Chocolate PB Protein Smoothie

You know those mornings when you’re trying to get to the bottom of what your kid wants because they don’t seem to understand that it is unreasonable to throw a temper-tantrum at an hour in which you haven’t yet had enough caffeine to think properly? Then all the sudden it clicks and you’re like “oh I see - you’re STARVING and none of your usual breakfast items will work because you want dessert for breakfast…of course. I can’t believe it took my sleep-deprived brain so long to figure that out…” Well - this is my solution for that. And if I’m the only one who deals with those wacko AM scenarios then fine - I acknowledge my kids have questionable tastes. Anyway, here’s a smoothie good enough to qualify as dessert and still packed with nutrients, fat and protein to keep a tummy full and happy.


1/2 banana, frozen

1 cup chocolate almond milk (could also use regular - this just amps up the chocolate flavor)

1-2 Tbsp peanut butter

1/2 - 1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup rolled oats

1 Tbsp chia seeds

Big handful spinach

1 scoop vanilla protein powder or collagen peptides

2-3 ice cubes

Directions: Place all ingredients in high-power blender and blend until smooth. Add more almond milk (or water) as needed. (Hint: I like to blend up my spinach and oats in the almond milk first then add everything else - I think it’s the best way to ensure a smooth texture.)

Banana - rich in fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients such as potassium and magnesium

Peanut Butter - good source of protein and fat to fuel the brain and body

Rolled Oats - excellent source of carbs and fiber to support heart health, provide nutrients, increase satiety and support healthy blood sugar regulation

Chia Seeds - nutrient-dense with fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids along with an extensive profile of other vitamins and minerals

Spinach - leafy greens to support brain health and overall healthy body function; good source of iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C to support immunity

Protein/Collagen - added protein supports muscle development and tissue function as well as keeps you full for longer

PB&J Breakfast Sandwich


Listen here…don’t knock it ‘til you try it. Protein, fat, and complex carbs all in one place - a delicious breakfast sandwich that will fuel you for whatever your day holds - work, chasing kids, school, etc. Just give it a shot.


1 English Muffin (currently into Ezekial Sprouted Grain)

Peanut Butter (look for just peanuts and salt)

Strawberry Jam (look for low sugar option)

1 scrambled egg


Crack and scramble 1 egg. Meanwhile, lightly toast English muffin and spread with peanut butter and strawberry jam. Add scrambled egg and enjoy.