Over the holidays I did a massive amount of baking - churning out just a tremendous amount of pastries, cookies, dutch babies (best ever), marshmallows, chocolates, chocolate marshmallows, and many, many other sweet treats. In my next life I can only hope to be reborn as a Keebler Elf as spending each and every day making cookies and treats would be the most amazing thing ever.
However, what I love to make isn't necessarily what I love to eat (thankfully).
After recovering from the carb festival that I hosted at my house for nearly a month, I have been craving smoothies and clean eating.
I kick off nearly every morning with a smoothie. Especially when my body is screaming from the rooftops that it NEEDS something clean, easily digested, and filling. If I don't eat a good breakfast, I will go bonkers around 4-5 PM and I don't always make the best choices as a result.
My strawberry smoothie with banana and cocoa nibs is my absolute favorite and is our quick go-to when pressed for time. It's creamy, filling, & decadent. Additionally, it keeps me from becoming a carb blackhole by 5 pm.
The frozen banana is the key to a creamy smoothie - it's the one ingredient I will never skip. I buy tons of bananas and will immediately peel them, break them in half and put them into freezer bags. Rarely will I just eat a banana, though I did get detained by customs in Switzerland for smuggling 8 bananas into the country. I really had no excuse - I can only assume I was very concerned by a potential banana shortage in Zurich. They were confiscated and I have to say I didn't have a great smoothie my entire time there. So ... take that for what it's worth.
Want recipes for any of the sweet treats posted above? Let me know, I will happily share them with you!