Tropical Protein Smoothie

I haven’t been doing a great job of getting a lot of protein in lately. My diet has been more carbs + veggies than protein. I decided to switch up my breakfast (which had been toast and fruit) for protein shakes and in an effort to expand my horizons beyond peanut butter and bananas… I’ve been trying some new combinations.

Lately, that’s been tropical.

photo (1)

Frozen mango is one of my favorite snacks, so I almost always have a bag of frozen chunks in the freezer. I’ve tried dried mango, since it’s a little more portable, but in my opinion it’s not nearly as delicious as the frozen kind. That was my inspiration for going tropical.

tropical protein smoothie.jpg

Tropical Mango Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk (or coconut milk)
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Designer Whey)
  • 1 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbsp walnut pieces (optional)

Blend it up and give it a taste! I didn’t use any sweetener in mine, but depending on the protein powder you use you may need some. Make sure you pick a good protein powder!

Not a bad way to start the day off, right? After a busy day at work, I got to meet up with my friend Eric, who was in town from Texas. We grabbed dinner at The Savory Grain – pear salad for him, kale salad for me. Naturally, we had to celebrate with a little bubbly as well.

eric savory grain.jpg

I swear we’re not drinking in the middle of the street, it’s just the awkward patio angle. I hadn’t seen him for a month or so, and we had a great time getting caught up on life, wedding plans (me), business ideas (him), and all the little things we had missed! It’s sad when good friends live far away, but it makes catching up feel so special!

What are you having for breakfast?

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

easy broccoli cheddar soup.jpg

I tried Broccoli Cheddar Soup for the first time just a few years ago. Partly due to my unwillingness to try anything new when I was younger, and partly due to my aversion of "creamy" soups when I was older. Needless to say, I wish I had tried it … [Continue reading]

Shedding for the Wedding: Workouts Lately

at home HIIT workout

Pre-engagement, I had grand ideas of really kicking my butt into shape in those months before I got married. It seems like a really good motivator, right? Totally. Until you factor in the whole "I-don't-have-any-time" thing. Between work, moving, … [Continue reading]

5 Easy Peanut Butter Recipes

5 easy peanut butter recipes

I'll be honest with you. Peanut butter and I have gotten pretty serious over the past few years. Sure, we had our ups and downs. I used to think that regular peanut butter had too many calories and too much fat. And then when I finally came around … [Continue reading]

Thankful Monday

bridal shower.jpg

I've got a giant pile of laundry to do, my suitcase isn't unpacked, and I'm writing this out very late on Sunday evening after what has been quite a day... and I am so happy. This weekend was nothing short of amazing and I'm continually reminded of … [Continue reading]

Five Things Friday

FitMark Bag.jpg

There are just so many little things that are making me happy today! 1. I'm headed back to Ohio today (like basically right now) and I'm so excited. I'm having a wedding shower on Saturday which honestly makes me feel a liiiiittle bit spoiled. (In a … [Continue reading]

Warm Quinoa Salad

warm quinoa salad.jpg

I have to admit that lately my diet hasn't exactly been full of vegetables. I think most of what I ate last Saturday was either a mimosa ingredient or bar food and unless we're counting salsa as a vegetables, I wasn't exactly eating … [Continue reading]

A Time to Relax


I had an entirely different post planned for today but on my drive home from Alex's last night, I started thinking about relaxing, recharging, and rest. This weekend was amazing, not because of anything out of the ordinary but because it felt like a … [Continue reading]

Toasted Gruyere Sandwiches

toasted Gruyere sandwich.jpg

Most of the time when I pick out my groceries, I have a vague idea of what I'm going to do with them. And then by the time Thursday rolls around, I've forgotten what those ideas were and I have a handful of things that are about to go bad if I don't … [Continue reading]

Chocolate Avocado Pudding & a HUGE Giveaway!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding.jpg

I'm currently in that spot where I've got more kitchen appliances than counter space but that's a pretty good problem to have, right?  I just added a new one to the line up and I love it. Hamilton Beach let me pick out one of their appliances to … [Continue reading]