Coffee Protein Smoothie

Coffee is one of those things that has always been a constant in my life. My dad had me drinking coffee at age ten, and the habit has stuck with me. Sure, I go through periods where I am not drinking it, but it is comforting to know it is always there waiting for me when I return to it. Kind of like family. Okay, more like your bed. Coffee is my nice warm bed at the end of a long day.

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In coffee’s case, however, it tends to be at its best in the morning, when its drinker is half awake and attempting to remember what day of the week it is. I’m not going to lie, that scenario pretty much sums up my morning self these days. So much so that I have found myself leaning toward protein shakes first thing in the morning to break the fast, and waiting until later on when my brain is firing at its full capacity to bring out the oats, waffles, eggs, and all those fancy breakfast goods.

I imagine you can see where I’m going with this by now…


Who wants to drink a plain old protein shake when you can pour some coffee in it. And some vodka. Wait, scratch that last part, sorry. This coffee protein smoothie has all your morning bases covered. You are getting a meal and your coffee in at the same time. Efficiency at its finest, people. And for those of you who prefer slow mornings sipping a warm mug of coffee, well a cup of hot coffee is the perfect way to warm up after you drink this smoothie. Two cups is the new one cup. Actually, go pour yourself a third, I won’t tell.


Coffee Protein Smoothie

Serves 1
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Beverage, Breakfast, Snack


  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (vanilla, chocolate, or unflavored will work best)
  • 3/4 cups non-dairy milk (I recommend coconut or almond)
  • 1/2 cup coffee (brewed and chilled)
  • 2 tablespoons coffee grounds (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1 cup ice


Step 1
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend away.

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WIAW: My Oatmeal Addiction

Happy Wednesday, we all know it’s all about the food today, so let’s get to it.

I am still loving My Oatmeal. I may have reached a point of full on addiction.


I talked about the company here, and am excited to share a discount code for all you fabulous readers. Enter gina15 at checkout for 15% off your order. Enjoy! I’d love to know what you think and hear your oatmeal creations if you decide to order!

Of course, a girl can’t live off oatmeal. Well, this girl likely could, but we will disregard that fact for the time being so I can give you a look at what else I have been eating.

Like waffles.


I typically only have a chance to make waffles once a week, but you can bet that I make a big batch and enjoy those waffles to the fullest. Last week I took a break from my usual coconut flour waffles and made protein waffles.1 scoop whey, 1/2 scoop egg white protein, 1 tbsp coconut flour, 1/2 cup egg whites, 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce, 1/2 tsp baking powder. I topped these with maple syrup and protein icing (just vanilla egg white protein powder and almond milk).

And kabocha squash.

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Yes, I am still eating my squash. The addiction is still going strong. I just happen to eat it at night when mr. squash is not looking his best, so photos rarely happen. But here is a dark, burnt, photo for your viewing pleasure.

Also happening frequently are smoothies because they never, ever get old.


Still loving these coffee protein smoothies. Recipe will be up tomorrow! Sometimes I even skip the ice and banana and just shake it all up in a shaker cup to make protein iced coffee.

Dinners during the week have been a simple mix of protein, complex carbs, and veggies.


Seafood is the protein aspect of that situation. Fish of all forms have been happening in my kitchen. I stock up on seafood from my local fish guy on Fridays and then go crazy with it for the rest of the week.

Yogurt has been another almost daily occurrence.

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I pretty much always buy Siggi’s these days, I’m smitten.

And finally, coffee.


Black, sweetened, with almond milk, iced, hot…you name it, I’m drinking it.

Thank you to Jenn (and Meghan, who is so kindly taking over Peas today) for hosting us crazy foodies for What I Ate Wednesday. You can read all about the weekly link up party and show her some love here.

Have an amazing day!

Who else eats winter squash all year round?

How do you take your coffee?

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Weekend Snapshots {4/21/14}

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, whether you celebrated Easter or not. I’m a bit late but I’m popping in with some shots from the weekend.

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Hiking and yoga date with Nicole.


We came across a groupon for this and figured we’d give it a go. It certainly wasn’t the most relaxing yoga experience I’ve had but hey, it was gorgeous out and we got to catch up.


And then we continued to catch up over the prettiest salads ever.


We had brunch at Hult’s in Los Gatos, and were greeted by Alex Hult himself. Aka the former NHL player. Chairs pulled out and everything. Bay Area locals, go check this place out. I will be back for dinner very soon.


I had to catch Nicole in her blogger element, of course.


Later on I had a little juice date with Emily. Can you say perfect Saturday? This cute new little place Project Juice just opened in the area so we obviously had to check it out.


I got the #getyourgreens, because, well, #hashtags.

I made birthday doughnuts for the belated birthday girl. Maple cinnamon almond butter doughnuts to be more exact. I used Ashley’s cookbook which I highly recommend if you are looking for gluten free doughnut recipes that don’t taste like cardboard. Quite the contrary, these babies were really good. As was the icing that I may or may not have eaten multiple servings of straight from the bowl.


Saturday was also leg day. Needless to say Sunday was a rest day.


Also needless to say, my Saturday night looked a bit like this and involved school work and food and that’s about it.


The weekend wrapped up with Easter Sunday. And Greek Easter, which happened to fall on the same day this year. I joined the boy and his family at a beautiful little spot tucked away in some vineyards.


A whole lamb was cooked over open fire, and there was all the other Greek food you could imagine.


And a nice little pit stop drive through the city on the way there and back.

I’m linking up with the lovely Katie, be sure to show her some love for hosting all our marvelousness each week.

Happy Monday!

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