Some days I wake up feeling well rested, all put together and ready to take on the world.
Other days I wake up tired, frazzled and can tell it’s going to be a long day. Those days are not my favorite.
And, well, no matter how I’m feeling when I wake up, I never quite know what I’m going to find in the next room.
It’s not unusual that I walk in to the boys’ room to see this on one side.
(Yes, his hair looks like that when he wakes up. The perfect comb-over right?)
And then this on the other side.
(No explanation needed, although I do think it may be time for a haircut.)
Yes, I took these pictures on the same morning. Welcome to my life.
Some days my whole day goes as planned: meals, workouts, naps, etc. Other days I can’t seem to catch a break and I’m frantically trying to come up with meals from the freezer.
On the days where everything runs smoothly (like the comb-over) everyone LOVES the Smoothie of the Week, they cheer for spinach and drink every last drop.
Other days I’m frequently cleaning smoothie up off the kitchen floor and counting down the minutes until nap time. On these days I usually need a little protein/caffeine pick me up around 3 pm.
I’ll let you take a wild guess what kind of day today was. Ha!
And, well, since I don’t know what kind of day you might be having, I’ll give you both of my recent concoctions in case you want to try them out.
Smoothie of the Week:
Strawberry Almond Flax Smoothie
handful of fresh spinach
4-6 frozen strawberries
1 cup vanilla soymilk
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon ground flax
1 tablespoon agave
This smoothie was DELICIOUS! It was a hit and I was NOT cleaning it up off the floor (thank goodness).
Notes- You can eliminate the spinach if you want. Feel free to substitute any other nondairy milk or low fat milk in place of the soymilk. I just like how the vanilla soy gives it a sweeter vanilla flavor. I can’t give any feedback on how it tastes with cow’s milk.
And now for these next crazy creations.
Here was my first attempt to create a Coke Zero protein float.
Mama’s Pick Me Up Protein Float
1/2 cup nondairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 serving (8 ounces) sugar free vanilla pudding mix
1/2 scoop (15 grams) vanilla flavored protein powder (I used Jay Robb protein powder)
Blend all ingredients for cubes in blender until smooth.
Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
When ready to make the float, add the frozen cubes and a little bit of diet soda (Coke Zero is my soda of choice) to the blender. WARNING: Be sure to only add a little bit of soda before blending because it will expand and fizz.
Blend until smooth and then add the remaining soda.
Marvelous! 165 calories and 13 grams of protein marvelous!
(Calorie counts and protein will vary depending on specific ingredients used.)
Here’s my second (must have this right now and I don’t have any frozen cubes) attempt.
Lazy Mama’s Pick Me Up Protein Float
1 frozen banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
diet soda of choice
Yes, Coco-Cola Zero is my favorite!
Put frozen banana, protein powder and a little soda (just enough to make it blend smoothly) into blender and blend. WARNING- only put a little bit of soda at first otherwise this will happen.
I did it all wrong by putting way too much soda in at the beginning.
It was still fabulous though and I loved every sip!
I know you don’t need to see all these pictures of me, but it’s funny to see what Joaquin is up to in the background. Ha ha! That guy…..
The other day during our stroller class I found him eating a bagel with cream cheese out of a Styrofoam container someone had left on a park table. Lovely.
These two characters
are the highlight of my every day (no matter what kind of day it is).