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 usefulย 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 ofย 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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One of the highlights from #blueberryparty weekend was this Almond Butter and Blueberry Bread Pudding.
Gluten free Almond buttter and Blueberry jam sandwiches, chopped up with banana, fresh blueberries, eggs, and coconut milk. Easy! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿž๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿž๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿž๐Ÿ’™ #unreal #somanynoms #glutenfreebreadpudding โ˜ฎ๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ
Peace, Love, and Kale... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me and sweet baby Atlas. I got out of the house this morning and went straight to yoga and then to get my fav smoothie from @projectjuice Let the birthday festivities begin! My little man turns ONE on Monday and we are celebrating with a blueberry picnic tomorrow. Complete with Mango Blueberry Salsa and blue corn chips. The first of many yummy Blueberry-themed noms. 
#blueberryparty #atlasjacobledford #yearoneofatlas MOTHERHOOD// I'm a little embarrassed at the lack of impressive food posts lately.
As Atlas has begun to eat more food, I find myself just munching on things while I prepare his meals, never really sitting down to my own. Breakfast is some eggs and berries. Lunch, some deli meat and @primalkitchenfoods mayo with a banana and almond butter. Dinner usually includes a quickly grilled piece of meat atop some lettuce greens and any chopped veggies and quick dressing. It's not glamorous at all, definitely not "Instagram worthy".
It's just real life right now and I'm hoping to get into a groove pretty soon and get back to  creating mealtimes instead of surviving them. I mean "surviving" in the best possible way. My kid loves to eat real healthy foods and it's so fun to explore this new part of his day. My creativity is taking a big hit though and I long for some real thoughtful meals at my dinner table with my main man.
Until then sausage/salsa/lettuce wraps will do.

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