Low-Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

shake-2Every school morning I wake my daughter up at 6:20 am. And every morning she holds up an open palm begging for five more minutes of sleep. I tell her I’ll be back in five minutes after making my coffee and she whispers, “s m o o t h i e...” This is our morning ritual. I don’t make the smoothie every single morning because I love to make breakfast and this girl of mine will eat almost anything- eggs with fresh basil and sausage, breakfast tacos, a BLT, Brioche french toast, waffle bowls, pasta or leftovers from dinner the night before – pretty much anything – except fruit, yogurt and cereal. Who doesn’t like fruit? Delicious sweet berries, cool watermelon, crisp apples, tangy tangerines, tart cherries, citrusy pineapple, mango and oranges – the flavors and sweetness are endless for mixing into smoothies and making fruit parfaits and Acai bowls BUT not for my girl.

Fueling up this girl's body is no easy task. I love having this smoothie as a healthy protein source.

Fueling up this girl’s body is no easy task. I love making this smoothie as a healthy source of protein and nutrients.

So when I discovered this smoothie and adapted it a bit for her palate, I held my breath when her lips met the straw for the first time. Shockingly, she gave me the thumbs up and it has been a morning or pre-training staple ever since. I love this smoothie because it’s easy to make and a very nutritious alternative. The chia seeds add additional protein and minerals that have deemed it a popular superfood. “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for STRENGTH. The protein powder adds to the rich flavor while providing the necessary building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. And this smoothie is filling which won’t leave your stomach grumbling 40 minutes later. I do add a touch of whipped cream and drizzle a bit of dark chocolate over the top but just enough to make it look extra appealing and special.

Whipping up this smoothie takes a few minutes and the loud, annoying blender sound is the wake-up call for everyone else in the house (no use going up and down the stairs three times!)

A little whipped cream...a little chocolate drizzle...

A little whipped cream…a little chocolate drizzle…

Ingredients:
2 cups crushed ice cubes
1 cup chocolate almond milk
1 scoop chocolate or peanut butter protein powder (I love ChocoRite brand which is sugar free, and gluten free with 24 grams of protein. I purchase it at my local Albertson’s but there are 12 flavors that can be purchased directly online)
2 Tb organic peanut butter or almond butter
1 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tb chia seeds (see the benefits here of this tiny superfood)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Optional additions: whipped cream, chocolate syrup, mint leaf

Directions:
Place all ingredients except the whipped cream, chocolate syrup and mint leaf in the blender. Blend for about a minute or until smooth. Spoon into an 8 ounce glass and, if you choose, top with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup and a mint leaf.

Smoothie super fuel

Smoothie super fuel

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Ingredients
1 package of low carb tortillas (I used La Banderita Carb Counter)
1- 32 ounce carton of  liquid egg whites
1-20 ounce bag Crystal Farms Simply Potatoes (diced with onions)
1 bag Jimmy Dean Turkey Crumbles
Shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese
1 avocado, diced
Jalapeno slices
Fresh Pico De Gallo (recipe below)

Directions
Cook the potatoes following package instructions.

In another large skillet sauté the turkey crumbles in two tablespoons of oil. When the turkey sausage is done, add the carton of egg whites to the same pan with the sausage. Cook the egg whites and sausage until cooked through.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take four tortillas and gently place them in your Norpro Nonstick Tortilla Bowl Makers. When oven is 350 degrees place your tortillas in oven and bake until crispy.

Place cooked potatoes in bottom of each tortilla shell and top with the egg white and sausage mixture. Top with shredded cheese, diced avocado, jalapeño slices and Pico De Gallo.

Pico De Gallo Ingredients
3/4 cup sweet onion, minced
1- 1/2 cups plum tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 Tb jalapeño chili, seeded and minced
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
2 Tb freshly squeezed lime juice
Salt and pepper

Directions
Mix all ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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