Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Shaking Things Up

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When my stepfather met me for the first time, he turned to my mom and said, "For a little girl, she sure can eat a lot."  

And it's true - I love food! And back when I was younger and more spry and ran all the time - this love never appeared in the form of a muffin top, it never nestled on my hips or held on tightly to my lower abs.

But now, with a slower metabolism, less time (motivation) to work out and a sudden obsession for all thing Starbucks - things have changed.  Yet my appetite has remained exactly the same.  That is to say, voracious.

So I decided I needed to shake things up.  Literally. I needed to incorporate some healthy breakfast smoothies into my morning routine.  Which is when I ran across  

I love Mr. Breakfast - whoever he is.  He's introduced me to a variety of ways to mix up fruit, vanilla soy milk and even Peanut Butter and Jelly! 

Here are a few of my favorites breakfast shakes, courtesy of the new guy in my life:

Banana Almond Crush

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup plain organic yogurt
  • 1 tblspn raw honey
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 1 dash nutmeg
In a blender, first grind almonds to fine powder. Add remaining ingredients and continue blending.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 ripe banana (frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons jelly or preserves (any flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup of ice
Place all of the ingredients in a blender; blend for 3 minutes or until smooth. Serve cold.


Blueberry Smoothie

  • 2 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 1/4 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup frozen yogurt -- vanilla
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions are real easy. Just throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth. Serve right away.


  1. I'm bookmarking this! Especially interested in the blueberry smoothie, that sounds divine. RIP our metabolisms...

  2. I know, saying goodbye to eating anyway I want has been very sad indeed. I'm still full from my smoothie this morning though - so hopefully I've found the cure to my insatiable appetite (at least for breakfast :)