Are we really in the middle of August? I swear, it feels like school just got out and we’re getting into the swing of summer! Camping trips, potlucks, late nights, days at the pool. Those things may still be happening, but I’m sad to say that they are soon coming to an end, as we are now into August. Back to school, cooler nights (which are welcome by me!), and one last trip to the Tastee-Freeze.
One thing I look forward to with the change of season is getting back into my routines. Earlier bedtimes for kids and parents alike. A normal dinner routine that consists of more than just tator tots and fry sauce. And most importantly for me, I look forward to getting back to my gym schedule. Between all the summer events, getting to the gym is just kind of hit or miss for me. I know most people are the opposite and get their gym-time on during the summer while they get lazy during the holidays, but for some reason, it’s all about routine. Once my family is in a routine, I just hop right on that get-fit-bus and work gym-time into my day.
And with those awesome workouts, I get rewarded with some of my favorite healthy treats. A couple of my favorite healthy snacks are my Dark Chocolate Almond Energy Bites and Homestyle Bran Muffins, but my all-time favorite way to reward myself after a hard workout is with a nutrient-packed smoothie!
Each of my smoothies starts with the same base. Greek yogurt, oatmeal, chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, and water. And then you just get creative and start adding fruits and veggies of your liking. Today, I thought I’d bring you a peaches and cream version. And to amp it up, I threw in a huge handful of spinach for added iron and folic acid. Don’t get scared and walk away now at all this talk about spinach. Don’t you fret, little one. These smoothies taste nothing like spinach. All you can taste is the sweet peaches and an added banana. The vanilla protein powder also gives it a creamy taste, hence the Peaches & Cream.
- 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt of your choice (I use Greek)
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 large handful fresh spinach
- 1 banana , peeled and frozen
- 2 peaches , sliced and frozen
- 6 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to a blender in the order listed. This will ensure that all ingredients get combined properly.
Blend on high until smooth.
Enjoy immediately or freeze for later enjoyment if you prefer a thicker consistency.