Apple Pie Green Smoothie

I’m baaaaaack!!! I feel terrible when I leave my blog unattended for several days, but I’ve got a good reason. I finished my 200 hour yoga teacher training! Ahhh… that feels good to say.

IMG_7006I’ll do a full recap as soon as my brain starts working properly. Right now I’m sleep deprived, physically exhausted, and I’m coming down from an emotional roller coaster I’ve been riding for the last 5 days. Give me a minute before I start re-living it.

So how about another smoothie recipe?

DSC_9457As you can see, I’ve got a pattern going here. Banana Bread, Apple Pie…I’m obviously craving dessert! But when am I not craving dessert? That’s the real question.

DSC_9482I made this smoothie almost every morning before teacher training. I would usually eat around 7:30 or 8 a.m., and then we wouldn’t break for lunch until 1 or 1:30 p.m. Thankfully, the addition of the oats kept me full for hours!

DSC_9459Cast of Characters:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large handful of greens
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ½ sweet apple (Fuji, Gala, etc.) or ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. Once everything is blended, turn that thing on high! The oats and raw apple need to be blended into oblivion for a smooth texture.

DSC_9471If needed, add a few ice cubes to cool it down.

Notes: I have used raw apple and unsweetened apple sauce in this recipe and both have turned out great. I usually don’t have sweet apples laying around (I’m more of a tart apple kind of girl), BUT I do always keep individual servings of apple sauce in the pantry for baking. The apple sauce was a perfect addition to this smoothie. Also, If you don’t have a high speed blender (Vitamix, Blendtec, etc.), the apple sauce will give you a much smoother texture.

Happy Blending, Y’all!


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Banana Bread Smoothie

If there is one thing I like about cold weather, it’s that it forces me to stay inside and work on things I’ve been putting off: cleaning bathrooms (I avoid this chore like the plague), organizing my closet, installing baseboards, you get it…

The Carnivore and I have had a productive couple of days. We have baseboards! Probably the least expensive thing we’ve done, but man – they have a BIG impact.

IMG_6490We also removed 1982 from above the island…

IMG_6337…and added this rail lighting to give me light EVERYWHERE! When we first installed this fixture, I only had 60w bulbs in the house. You should have seen it – a plane could’ve landed in our kitchen.IMG_6344In other news, the cold weather also has me in a dilemma.

Green smoothies are my favorite way to fuel in the morning and if I don’t get one in my system first thing, my day is turned on its head. Problem is, it’s 20 degrees outside. So I sit underneath my blanket in front of a space heater and sip my green drink. This is a problem.

The cold temperatures have me craving warming spices, so I’ve been playing with a series of cold weather approved cold drinks. Does that make any sense at all?

This banana bread smoothie gives me the nutrients I need to get goin’, and the comforting spices to take me away from the space heater. I’m not giving up the blanket just yet.

FullSizeRender(2)Banana Bread Smoothie

  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I’m currently using Spiru-Tein)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp. walnuts

Now when I make this smoothie, I load it up with greens. It’s not going to look much like banana bread with the added greens, but it’s still delicious! Close your eyes if you need to, or in my husband’s case… use a solid colored cup with a lid.

Add your spinach, protein powder, spices and vanilla to a blender. Blend until smooth. Then add your frozen banana. By using a frozen banana, you shouldn’t need ice (or not much!). Ice will water your smoothie down slightly. Blend until smooth. Finally, add in your walnuts. I don’t blend them for long, I like a little crunch in my smoothie. 😉

FullSizeRender(3)And there you have it… banana bread in a cup. Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Banana Bliss Smoothie

I realized today I haven’t shared a green smoothie recipe in weeks! Shame on me.

I go through breakfast phases. I’ll crave green smoothies for 2 months straight and then I’ll wake up one morning and just want eggs. I’ll eat eggs for a month, and then move on to the next thing. I really try to listen to my body when it comes to food and workouts. More on the workout front later… it’s been really bizarre lately.

Right now I’m on a serious oatmeal kick. Can’t get enough of it! Because I TRY to drink a green smoothie everyday, my morning green smoothies have been moved to an afternoon snack. I’ve made this smoothie several times over the last couple of weeks. It’s filling and tastes like dessert, just what I want at 3:00 in the afternoon.


Peanut Butter Banana Bliss (PRINT ME!Because seriously, it’s pure bliss.

  • 1 LARGE handful greens (I did spinach/kale mix)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp. PB2
  • 1/2 banana

Blend until smooth. Add ice/water to reach desired consistency.

Pictured on my new counter-tops. 🙂 The update has been serious work, but I’m loving the results!

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