Double Green Shake

  • 1 frozen banana (cut into pieces)
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 6 kale leaves (be sure to remove stalk)
  • 1 cup (handful) spinach
  • 1 scoop organic plant fusion plain protein powder (I prefer the natural flavor)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp raw cashews
  • 3 dates pitted
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (any non-dairy milk works great here)

Add coconut milk to blender first, then add banana, ice cubes, dates, protein powder and remaining ingredients (trust me, this is the best order to get that creamy texture from your blender).  Once all ingredients are in the blender, let her rip.   Adjust milk to reach desired consistency.  If making this as a bowl, cut the milk in half.  Top your bowl with your favorite fruits, nut butters, granola, chia seeds, honey, maple, etc.  If using this as a smoothie bowl, omit the almond butter and use it on top as a drizzle.  Enjoy!

Have you ever tried avocados in your smoothies?  If you haven't, now is the time, it makes them sooo creamy and decadent you honestly feel like you're having a sweet treat rather than a protein smoothie!  This bad boy is seriously so good, hence why I call it a shake, it literally tastes like a milkshake!  It's loaded with anti-inflammatory ingredients and lots of protein!

I love this shake when I have an early morning or have to eat breakfast on the go, or after a workout when I simply can't decide what I'm in the mood for and don't feel like cooking.

Adjust the ingredients to suit you, would love to know any additions you made and love!


Rotisserie Chicken with Whisky BBQ Sauce

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Keeping with the theme of store-bought and entertaining, this just might be my most favorite "hack."  Follow the recipe for Whisky BBQ Sauce, set aside.  Purchase (yes, that's right, why do all the work when the grocery store makes an amazing one?!).  Remove skin from whole chicken, cut into pieces and begin to "pick" the chicken.  This is the glamorous (or not so glamorous) word for pulled chicken.  The beauty of this recipe is, you don't have to slow cook chicken for hours or wait for it to be ready in the crock pot, simply pick the chicken and follow the directions below.  You'll have insanely good pulled chicken in no time.  Top a bun with this and then add pickles and slaw, you won't be sorry!  Happy 4th and Summer food to you all!

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  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken (I prefer organic and found mine at Whole Foods)
  • 1 cup Homeade Whisky BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock, or water

Once chicken is pulled, place in a large skillet.  Turn heat to medium low and add 2 cup BBQ sauce.   Bring to a gentle simmer and place lid on top.  Allow sauce to bubble and heat the chicken.  Once done, top on your favorite gluten free buns I used Udi's because I simply can't get enough of their products!

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Hope your 4th of July was/is relaxing and that you have a little less pressure on you now to make everything!  I promise people won't notice, and you'll keep your sanity!