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An easy protein smoothie recipe that tastes just like a peanut butter cup! A gluten-free and vegan protein smoothie perfect for breakfast or a post-workout snack that will fuel you up with nutrition!
…As we all fall on our faces in shock! I know! A smoothie! I blame it on the new year. It’s not like I don’t know how to make a smoothie, but y’all know it’s not always my thing. However, a new year means a new you, a fresh start (with the flavors of chocolate and peanut, mind you!). Turn the page and start writing a fresh story. Some of us like to make goals and resolution. I sometimes like to set, what I call, “wishes”, but this year, I won’t even be doing that. I did accomplish a large majority of the things I wrote out for myself. Pretty quickly nonetheless, but the year was such a roller coaster, there is no use planning for certain expectations you have. Nothing ever goes as expected.
However, that doesn’t mean give up and just sit there letting life fly by. I let that happen to me this past year and I refuse to let that happen again. After the first few weeks of 2015 there was nothing to be proud of and truthfully, I can’t recall any highlights. I don’t really want to think about the pain and sadness this past year involved and it’s hard to really reflect much in the first place. If I could, I would go back and redo many things, make different decisions, and allow myself to “get real”, but I can’t go back and still have so many unanswered questions. That floating feeling still applies right now.
I’ve learned that every day is completely new. There is no planning. The curve balls that get thrown at you and unexpected circumstances that happen; there’s no stopping them. The best thing to do is “breath” into each day. What I mean is, when you first open your eyes and you take that initial breath as you’re still lying in bed, take that deep breath and hold it. The release and completely empty your body of the past day’s events. Take that moment, remember how you felt, and repeat it throughout the day when you feel “yesterday’s” events and emotions bubbling back up.
This way you can keep yourself moving forward and not get stuck in the past. You can’t change what happened, so there is no good reason to let it affect the next day. If you do, life will literally fly by without you and each day will seem shorter and shorter. The year will fly by and you’ll find yourself in the same situation as the last year. Don’t get stuck, don’t live in the past, don’t waste your life. Life is so short and so hard, but you don’t have to stay stuck. Breath into each day and clear it out. I guess that’s my “wish” this year. To let myself breath and take in each day as a new day, nothing more, nothing less. A new year, a new day, a new you. You get 366 days this year (it’s a leap year!), so make each of those days worth it. Make them new and beautiful and don’t let them pass you by as you stay stuck in the past.
Now for a smoothie. A smoothie that will make you feel good and nourish the body so you can keep moving forward and breathing into life! Maybe the most iconic chocolate flavor combos, besides my favorite of mint chocolate, today we have peanut and chocolate! Peanutty goodness in the form of Jif’s new peanut powder that’s made from just frsh roasted peanuts! I love that Jif came out with product since many powdered peanut butters are either expensive or hard to find in an average store like Walmart. So when an iconic brand makes a fabulous nutritious product easily available to the masses, you’ve gotta smile!
Everyone can make a good-for-you fueling smoothie without the extra calories, fat, sugar, and salt. What the peanut powder doesn’t lack? Filling protein and all the good taste of traditional peanut butter! Pair it with a few simple ingredients and you can make one “decadent” snack in a flash! Perfect to start your day and allow you fuel up and breath, or a perfect post-workout snack to fill your body back up with goodness.
A combo of peanut powder protein, balanced carbs and natural sweetness from ripe banana and butternut squash, some unsweetened cocoa powder to load in the flavor, and a splash of Silk unsweetened almond milk. Layered ever so artfully in a glass and you have yourself a nutritious gluten-free and vegan, frozen, creamy “peanut butter cup”!
Peanut Butter Cup Protein Smoothie
- Blend the milk, squash, banana, and peanut powder in a blender until smooth.
- Add half the mixture to a large glass.
- Now add the cocoa powder to the blender and blend to mix.
- Pour this last chocolate half into the glass now to make the second layer.
- Drink up!
So now, are you ready to take 2016 one day at a time? Take each moment with a new breath, grounding yourself and not living a life stuck in the same patterns and part? Will you take care of your mind, body, and spirit by nourishing it in a delicious way (like with a peanut butter cup protein smoothie)? I know I’m going to try my hardest and I’d love it if you did too!
So tell me:
+ Goals, resolutions, a word for the year, intentions? What are you doing or not doing this year?
+ How do you keep yourself going what you feel stuck and like life is literally flying by without you living it?
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