Current Breakfast Obsession: Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Confession: I’m finicky about smoothies.  I love how green ones make me feel and they are great as a snack, but I hate having them in place of a meal.  Mostly because the idea of being hungry an hour after breakfast is so so annoying and that’s what usually happens if I drink a smoothie.  But now that it’s all hot and summery outside, a cold refreshing smoothie sounds so appealing in the morning, when it’s already 80 degrees in our AC-less house.

I already mentioned that I’ve been eating this regularly but I thought I’d add in another warm weather breakfast option and turns out it’s a smoothie.  And turns out it’s actually filling.  Plus there’s chocolate!  Say no more.

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The night before (I know, planning ahead isn’t as fun but hear me out), combine 1/4 cup oatmeal and 1/2 cup milk (I use almond) then stick it in the fridge overnight.  I just do this step in the blender because it means just pulling it out of the fridge and fitting it into the base in the morning.  Easy peasy!

Then, in the morning all you have to do is add 1 banana, a couple handfuls of spinach (you can’t taste it, I promise!), 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (or whatever nut butter you want), 1 teaspoon of mini chocolate chips and a bit more almond milk (1 cup-ish), blend and sip.  And then you can try to avoid the breakfast-in-the-car trap that I inevitably fall into every time I make a smoothie.  It’s like a free pass to run late in the morning because “oh yeah, I can just drink this in the car on the way to work and it’ll save so much time!”  Don’t be like me.  But do make this smoothie!


I hope you all have clear blue skies, sunshine and fun weekend plans.  My cousin Emily is in town for a few days and I’m hell bent on showing her what patio season is like in Denver.  And I’m thinking a trip to Little Man is definitely in the cards as well.

Happy Friday!

What I’m Loving Lately: Winter Edition

Continuing on with the “wow, there actually are things to love about winter!” theme, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things this season.  And instead of boring you with some long drawn-out intro that I can’t come up with right now, I think I’ll just jump right into it.  **Honesty is the best policy.**

Kettle Corn


I occasionally buy this brand of kettle corn — it has an awesomely short and simple ingredient list — and I love it!  For something that isn’t chock full of weird chemicals, it tastes decadently good.  My mom bought me some of these cute old-timey stripped popcorn boxes and I love filling them up with kettle corn and chowing down in front of a movie on the couch.

See by Chloe


Okay, I’m kind of mortified that I’ve been calling this “Seeby Chloe” until I just looked it up online.  And now you know that I don’t actually know anything about designer brands.  But I do know that I can’t get enough of this scent!  Past favorite have been Blue by Ralph Loren, Very Irresistable by Givenchy, Daisy by Marc Jacobs and Miss Dior.

Café au Laits


In the past, I have mostly drunk lattes or Americanos but I recently started ordering a café au lait during our weekly stop at the local coffee shop and it seems to be just the right amount of caffeine.  My body apparently does not like espresso because I feel seriously crazy when I drink it.  Coffee is much easier on my system.



Joey’s brother recently turned him onto this app and now Joey’s got me converted too.  For two people that are constantly looking up movie reviews (Flixster gives you a critic rating and a user rating) and theater times, this app is the best.  And so much more user-friendly than the movie tickets app we’d been using before.

Green Smoothies


Okay so I’ve been a pretty regular green smoothie drinker since discovering them in 2010.  Some times I drink them more than others, but I’ve been on a green smoothie kick lately and have been drinking them about every other morning — alongside a stack of pancakes or an apple/peanut butter, obv — and it never fails to make me feel like a healthy and put together person first thing in the morning.  That is, until I’m late for work or realize I forgot to pack an afternoon snack.

Sylvia Plath on Twitter


If Sylvia (we’re on a first name basis) were alive today, I don’t think she’d be on Twitter but I’m grateful to whoever is running an account in her name.  Those quotes are like a bright light of honesty and wisdom in a sea of celebrity gossip.  I saw this one last week and it spoke to me in such a deep way.  LOVE.

This song.


I should start by saying I detest country music, but for some reason I don’t find this girls voice or lyrics to be annoying.  And if you’ll notice, this was on the John Mayer Guest DJ station, so by association, I am required to love it.  When I played it for Joey he thought it was stupid.  He just doesn’t get me like John does.

What are you loving this winter?