Every morning I wake up, get ready, make breakfast, realize I’m running a little late, curse, pack my lunch, and run out the door.
See, if I were a little smarter, I would pack my lunch the night before in order to gain a few extra minutes every morning. Yeah, I’m not there yet.
This morning, I was not only late but also out of peanut butter. Gasp. No worries though. I remedied the situation by picking up my favorite Jif Naturals brand after work. But this morning, I was totally thrown. What to do. No peanut butter meant no breakfast smoothie…or did it.
I quickly remembered Laura’s post on how she sometimes throws in a little avocado into her smoothies for added creaminess. My stomach was extra grumbly this morning, so I trusted Laura and threw in 1/4 of an avocado into my blender along with one frozen banana, a handful of spinach, a cup of soy milk, a scoop of protein powder, some instant coffee, and a little bit of cocoa powder.
Now, I know this combo sounds gross, but trust me when I say, you can’t taste anything but the banana, coffee, and cocoa powder. There is really no hint of avocado or spinach. It was delicious and very mocha”y”!
I was also out of granola this morning, which would normally mean I forgo eating my Greek yogurt as an afternoon snack. However, I quickly remedied that situation by subbing in a 1/2 cup of Kashi Go Lean Honey Almond Crunch cereal instead. The result? It’s actually a great yogurt topping – light, sweet, and very crunchy. AND you get more with less…more volume (1/2 cup vs. 1/4 cup) and less calories than granola (100 vs. 130). Woo!
Now, let’s see if I can get my act together and pack my lunch now so I’m not running around like a crazy woman in the AM…wish me luck!
What’s a weird smoothie combo you can’t get enough of?
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Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. Love that combo – it’s my “go-to” but I use cinnamon more than coffee. Recently I began adding almond extract which has been awesome. 🙂
OUT OF PB??? That’s a tragedy, my friend haha! I keep meaning to try avocado in my smoothie an am now all the more inclined! Apparently adding a baked potato has a similar effect too, worth a shot?
Don’t have a weird smoothie combo, but my go-to smoothie combo is definitely a blueberry smoothie. The avocado ingredient does sound like it would add some creamier texture. I usually add a dollop of low fat/fat free ice cream.
I love Kashi Go Lean crunch…the crunchiness most def. makes it a great yogurt topping!
So I feel like avocado would be really gross in a smoothie, but then I used to think that about spinach too and I love green monster smoothies so maybe I should give avocado a chance. 😉
I use that kashi cereal like granola as well. It’s amazing and I often go through serious kashi phases with it…
I need to try avocado in my smoothie! I love spinach, coffee, chocolate and peanut butter!
nice!! way to be resourceful 🙂