Part of the reason that I started this blog, other than wanting to get back to writing, was to share some of the frugal ideas that I’ve come across in decorating, fashion, and life in general over the past…AHEM almost 50 years on the planet. I can’t believe I just told you my age!

Since you know how old I am, you should probably know that I often feel my age and it’s not easy trying to keep up with my preschooler. I’ve discovered that if I eat better, I feel better and not just feel better, but have more energy than I did when I was younger. That’s really not easy since I LOVE TO BAKE. Seriously…love to bake! I hope to share some of my recipes in the future.

One of my go-to ways of eating better is smoothies for breakfast. I don’t want to have to think about what to eat. If I have too many choices, I usually will make bad choices. I drink smoothies most weekday mornings. On the weekend, I tend to relax my eating habits but that’s something I’m working on.

So what do I put in my smoothies? A little bit of this and a little bit of that. What’s really important about smoothies is to make sure that you put more vegetables in it than fruit.

This is what typically goes into my morning meal.

That’s a lot of stuff, isn’t it? I included the recipe below. The proportions are estimates, since I never measure what I put in. 

Morning Protein Smoothie
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. Handful spinach (or kale or Swiss chard)
  2. 1/4 cup cut up zucchini (or cucumbers)
  3. Almond milk
  4. 1/2 banana
  5. 1/4-1/2 cup your choice of fruit. I usually chose raspberries
  6. 1-2 tsp either ground flaxseed or chia seeds
  7. 1/4 cup yogurt
  8. 1/4-1/2 scoop protein powder (optional)
  9. 1-2 tsp maca root powder (optional)
  10. 1-2 tsp collagen powder (optional)
  1. Place spinach and zucchini in blender with just enough milk to liquify mixture. Blend. Add the remainder of ingredients and blend until thoroughly blended and no chunks of food remain. I use a rocket blender so I have one less container to wash.
  1. This recipe is very changeable. If you add pineapple, you may want to add vanilla protein powder. If you chose strawberries or raspberries, then you may prefer chocolate powder. Some other fruits, you may chose to omit protein powder all together and instead add a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter or use Greek yogurt for added protein.
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This smoothie keeps me full all morning and sometimes well into the afternoon. On days that I have this, I rarely have an afternoon slump. Oh, and did I mention that it taste good?