Ginger Mango Beet Smoothie

Happy Tuesday everyone!
Just another quick smoothie recipe that I tried out this morning and really loved! I bought a fresh mango a few days ago and needed to use it this morning. I had also opened a can of beets last night and so decided I would combine both of those ingredients. And lucky me – a new smoothie was born!

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 ripe mango
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 can of beets
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 5 baby carrots
  • Ice cubes if desired

Blend everything together and enjoy! I first blended the carrots and ice cubes and then added the remaining ingredients – it was a cool, tasty but also very thick breakfast smoothie!


Pumpkin Smoothie

The downside of my tasty Sunday Pumpkin Pancakes is that I now have an opened can of pumpkin purée. It’s back to the workweek, so that means it’s time for smoothies again.

I looked around several cooking blogs for some smoothie inspiration, but couldn’t really find one recipe that I liked. So I decided to just go with my intuition and mix a bunch of tasty things together in the hopes that it would turn out. And it did! This smoothie may have just made its way to my top five!


  • 1 frozen banana (peel the banana before freezing!)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp unsalted creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup iced green tea

Put all ingredients in the blender (try to add the banana, liquids and purée before you add the protein powder and seeds since they tend to clump together). Blend all ingredients on high for about a minute and enjoy!

Sunday Pumpkin Pancakes

You probably read the title and thought “what? Pumpkin-flavored things in June?!” Yeah. I like to do weird stuff. If I feel like pumpkin any other time than when pumpkin-spiced lattes come out, then I just make myself something pumpkin-flavored! (Side note, I don’t think I’ve ever typed pumpkin that many times at once)

Since it’s Sunday, I had a bit more time for breakfast than usually, and I was feeling like eating something decadent since I ran a 10k yesterday and my body is not feeling the best this morning.I had come across this protein pancake recipe a while back and finally decided to share it! I slightly tweaked it and served it with fresh strawberries and applesauce, and can definitely recommend that combination if you don’t want super-sweet maple syrup (and if you do, go treat yourself!)

Yes, I know, my pancakes got a little bit burnt. But they still tasted amazing!

Ingredients for 1 (inspired by Spoon University):

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp oats
  • 1 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp stevia (or agave syrup if you prefer)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I still use PlantFusion to keep it dairy-free, but have also been experimenting with hemp protein powder lately)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut or vegetable oil for the pan

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Heat up the oil in a pan and pour the batter into the pan. This recipe made about 5 small pancakes for me and filled me up quite quickly!

Turkey Zucchini Chili!

I looked at my bank account the other day and almost fainted because I’ve been eating out a bit too much lately… Great for the glutton in me, bad for the part of me that wants to save money.

Last night I decided to make a big batch of chili for the next few weeks – I did this a lot during the winter months, but had gotten somewhat lazy lately. I have this go-to recipe that is super easy and yet so tasty (and healthy!) and I realized I hadn’t posted it here yet.

It’s super versatile and it really is something you can add whatever you want to it. Last night I added some garbanzo beans to change it up a bit, but any type of legume should taste great in this recipe!


Ingredients (for 5-6 servings):

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can any type of other beans you feel like adding (I used garbanzo)
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 roma tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne and chili powder to taste (this really depends on how spicy you like your chili)

Chop the garlic, onions, zucchini, and tomatoes. Heat up the oil in a big pot (I know my picture is a wok but I’m still assembling my cooking utensils after the move), add the garlic and onion and fry for about a minute. Add the turkey and cook until slightly brown (3-5 minutes). Then add the zucchini, cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, and spices, and fry up for 3 minutes. Finally, add all the canned ingredients and let simmer for approximately 30 minutes (depending on desired consistency).

I love to serve this recipe with quinoa or couscous, but I’ve also had it with my beer bread and it tastes amazing every time!

As usual, enjoy and let me know how you liked it!

Rushed peach smoothie

Good morning everyone!

I was in quite a rush this morning: I had set my alarm for 6 am to go to yoga, but somehow managed to not wake up until over two hours later.

So now I hadn’t just missed yoga, I was also running late for work. I just threw anything I could find into my blender and made a smoothie out of it. I think I went a little overboard on the liquids, so I scaled them back a bit in the ingredients list. I also decided to omit my usual protein powder since I missed this morning’s workout…

Anyways, before I feel even more guilty about this morning, here is my peach smoothie!

  • 1 banana
  • 1 ripe peach
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup cold green tea
  • handful fresh spinach 
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Throw all ingredients into your blender, mix for about a minute, and enjoy while you’re rushing out of the door (or sitting at the breakfast table. I’m sure it will taste even better when not in a hurry!)

Cranberry Ginger Smoothie

Good morning everyone! I just got back from a run (gotta love those morning runs!) and wanted something refreshing, energizing, and filling before I started my day.

I had bought a ton of cranberry juice and chia seeds last night and still have some ginger that needed to be used up, so I thought: why not see how the combination tastes? Since this was a post-run smoothie, I of course had to add my protein powder and also blended in some oats; to my surprise, this smoothie turned out quite well! It’s a bit on the tarter side, which I though actually didn’t mind for a morning smoothie.

Sorry again for no pictures – I’ll try my best to take some for my next recipe!



  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/8 cup grated ginger
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Add all the ingredients in a blender (I try to add the banana and liquids first, and top everything off with the protein powder to avoid clumping), blend for about a minute, and serve!

Happy Thursday – only 2 more days left before the weekend!