Mango Berry Shake

Mango Berry Shake

Hello! I’m finally, FINALLY done with traveling until later on this summer- after 3 straight weekends of travel I am so happy to finally be able to stick around at home for a little bit. That is, until I head to Montreal in about a month, and of course my honeymoon in a few months… ahh, who am I kidding! I love traveling!

This past weekend I had the most incredible opportunity to hang out at the BlogHer Food ’13 conference in Austin, TX. I was there to speak at my very own workshop, Blog on the Run, about the different kinds of apps food bloggers can use to maintain their blog and workflow on the go. It was a thrilling (and just a little bit nervewracking) experience and I literally cannot wait until next year’s conference. I was able to meet so many amazing bloggers and network with a ton of great folks.

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Photo Credit: BlogHer

One of the funniest things to happen during my workshop was when my dad texted me during the brief point where I actually had my phone hooked up to the projector. He said something like “How’s it going with your workshop?” I was so embarrassed until everyone started laughing- it ended up being pretty cute. It was only after that I realized my “Do Not Disturb” function on my phone was not enabled… whoops!

So after 3 straight weekends of basically being on vacation, I need a little break from overindulgence. While I love treating myself when I’m away, I always come back feeling like I need to cut back and get back on track with my nutrition. Since I have a lot of exciting wedding related things coming up, including my first dress fitting (!!!) and our engagement photos, I want to make sure I’m in the best shape I can be in.

Enter my long time favorite for breakfast- the smoothie! I know, it’s not Smoothie Sunday, but I wanted to share with you a new concoction I made with fresh mangos that my future mother-in-law gave me on Sunday night. Combined with frozen berries and a little liquid of your choice, this makes for a perfectly nutritious yet sweet breakfast.

Mango Berry Shake

Check out the recipe here:

Mango Berry Shake
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 ripe mango, diced
  • ½ cup carrot juice, water, almond milk, or your preferred liquid
  • ½ cup frozen berries
  • 2 tbsp protein powder (optional)

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Mango Berry Shake

Thanks to Mommy Glo for the fresh mangos, and to all the BlogHer staff for an amazing conference!

Oh and in case you were wondering… it’s officially FOUR MONTHS TO GO until our wedding! 😀

Happy Eating 🙂
mally

Smoothie Sundays: PB&J Smoothie

PBJ Smoothie

Hi guys! I am currently in San Francisco, escaping the awful weather on the East Coast. Between Sandy and Athena, I’m starting to think there is some kind of conspiracy against our poor little section of the country. Luckily, we’ve been inches away from damage to our property not once, but twice- avoiding extensive leaking from the tar that got ripped off our roof from the heavy winds, and again this past week when a large tree branch splintered and fell due to the snow and landed 6 inches from my car.

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Smoothie Sundays: Banana Nutella Smoothie

Banana Nutella Smoothie

So it’s official, I am obsessed with my new blender. One week in and I’ve made a smoothie pretty much every day, and am constantly adding to my newly-renamed “Now That I Have a Blender!” pinboard. I love experimenting with all the different possibilities, thinking about new flavors and add-ins, and overall sipping on delicious, cold and wholesome drinks!

These past few months we’ve seen a lot of chocolate and banana themed recipes on Total Noms- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, and Banana Ice Cream, and of course most recently, Turtle Pancakes. I can’t help it. I’m on a kick. And this smoothie is just tooooooo good.

This is also my first time ever using/trying Greek yogurt. I know, what kind of foodie am I to not have tried this latest trendy ingredient? I’m not much of a yogurt person to begin with, but I used non-fat plain Greek yogurt here and it really did add a nice creaminess, plus a good boost of protein for a perfect morning treat.

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Banana Nutella Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup cooked oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp nutella
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)
  • 1 cup ice (can omit if using frozen bananas)

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Adapted from Chiquita Banana’s recipe page.

I am really starting to love these smoothies because YOU control what goes in them. These ingredients are all loaded with nutritional value (OK, maybe not the nutella… haha) but you can’t really beat a SUPER quick and easy recipe with delicious ingredients like this!

Banana Nutella Smoothie

Doesn’t this almost look like chocolate milk?! YUM!

I am currently in Austin right now for the Austin City Limits festival, but will be back this week. I am happy as a clam here though- besides the music, there is so much great food here at the festival! Austin is such a foodie heaven! Anyone who’s been, got any good recommendations?

Happy Eating 🙂
mally