At the end of last summer, I had finally taken the plunge and put myself through the hell (it wasn't that bad actually) that was Dr. Junger's Clean program. Once on it, I felt like I'd found the Keys to the Weightloss Kingdom! You can read my stunning revelations Here should you so choose. In fact I think I need to go back and read the damned thing because baby I am off the wagon. Ten pounds up, feeling tired, fat and all around dull (hair, complexion, mood) I'm probably just full of all sorts of crap again. Some of the more recent takeaways that I've held on to have been to stay off gluten as much as I can with the odd exception like Tofurkey because I'm sorry, it's my fave and I'm just not that disciplined. You do remember me saying "new chapter, same damed book" recently don't you?
Anyhoo - I've gone back to things like cheese, eggs, potato chips, don't judge, I feel horrible enough as it is. TEN POUNDS! Bitch please, I need to get back on the wagon.
Alas I did not come here to whine, okay maybe a little bit. But what I actually came here to do was share with you my new favorite smoothie. It's one I actually invented myself. I can bet you a million dollars that someone else out there has already come up with this freaking fantastic morning glory smoothie, but I promise you that I didn't get this from them, it came out of a morning crisis I was having when I knew I really needed to get back onto the damned smoothies but the real me wanted my effing Resse's alright?!? Oh yeah, btw I have raging PMS as I write this, can you tell? Hello run-on sentence.
I chose to take a middle ground here okay? I wanted to be as healthy as I could, but I just didn't want to be healthy at all so I went to the shop around the corner and I picked up my favorite brand of Almond Milk - Silk. I love them because they are free of everything. In fact they are so free of stuff I don't even know what's in them and they are so so free of stuff that it should be illegal to even charge for them, but that's a rant for another day.
Silk has no carrageenan, no gluten, no soy, no dairy - you see where I'm going with this? Excellent. I picked up their dark chocolate almond milk.
If you've not tried this, I highly recommend it, it's so good.
And this became the base for my one and only, soon to be world famous:
Shan's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie!
Are you squealing with delight yet? I know I am.
So what's in it?
1 1/2 cup of choc almond milk
heaping tablespoon of peanut butter (the healthy kind, but crunchy)
1-2 medjool dates (depending on how sweet you like it)
1/2 to a whole frozen banana
and an optional 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries.
Put all of this in your blender and blend until smooth.
Pour and guzzle.
Don't even ask me how many calories are in this. And don't bloody tell me if you know because I certainly don't want to know. I just want to enjoy it in peace and denial.
NOTE: I add blue berries to almost every smoothie just because I love them so darned much! But they will alter the taste of this rocking PBC smoothie, so maybe leave em out the first time.
Of course I should have left them out when I took the photo of this beverage, but I couldn't resist them, so you'll see the smoothie looks more purple than brown. Whateve's.
Also I choose crunchy over smooth PB even though it gets blended smooth because to me, those crunchy bits in there give an added peanut flavor. Is it all in my head? Could be, but so is everything else so...
When you're in a mood and all you want is the bad stuff, even for breakfast (that's a junkie talking, I'm just sayin') give this bad boy a go. I promise, you'll thank me.