Monday, March 28, 2011

TIme for a Vacation

We have booked a much needed vacation and I am super excited. I started dreaming about our next vacation while we were still vacationing in Hawaii. I love to travel and go new places. I am ready to say Goodbye to winter and Hello to spring. Patrick would still like to have one more big snow storm. Apparently the blizzard wasn't enough for him. I have always loved the winter, but this one took a lot out of me. 
My dad has spent the entire winter enjoying the ocean and sun near Tulum Mexico. Due to a childhood fear of the water in Mexico, I have never been to Mexico or had any desire to go to Mexico. When my brother was in traveling All-Stars for baseball, they had a tournament in Mexico. My brother had a cut on his leg from sliding into the bases and he went swimming in the hotel pool and got blood poisoning from the water that was pumped into the pool. When he arrived at the hospital, the doctors said that if he had gotten there just a few minuets later, he would have been dead. Yep that was enough for me to never want to go there. Well, apparently times have change in Mexico, and we are going to be in a totally different area then they were. I am still uneasy about the water and not sure that I will be eating anything, but maybe there will be something positive in the water for us in Mexico. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I love a good smoothie. With the smell of spring in the air, I have been on a serious smoothie kick. One of my all time favorites is my peanut butter banana smoothie. 

1st ingredient: Banana

Slice 1 ripe banana in slices similar to the picture below. Then freeze them. I like to slice and freeze my bananas the night before, if not give them at least an hour to freeze. 

2nd ingredient: Almond Milk

8 OZ of Almond Milk. I make my smoothies with Almond milk because it is so good, and so good for you. I use either the Chocolate, for a Chocolate Banana smoothie, or the Vanilla for a hint of extra flavor. 
3rd ingredient: Peanut Butter

My recommendation is 1 TBSP of creamy peanut butter. I prefer to stay away from hydrogenated oils so I use organic peanut butter from Trader Joe's or Whole foods. 

Putting it all together:

1st add your frozen banana slices in your blender. Next add your peanut butter, and lastly pour in your almond milk. Adding in this order makes for perfect blending. This is a delicious and nutritious treat. Enjoy!