Banana Yam Smoothie

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2016/08/27 by nikkiledford

Banana Yam Smoothie

Can you feel it? I can.

Even in a place like San Diego, there’s a distinct transition from summer to fall. it’s in the air. There’s a little fog some mornings. It cools down faster at night. That unshakeable back-to-school feeling even though it’s been a good 10 years since I’ve gone “back-to-school”. Well, that’s not true. Culinary school was 5 years ago but does that qualify? I don’t remember cruising through Office Depot to stock up on post-its, erasers, and a protractor (sidebar: Protractor? When has that tool ever been useful in my adult life? Um, NEVER. Come on public education, get your act together.)

Anyways… fall time. Autumn. It’s headed our way and what easier way to bridge the gap between the seasons than using harvest flavors in an ice-cold smoothie?

This smoothie is a nutrient and calorie dense meal replacement. Excellent for athletes and breastfeeding mama’s alike. A great combination of protein and carbs, this smoothie will fuel any physically demanding activity, back-to-school related or otherwise. No protractor needed.

Banana Yam Smoothie

Banana Yam Smoothie

1 c. almond milk
1 small handful of ice
1 frozen banana
1 medium roasted yam, soft and peeled
2 Tbsp. nut butter
2 scoops collagen peptides
1 scoop protein powder
2 shakes of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice blend
pinch of sea salt
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Blend until smooth and garnish with spice!

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INGREDIENTS // one of my favorite activities is going out for coffee. For me, the sights, sounds, and smells of a coffee shop signal rest and I enter into a state of slowing down, more observing and less doing. Lately, I haven't been out to coffee too often because 1. It's expensive and 2. I don't tolerate dairy and I'm not much of a black coffee drinker so at most shops I'm limited to their dairy-free options. While it's nice to have nut milks available, I have discovered that all the other ingredients in these alternative drinks do NOT do my body any good. 
A solution to would be to bring my own homemade milk, but I don't always have some ready or I forget to put a bit in a small container (which then gives me the fun task of toting around a dirty jar in my car all day). These smaller bottles of almond milk are perfect for adding to my coffee when I'm out as most dairy-free milks come in huge cartons and are inconvenient for a coffee outing.  @popandbottle only uses basic, real food ingredients for their almond milk. They even sweeten it with a bit of date! 
I like to think that I always have a choice about what I put in my body. Sometimes I'll have to settle for black coffee, but if I plan a bit, I can still enjoy my coffee outings without ultimately compromising on what is best for me in the long run. SNACKS // kept it really simple today during meal prep. This is a tasty bowl of yams, banana, almond butter, and coconut flakes. FAST FOOD// Roasted all these veggies last night for a tasty quick lunch. Added a new find from Whole Foods. @goodlovinfoods lemon garlic dip. If you like bitchen sauce, you'll like this (!! bonus, they don't use any soy ingredients either !!) ROUTINE// Who else is meal prepping today? It's a small step that has big impact on your health... body and mind. One less stress to consider in a week full of choices and obstacles. #paleomealprep #sandiegoprivatechef #sandiegopaleo

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