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Chocolate PB & J Smoothie (made with PB2)

Chocolate PB & J Smoothie (made with PB2)

With Florida’s temperatures reaching the upper 80s every day, smoothie season is in full swing.

Chocolate PB & J Smoothie (made with PB2) from Hungry Gator Gal

So much so that I’d rather drink one of my favorite sandwiches than eat it.

Chocolate PB & J Smoothie (made with PB2) from Hungry Gator Gal

I have nothing against regular peanut butter and jelly. However, I used powdered peanut butter (PB2) <— affiliate link!, which blends a bit easier than the spread. I also used unsweetened cocoa powder, frozen mixed berries and a few other healthy ingredients to make this thick, creamy summertime treat.

I topped my smoothie with roasted, salted sunflower seeds and coconut butter, but feel free to add whatever toppings your heart (or stomach) desires. Cereal, chocolate chips, almonds, peanuts, etc.

See the recipe below to learn how you can make a slurpable PB & J too.

Chocolate PB & J Smoothie

Difficulty: Easy

Total preparation time: 2 minutes

Makes one smoothie-in-a-bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used Voskos nonfat raspberry.)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons powdered peanut butter (I used  (PB2.) <— affiliate link!
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/8 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Add more milk if your blender has trouble blending the ingredients.)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • One large handful of spinach
  • One scoop Amazing Grass Green SuperFood (Optional but you get extra veggies without being able to taste them.) <— affiliate link!
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed (Optional but makes the smoothie taste “nuttier.”)
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder(Optional) <— affiliate link!
  • 1/8 cup roasted, salted sunflower seeds (Optional topping)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter (Optional topping)

Steps: 

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Pour into a HUGE cup or bowl and eat.

Question:

  1. What foods or meals do you crave in the summertime?

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Berry Cheesecake Smoothie

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie

Turns out you can have your cake and eat it too . . .

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie from Hungry Gator Gal

because you could enjoy this Berry Cheesecake Smoothie and then make some real cheesecake if you wanted to.

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie from Hungry Gator Gal

But really though. This smoothie tastes like a legit cheesecake but in slurpable form. And let’s not forget how coconut butter (affiliate link!) is just the ultimate smoothie topping.

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie from Hungry Gator Gal

If you like berries and cottage cheese, you’ll love this cold and creamy treat as temperatures continue to rise. We’re already reaching the low 90s in Florida, so I’ve been making a smoothie a day.

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie from Hungry Gator Gal

You can use any protein powder you want in this smoothie, but my go-to option lately has been Vega Sport Performance Protein, Vanilla (affiliate link!). This 100-percent plant-based protein is ridiculously addicting. I can’t wait to tell you all about it and how it helps me fuel my better in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, check out the recipe below.

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie

Makes one monster smoothie

Difficulty: Zero 

Total Preparation Time: 2 minutes 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (I used the large curd 4% milk fat variety.)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • A little less than 1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk.)
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder [I used Vega Sport Performance Protein, Vanilla (affiliate link!)].
  • 1 large handful of your favorite greens (I used a mix of spinach and kale.) 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
  • 1 scoop Amazing Grass Green SuperFood(optional) (affiliate link!)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter (affiliate link!)

Steps:

  1. Blend all ingredients together using a large blender (affiliate link!).
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with coconut butter or other toppings, if desired.

Questions:

  1. If you use protein powder, what’s your favorite brand and/or flavor?
  2. Do you make smoothies when it’s hot outside?

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Banana Creme Overnight Oats

Banana Creme Overnight Oats

You know that saying “calm before the storm?” I never believed in it . . . until this week.

Seriously though. It feels like one day I had oodles of free time. I caught up on class readings, scheduled some blog posts and even started watching a new TV series. Is anyone else an Ally McBeal fan?!? TV shows from the 90s are my jam.

Anyway, 10 pages of a research report, three exams, a project and a few blogging-related assignments came out of nowhere. Lucky for me, they’re all due this week.

Needless to say, crunch time for the fall semester has arrived, and I’m doing everything in my power to remain level-headed. I spent an hour last night prepping meals for the week so I don’t live on carrots, hummus, peanut butter, granola bars and protein powder this week.

I could live on snacky foods alone, but here’s one of my latest creations that gives me an excuse to sleep in for a few extra minutes and bring breakfast to school.

Fans of the snooze button – this one’s for you!

Banana Creme Overnight Oats

 
My friends at All-Pro Science, an all-natural supplement company, sent me Banana Creme protein powder to try earlier this month. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with new ways to incorporate the powder into my favorite meals, including this batch of overnight oats.

APS’s Banana Creme protein powder and vanilla Greek yogurt make this latest overnight oats in a jar (OOIAJ) creation extra creamy. If you’re a fan of banana creme pie, you’ll love this healthy version that tastes like dessert for breakfast.

I made my overnight oats in an almost-empty jar of White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter. After “cooking” the oats overnight, I removed the jar from the fridge and topped everything off with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and banana slices. Feel free to add your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds and/or butters before digging in.

Enjoy! 🙂

P.S. Look for a full product review of the Banana Creme protein powder, a second recipe using this powder and a special discount later this week!

Banana Creme Overnight Oats

Serves One

Difficulty: None

Total Time Involved: 5 minutes of prep work + 7-8 hours of overnight “cooking”

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • One 5-to-6 ounce container of vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + more for the morning, if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 1 scoop of All Pro Science Banana Creme protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Banana slices, if desired

Steps:

  1. Mix oats, chia seeds, yogurt, milk, cinnamon, protein powder and vanilla extract in an almost-empty nut butter jar, to-go container, or bowl.
  2. Cover and place in fridge for seven to eight hours of overnight “cooking.”
  3. Take out of the fridge in the morning and add desired toppings. Bring to school/work or eat immediately!

Questions:

  1.  Do you have any big projects or deadlines approaching for school or work?
  2. What’s your favorite TV show right now?

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Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Not sure what to do with the last of your summer zucchini?

Have no fear! I’ve got a quick muffin recipe that will put your zucchini to good use!

These chocolaty vegan muffins take only about 30 minutes to make from start to finish and pack a powerhouse combination of good-for-you ingredients.

Each muffin clocks in at about 150 calories, which makes them the the perfect choice for a healthy on-the-go breakfast, sweet afternoon treat or bedtime dessert. Nut butter is optional but highly suggested. 🙂

I was aiming for a more banana bread consistency but ended up with muffins that taste like freshly baked cake. This end result was a happy accident to say the least.

Maybe “fudgy breakfast cupcakes” would have been a more appropriate title? 

By the way, I’m officially convinced that vegan recipes make the best baked goods. Eggs, butter and other types of dairy are so overrated.

P.S. Find the recipe and nutritional information for these muffins on my Spark Recipes account.

Questions: 

  1. Have you ever made vegan baked goods? 
  2. What is your favorite muffin recipe? Links are welcome! 🙂

 

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Best Five Recipes for Banana Lovers Day

Best Five Recipes for Banana Lovers Day

Happy Banana Lovers Day!

If you’re a longtime HGG reader, you probably know about my affinity for the potassium-packed, portable food. Bananas are my favorite fruit and have appeared in 66 of Hungry Gator Gal’s 194 posts.

Talk about going b-a-n-a-n-a-s for bananas!

Anyhow, I planned to create a new banana recipe for today’s celebration. However, given my incredibly busy schedule today, I decided to highlight the top five most-popular recipes on HGG that list banana as an ingredient.

Click on the title above each picture to see the recipe.

Enjoy! 🙂

1. Chocolate Protein Pancakes (Gluten- and Grain-Free; No Added Sugars) 

2.  Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding

3. Almond Joy Protein Smoothie  

 

 

4. Healthy Cocoa Oat Breakfast Muffins

5. Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite banana recipe?
  2. What’s your favorite fruit?