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Banana Chocolate Breakfast Smoothies

We don’t normally keep chocolate milk in the house, so when I had some left over from making Monday’s chocolate souffl├ęs, I knew I had to do something special with it. Chugging it was my first thought, but since I’m on this health kick, I decided I’d throw some potassium and fiber in the mix and make myself a nice breakfast drink. I blended the chocolate milk with a banana, oatmeal and some ice, and the results were really tasty. That’s pretty much all you need to know to copy this, but if you, like me, enjoy learning about the obvious, please follow along.

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Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Most mornings, I’m so late rushing to work that I can barely remember to grab a yogurt on my way out the door. Then, every once in a while, I find a couple extra minutes (and I literally mean a couple, as in two) to treat myself to something special. Yesterday was one of those days, and as soon as I saw my opening, I called on my general knowledge of smoothie-making and threw together the Banana Breakfast Smoothie you see before you. It’s filling, deliciously banana-ey, and creamy with a touch of cinnamon. I need to hit the snooze button one less time more often.

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake
We’ve all heard of breakfast for dinner (big fans in this household), but what about breakfast for dessert? Why not breakfast all day long?! Well, if you’re liking this train of thought, you’re gonna love this milkshake.

Brian and I are on a big Cinnamon Toast Crunch kick right now. He likes his for breakfast and I like to treat myself to a bowl after dinner. We enjoy the finer things in life, clearly. Well, as delicious as it is the good old-fashioned way, I thought I’d try jazzing things up a bit. And since Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal milk is the best kind of cereal milk there is, a Cinnamon Toast Crunch milkshake was the obvious way to go.

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fortune goodies Favorite Cold Beverages
You guys, I’ve been wearing sweaters to work every day this week. How did this happen?

So yeah, I get it. Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of summer, but I moved to “Hotlanta” under the pretense that sweater weather wouldn’t kick in until a lot later here, or that I’d at least have some warning, you know? Don’t get me wrong. I love the fall, perhaps more than I love summer (mostly because of my treasured heart-patterned sweater collection), but surely something isn’t right here. Anyway, since I’m clearly in denial, I thought I’d relink to four of my all-time favorite ice-cold beverages, three of which happen to be of the green-tea variety. I’m a little obsessed

For those of you who are new to this blog, I normally (and I’m talking before my 5-month blogging dry spell) publish Thirsty Thursday and Recipe Reciprocity posts on days like this. Today, you get a self-serving combo of sorts. Here we go. 

1. Not only are these Jasmine Green Tea Lime Coolers delicious and refreshing, but the post, penned by my beloved Brian, is one of my favorites. He’s a funny one. This household DIY project is another classic. 
2. When it comes to my actual favorite drink recipe, these Green Tea Peach Sodas are the clear winner. They’re great for when you have people over since they look and taste great, and have an air of fanciness to them, when shhhh, they’re actually really easy to throw together. They’re perfect. 
3. Green Tea Lemonade – This one is a really good, easy recipe for lemonade with a green-tea twist. The best part is you probably have all of the ingredients on hand. 
4. We’ve been on a big smoothie kick ever since receiving our Vitamix. It’s the best. We’re definitely berry-banana people, and yet these Avocado Banana Orange Smoothies might be my favorite smoothie recipe so far. The avocado makes for a smooth and pleasantly surprising addition. 

Alright, that’ll do it from me today. Also, I just checked the weather and the 5-day forecast looks like a bright one. I’ll stop my complaining for now and plan to make the most of it. 

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Thick & Rich Italian Hot ChocolateHere’s a little something in honor of yesterday’s announcement. Not only is this hot chocolate “Italian” (thereby conjuring up dreams of sunny Positano), its warmth makes it perfectly suited to the dreary weather we’ve been having here in DC. So to boil it down for you (no pun intended), I can’t think of a better beverage recipe to share with you. But, more than just my good timing, what I find particularly remarkable and telling of just how tasty this is is the fact that I generally shy away from bittersweet/dark-chocolate anything, and yet found this minimally sweet, maximally chocolate drink to be quite delicious. I’m a milk-chocolate girl through and through, but even I can appreciate the beauty of a smooth and thick cup of bittersweet hot chocolate. 

Now, what makes a hot chocolate “Italian”? Follow along and I promise to tell you. 

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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate - the best hot chocolate you'll ever have
I had every intention of posting a healthy smoothie recipe, because let’s face it, I need one and have no business making and drinking decadent hot chocolates. But it’s cold and I’m a baby, and with a recurring series devoted to fried food, you’re not coming to this blog for the leafy greens. So hot chocolate it is. And since I’m already throwing caution to the wind, I thought I’d share the richest, most delicious hot chocolate there is. Stop reading now if you’re trying to cut back on sugar and happiness. Proceed at your own risk, but I really hope you do.

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