So was this Monday the day your kids returned to school? Emotionally charged & draining all at the same time? Not ready for the weekend to conclude? Hard workout? Whatever it is… this smoothie has your back. I was up before my 4:30 alarm went off. Reminiscing about my oldest daughter… you see she starts her senior year today. I think the only time I was this emotional at the start of school has been when she started kindergarten, which I swear was just yesterday. But I digress… this beverage is going out to all you rockstar parents, grandparents or caregivers that love your coffee (I wish this was me). BUT this coffee packs a punch of healthy protein & who doesn’t need that?! I made this for my dad, who is a big gym buff & coffee drinker. Perfect cold beverage to restore his fatigued muscles & cool him down on this very hot, summery day. I hope you love this as much as he does!
1 cup of ice coffee brew (I used Califia)
1 banana, frozen or not
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (mocha, vanilla or chocolate works best) I used Vega Sport
Dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of dark cacao powder (I used Valrhona)
1-2 cups of ice (if using a frozen banana use 1 cup)
1 Medjool date (pitted)
Optional: Shave dark chocolate to garnish.
Add all of your ingredients to a Vitamix or high powered blender and blend on the smoothie setting. Pour into two large glasses & enjoy! You can store leftovers in a lidded jar/container for later (just shake before consuming).
My update will be short & sweet as I’m heading out of town again for a few days. I have several dishes I need to prepare beforehand. My workouts look very similar everyday with the occasional day I run. But here’s my recap:
Sunday: 23 trail miles on our bikes
Monday: 2.5 miles on the treadmill, walked 10 minutes afterwards, 65 elliptical. Tonight I’m going back with my oldest to do weights.
Have a great week!
— Knead to Cook