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Our friends are here!!! Bites + Bowls and her mister friend!!  We used to live right down the street from E + K and miss them so much!!  We’ve known Eric for a few years now and have known Kelsey for about 1 year.  I’m excited to have them around for the week :)

It’s been a busy day preparing for them!

BreakfastBanana Scramble – quick.easy.nutritious.delicious.

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Cinna Chia Cacao Banana Scramble

  • 1/2 banana

  • 1-2T pnut butter

  • 1/2-1t cinnamon

  • 3T oats

  • 2T milk [any type]

  • 1/2T chia seeds

  • 1T unsweetened shredded coconut

  • ~1/2T cacao nibs

  1. Mash with a fork, until well combined.

  2. Heat + grease a pan on medium heat.

  3. Plop into pan and flatten a bit.

  4. Let sick + cook for 3-5min.

  5. Flip or mash around and cook another 3-5min until browned.

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This one flipped perfectly…but they don’t always!

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Then it was time to start cleaning.  I had to make a new batch of my cleaning products as I was almost out of my all-purpose + glass cleaner.  They are so easy to make and I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of the ingredients already.  I also made a bathroom scrub.  Details in this post.

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A little squeeze of lemon in the all-purpose cleaner.  It’s the best cleaner I’ve ever used.  LOVE it.

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The best summer snack.  Thirst quenching and cold.  YUM.

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Have you tried these crackers?? They are EXcellent!! I love the flavor and crispiness.  Seriously, so good and the nutritional facts are also great!

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In between all of the cleaning, I managed to squeeze in a 16m bike ride.  It rocked.  I also did a quick ab workout + pushups.  What I need to do more of is YOGA.  I got in about 10min today and it wasn’t enough.

The other day I was inspired by a recipe over at The Active Foodie for her Watermelon, Cucumber and Mint Agua Fresca.  I didn’t have mint and just wanted something refreshing after a long day of cleaning in the hot house.  This was perfect!!

Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie

  • 2-3c ice

  • 3-4c cubed, de-seeded watermelon

  • 1/2 large cucumber

  • juice from 1/2 of a lemon

  1. If using a standard blender, you may want to peel the skin off of the cucumber so there is no pulpy cucumber skin.  The vitamix was able to plow through almost all of it.  I didn't mind the few bits that were left, but if you're worried about the skin go ahead and peel :)

  2. Blend until smooth.

I looooved the combo of watermelon + cucumber.  It was really refreshing and I loved the slightly icy consistency.  Chris made a BAD face when he tasted this and said “no bueno!”  ;)  We’re usually on par with foods/drinks we like but not this one.  If you really like cucumber + watermelon give this a try!

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Such a hydrating, healthy drink!

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Perfect for summer.

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Off to hang with our friends!!  We’re bouldering in the morning in Boulder.  Very excited!!



Reader Comments (43)

Oh gosh..I just got back from a hot 10k run, and that smoothie is making me drool!!
Have fun with your friends :)

The banana scramble looks so good! I'm going to try it this morning!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJL Goes Vegan

Lol....bouldering in Boulder! I'm sure you guys will have a great time, and I personally think the watermelon-cucumber smoothie sounds really refreshing. Kind of gaspacho-esque, I guess?

What a cool idea for a smoothie! That sounds so good and refreshing.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Have fun with your buddies! Do you think you can post the recipe for those cleaning agents?

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

That smoothie looks perfect for hot weather! I can't wait to try it!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEstela @ Weekly Bite

You would fall head over heals for the cracker bread aisles in Europe. Head to and grocery store in Sweden and the shelves go on and on with healthy, whole grain, amazingly textured cracker bread.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKendel

Ooooo that drink looks very refreshing! If Chris didn't like it it just means there is more for you ;)

Have fun with the friends!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNienke at Revel

Never tried the watermelon/cuke combo but it looks SO refreshing!! Yum!


I love those crackers!

I hate cottage cheese by itself and don't really like cantalope by itself but I think I would like the cottage cheese 'lope bowl! :)

oh, i'm so jealous! Boulder is incredible in the and sunny :)

I love AkMaks! I discovered them last year in college and I've been buying them ever since because they have a great nutritional profile and they're pretty cheap.

The smoothie looks really good too, and I don't like watermelon... We did just buy one and we have a ton of cucumber though so I might give it a shot. ;)

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

Hehehe, I made Dave try the drink too and it wasn't his thing either, I think he was expecting a sweet and thick smoothie - but I loved it! :) Have fun bouldering, sounds so fun!!!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSonja {ActiveFoodie}

love that drink!!! i can imagine some vodka in there ;) haha I kid, i kid, i don't even really drink, but it just sounds like such a tropical, summery drink!!!

that breakfast is SUCH a good idea! YOU ROCK!!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

Oh, man, that smoothie looks like my worst nightmare...two of my most hated foods are cucumber and watermelon haha! I do admit that it sounds refreshing though :]

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlaina

I love the banana mash idea! I would have never come up with something like that on my own.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

That smoothie looks very refreshing. I think I might have to try that one this weekend.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia

I mean you are hands down the most creative person. Watermelon/Cucumber smoothie sounds like a lotion at Bath & Body Works, but that it would also make a yummy drink.

Cinna Chia Cacao Banana Scramble?! Amazing idea.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

Wow....just wow. That banana patty looks amazing.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKittie

I love the title of this post--cracks me up! I love those Akmak crackers crunchy and satisfying!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Yeah, my brain was kind of fried for a title ;)

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That watermelon smoothie is the perfect summer party drink!
Are those oats in a cantaloupe? If it is, you're a genius.
And your banana scramble just made my life. MY LIFE. whatever that means. <3

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosey Rebecca

LOL, why thank you. hahaha yes, it does sound like lotion!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahahaa yikes! Maybe I'll come up with another summer refresher for the watermelon cuc haters out there! ;)

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, totally!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I looooved it!! I've blended plain watermelon before but loved the cucumber addition!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I never used to be a fan but then I got the full fat stuff and it's SOOOO much better!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Uhhh, yes please!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It's linked in this post + in the recipe index :)

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I know...funny right? hehe

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Sounds like a good bike ride and the smoothie looks so cool and refreshing!!

I've had Ak-Mak before! They are really good, very fibrous too, yum. Fibrous to me = yum, by the way, hehe.

I always laugh at loud at those commercials for the Fiber One commercials, where they're like "oh my god! there is fiber in this?!? so glad I can't taste it" --I WANT to taste the fiber (natural fiber, that is) :)

There's my silly story for the day.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ youngDCliving

Ok that banana concoction is officially on my weekend breakfast menu - sans chia seeds b/c I don't have them...ehhh.

Also, it's a little difficult to consume a HUGE watermelon between 2 people before it starts to go...and this smoothie sounds PERFECT for my post-LR refreshment tonight. Gracias ;)

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather C

cucumber-watermelon ANYTHING is awesome for summer. can't wait to try that smoothie recipe. and your banana scramble looks incredible. you've taken it to another level :)

ooo, have fun bouldering! hope you come back with some pictures!!

Ok, I'm gonna try this comment AGAIN!

I said earlier that the smoothie looks amazing and I wanted to make it after my run tonight. Funny, tho, because now it's after my run and I didn't make it. My husband had commandeered the blender. Boo! But I'm still looking forward to it! Yummmy!

Hope you're having a blast!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Course I've tried Ak Maks! They have my last name in the name.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllie (Live Laugh Eat)

Just made the banana scramble for breakfast! It was so yummy my parents just stared in envy! Thanks so much!!

with love and cupcakes,

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCookteen

I tried the Chia Banana Scramble this week, it was soooo delicious and hit the spot. I'm going to have it for breakfast tomorrow and my morning snack. I love how easy it is to make and how delicious it taste.

I was so excited to see the watermelon and cucumber smoothie, since I had so many cucumbers to use up that I bought watermelon so I could make it. Though I am without my Vitamix this week {house-sitting and decided to use their mixer}. For most of the smoothies I have made this week, a standard mixer was sufficient, but not for this one. The skin of the cucumber was too much for it to handle and I'm not a fan of the floating skin that the standard mixer couldn't break down.

I'll most likely try it again, but without the skin to see if comes out better for me.

August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessa

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September 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterฟีโร&#

I made this scramble this morning and it was AMAZING! :) Thank you so much for your incredible recipes. Instead of an english muffin I sandwiched the scramble between two whole wheat waffles. BEST IDEA EVER. Please try it!

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber Schaefer

You're so welcome!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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