The BEST Mocha Protein Smoothie

Hi Everyone!

We all hear about the many different kinds of protein powders and add-ins out there- whey, hemp, pea, and soy to name a few. But, rather than adding an unknown powder full of ingredients you’ve never used to your smoothie, why not just use what you have? Not only is this recipe much better for you than using an artificially flavored protein powder, but it’s definitely less expensive. 

I share a lot of healthy breakfast recipes that are easy to make in the morning before school or work, because I think that starting the day with a good dose of nutrients really makes a difference. The great thing about this smoothie (though all smoothies are great as a morning energy boost) is how light it is. If you’re hungry in the morning, it’s easy to drink this smoothie with another breakfast item on the side, like oatmeal or toast with peanut butter and banana. Or, if you tend to not be so hungry early in the morning, like I am, this smoothie is a delicious way to wake you up with some protein, carbs, healthy fats, and a little caffeine to get you going.

For the coffee, you can use cooled, brewed coffee or make your own cold brew. I bought a mini french press for making individual cups of coffee that works great for cold brew- they are very easy to use! Many brands, such as Califia Farms, also sell unsweetened cold brew coffee at most grocery stores.

As far as the collagen in this recipe goes, you are totally free to leave it out or add it in for extra protein. On its own, this smoothie is full of protein and other nutrients, but the collagen adds an extra boost. I’ll explain the benefits of collagen further with a later post!

Typically, I pour this smoothie over ice because it does have a thinner consistency, similar to a latte drink rather than a thick smoothie. However, it’s plenty cold enough to drink without!

So, enjoy this mocha protein smoothie on those early summer mornings, and be sure to share some with a friend! Thanks for following along, love you all 💗


The BEST Mocha Protein Smoothie (serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup cold brew coffee
  • 1/4 cup oat milk or other milk of your choice
  • 1 tbs. peanut butter or other nut butter 
  •  1-2 scoops collagen peptides
  • 1 tbs. cocoa powder

Steps:

Blend all ingredients and enjoy over ice or by itself!

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My Take on Elimination Diets + What Your Body Really Needs

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m writing about a topic I’ve been really excited to share with you all for awhile- my thoughts on all the crazy elimination diets and how to listen to your internal cues. Usually, I like posting recipes, but as I’ve started to become influenced by other bloggers and people involved in this community, I’ve formed my own opinions based off of my own experiences and what has worked best for me! So, I’m going to start posting some more of these article-style posts, which will hopefully clarify some of the buzzwords in the health world and give you all some insight as to how it influences my opinions.

On platforms such as Instagram, many elimination or detox diets have become popular amongst bloggers and the food industry alike. As a promotional, attention-grabbing tool, many people advertise cleanse diets, most of which are short term diets lasting a couple weeks or less. These diets, such as juice cleanses or “tea detoxes,” fasting, and extreme elimination diets are portrayed as a solution or remedy for losing weight and becoming healthier. Using catch phrases and persuasive claims, many companies will attempt to sell you a cleanse, such as popular ones that involve drinking only protein shakes. Similarly, some bloggers or influencers will tell you that a celery juice cleanse, for example, is necessary after holiday eating.

From the messages and inspiration I’ve gathered in this space, I believe that these types of restrictive diets are unhealthy, not only for your body but for your mental relationship with food. In order to truly be healthy, you must be strong enough to fuel yourself with a variety of nutritious foods, rather than deprive your body of what it needs so you can achieve a particular weight or look. Essentially, many of these diets involve nearly starving yourself so you can “cleanse” your body.

Real, healthy food, in my opinion, meaning locally sourced foods that are rich in nutrients and made with just a few wholesome ingredients, are the best way to cleanse your body. In fact, rather than cleansing, I would think of it as resetting your body. When you feel sick, eat the foods that make you feel better. That’s all.

Food is something that’s supposed to be fun, and occasionally it’s important to enjoy unhealthy food here and there with friends. But, if you eat too many heavy foods one day and wake up feeling sick the next, don’t starve yourself. Instead, eat the hearty foods that make you feel strong and energized. For me, smoothie bowls or oatmeal always do the trick. Rather than an artificially flavored protein shake, I believe that whole foods will fuel and repair your body much better.

As far as elimination diets such as gluten free and dairy free diets go specifically, I think each person individually needs to make their own decisions based off of how they feel when they eat certain foods. Does whole grain pasta and bread make you feel strong and healthy? Great, eat it! Does whole milk yogurt keep you feel for hours? Add it to your smoothies! Vice versa, if a certain food or food group makes you feel sick, it’s okay to take a break from eating it for awhile. Personally speaking, I know that I’ve been taking a break from dairy because it’s hard for me to digest, while I still eat whole grains and gluten often.

So, really, my point here is to LISTEN TO YOUR OWN BODY. Don’t hop on the gluten free bandwagon because a model claims everyone needs to to be healthy, don’t “cleanse” yourself for days after indulging in some ice cream, and don’t ignore how you tend to feel after eating certain foods. Everyone is completely different, so it’s important to decide for yourself what makes you healthiest. As for me, I’ll keep blending up smoothies 😉 

Thanks loves and please share with friends and family if you like what I have to say!