oh my-now I want that too!

  15. Adrian 01.27.2013

    That juice looks amazing! We have been looking for a new one to start off our day…kind of getting tired of our same green smoothie recipe, so this will be perfect! And, UM!!! I love, love, love Monterrey! I have always said, that their salsa is the BEST. We moved to Columbia, MO last year and there is nothing here that compares to Monterrey. It is the first place I hit with my girlfriends when I come back into town! Their fajita burrito is my absolute fave! This post makes me want to drive back next weekend just for chips and salsa!!! :)

  16. Hi Kristin! We’re new here and totally love your site. This looks like a great recipe to kick start a busy work week. Can’t wait to try it soon!

  17. Michelle 01.27.2013

    I’ve been in bed sick for the past three days with the flu. So the highlight of my weekend was you video from the morning news and surfing Pintrest. Although the real highlight was suppose to be my group fitness certification class yesterday. If you’ve never tried RIPPED you must find a class and go check it out. Burns 750-1000 cals in 50-60 minutes and is so much fun!!! I did go but was miserable the whole time. Hope moms pot of chicken noodle soup kicks in soon!

  18. Alisha 01.27.2013

    Talk about a foodie’s dream weekend! Cupcakes, smoothies AND mexican! Heaveeennnn!

  19. Oh sweetie, sweetie, sweetie….THAT IS A CUPCAKE! Oh my gosh, when first glanced at the photos of the cupcakery I stared for a good 10 seconds. That frosting? Ohhh…..

  20. Trisha 01.27.2013

    I absolutely LOVE that Scratch named their monster cupcake Sully! I dream about my future cupcakery every day and such a big part of my plan is really unique names that catch people’s attention. Sully is perfect! Way to go, Scratch!

  21. The monster cookie cupcake looks amazing! Never heard of that one before.

    There is a great pizza place here in northern Cali called Zachary’s and they have vegan pizza. Chicago-style deep dish, too! Sooo good.

  22. Alicia Becker 01.27.2013

    My husband and I (Iowa natives) drove north from Overland Park, Kansas to visit our daughter and her friends at ISU. We ate at Oddfellow Burger in Ames and later visited a fun neighborhood bar called Mother’s Pub. On Saturday, we saw a great basketball game win against K-State complete with the Sweet Caroline song after the victory. Then it was a quick drive by Drake and my huband’s old dorm after stopping by a few antique stores in downtown Des Moines. Dinner was at Bonefish Grill and Caribou Coffee for our three hour drive on I-35 back home to Kansas. We enjoyed our visit to Iowa!

  23. Jenny 01.27.2013

    I have a quick question. Any ideas for substitutions for spinach or kale in a smoothie? I love them but I am not supposed to eat them raw. Love all your posts. I am a hawkeye and lived in Des Moines too. Sounds like a lot has changed since I was there.

  24. Becki C. 01.27.2013

    The highlight of my weekend was our 5th Annual “Soup Group” Potluck–12 people at my house with 5 pots of homemade soup, snacks, adult beverages, German Chocolate Trifle (made from the the cupcakes that refused to come out of the pans) and homemade ice cream. Good food and great friends. We discussed juicing, Scratch (UNI parents) AND the absence of a Trader Joe’s/Whole Foods in the Quad Cities! Your blog (and recipes) came up in the conversation! Have a great week–ice is gone!

  25. lisa 01.27.2013

    I love your approach to the weekend as far as eating out and just being more relaxed! I drink thus smoother almost everyday – it’s amazing!

  26. I’m headed to WF tomorrow so I’ll have to give the vegan pizza a whirl. The cupcakes, well I’ll just pretend that I didn’t see them. :-p Yum!

  27. Meredith 01.28.2013

    Those cupcakes are making me hungry! :) the highlight of my weekend was making your cheesy taco soup for a Friday night dinner(so yummy by the way!) and celebrating Australia Day with friends Saturday and Sunday!

  28. Lisa 01.28.2013

    My hightlight was seeing Papa Roach in concert Friday night!! Awesome show!

  29. Laura S 01.28.2013

    Thanks for sharing all the juice links last week. Made a huge batch of the Crimson Citrus Cleanser this morning. (I feel the same way about celery in my juice so I cut it down significantly.) It was delish! High five to the sister in law on that one! =)

  30. Kari 01.28.2013

    We began our love affair with Hickory Park in Ames, IA over 10 years ago when our son attended ISU and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. It was a rite of passage for all students (and as many friends as could fit in the car) to be taken to HP by their parents anytime they visited. Especially at Freshman Orientation. But the waiting to have your number called to be seated was nothing compared to the goodness being served inside. Our oldest two have long graduated but whenever we’re down in that neck of the woods (our daughter resides in Perry, IA) we always try and stop at Hickory Park!!

  31. Yay… a new smoothie recipe!I drink your green smoothie at least twice a week. And you can go head and tell Scratch to come on over to Denver. M’kay? Thanks!

  32. Julia 01.28.2013

    I am loving smoothies lately and yours looks delicious! I love the banana-berry combo. Have a great Monday!

  33. Emiles 01.28.2013

    UNI grad and now a CF resident…you MUST try the salted caramel cupcake at Scratch. I. die. It used to be seasonal but is now available on Thursdays. Also, while I’m not a big chocolate person…all their chocolate cupcakes have mini-chocolate chips in them. I’m nearly delirious over them.

  34. Omg a monster cupcake! I’m not even a cupcake person (more of a cookie monster) but that looks absolutely delicious!

  35. Alison 01.28.2013

    Those cupcakes look delicious!! I will have to try one next time we are in DSM! Where is Scratch located?

  36. Tracy 01.28.2013

    I feel the same way about celery in my juice…it overwhelms! I do love ginger though!

  37. Stacy 01.28.2013

    Awe, shucks maybe Hickory Park another day, man I love that place! Nice recipes for KCCI this week!

  38. Jill 01.28.2013

    I live in Cedar Falls and I adore Scratch. I am so glad the business is a success! Her cupcakes are amazing. It is hard to resist when I am running or running errands.

  39. Kacie L 01.28.2013

    I went to Whole Food for the first time on Saturday. I wanted to see if they had a non dairy cheese that I wanted to try. I am now totally in love. If I could just figure out how to get ice cream back to Carroll without it melting it would be even better. They had so many non diary options, I was in heaven.

  40. thatShortChick 01.28.2013

    I love The Pioneer Woman’s show too! Actually I love the entire Saturday morning lineup on foodnetwork. I’m currently reading her book, ‘Black Heels to Tractor Wheels’ and it’s so good so far. her & the Marlboro man have a great love story.

  41. What a fun weekend. My fiance and I do a similar thing when we have a free weekend (becoming rarer these days)
    xo Emily

  42. Katherine 01.28.2013

    Oh yummy smoothie!!! And yummy cupcakes! Well, really all the food looks great in this post! I recently started following your blog and I can’t wait to start making more yummy recipes!

  43. Allison 01.30.2013

    I’m not sure if the previous and next arrows between blog entries are new, or if I just haven’t noticed them before. Thank you for adding those! They make it a lot easier to catch up on your blogs, since I don’t usually visit every day.

  44. Tommy 01.30.2013

    We love Scratch!

    Missy’s sis actually works at Scratch and has generously been bringing us home more than our share of goodies to feast on. I’m usually not a cupcake guy, but you nailed it describing what makes them so good: best buttercream frosting ever. Sweet but not heavy. The Sully is next on my list to try…but right now I’m hooked on the Samoa!

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