Banana Chai Protein Smoothie

For those of you who have given up coffee and are looking for a good coffee substitute or just a healthy breakfast idea, I would highly recommend the Banana Chai Protein Smoothie from ohmyveggies.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and was absolutely smitten!!! See recipe below….

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Banana Chai Breakfast Smoothie Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. brewed black tea or chai tea, cooled
  • 1/2 c. vanilla almond milk (or any other kind of milk)
  • 1/4 c. greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. ground ginger (optional)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. cardamom (optional)
  • very small dash of cloves (optional)
  • 1 medium banana, frozen overnight
  • honey or agave nectar to taste (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Combine tea, milk, oats, cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom, and cloves in a resealable bowl. Stir together and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning, add banana and oat mixture to food processor or blender and process until smooth and well-combined. Add additional ginger and cardamom and sweetener if desired. (I’ve found that the amount of spice I add depends on the size of the banana that I’m using–start out with a smaller amount and add more if you need to.)Viola!!

Notes:
Making the oat mixture ahead of time and refrigerating it overnight softens the oats and gives the shake a smoother texture. If you’re feeling impatient (or don’t mind lots of little bits of oatmeal in your shake), you can make this without that step–put the oats in the food processor or blender first, process until it becomes a fine powder, and then add the rest of the ingredients.

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Looking ahead at 2013

The weekend is finally here and I am sooooo looking forward to being low-key. Oscar and I had such a great time with our family and friends during the Christmas and New Year holiday but I think we are both in need of some rest and relaxation.

Speaking of New Year’s, this whole week I have NOT been able to stop thinking about my plans for 2013 which has got me feeling very anxious and excited. Looking ahead so far, I see a year filled with lots of fun events and celebrations with my family and friends that I am looking forward to such as……

January:

Seeing my best friend Kristy at her baby shower in Atlanta
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Kiki’s & Chris’ Baby Shower (also in Atlanta)
Kiki

February:

Stephanie & Alan’s Wedding

Steph and Alan

March:

Tough Mudder with Danny and Aja….yikes!!!

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May:

Visiting my best friend Melanie in Cali 🙂

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August:
The Loggerhead Triathlon in Juno Beach

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December:
Christina’s & Johnnie’s Wedding!!
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And…..

Melissa and Anthony’s wedding!!

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As for any New Year’s resolutions, I try to make changes and I list goals for myself when I need to and therefore don’t feel like it’s necessary to wait around until the New Year. And that’s what I am going to continue to do.  

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2013!!

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