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pineapple orange banana smoothie

I’ve been on a smoothie hiatus for far too long.

Winter + its coldness is to blame.

But, I’m over it.

They’re delicious and worth it.

Chris is under the weather, and I’ve been working 24/7 on the new blog.  We’re both in need of quick + nutrient dense meals + snacks.


I have learned a lot about blogging in the past 2 years.  Way more than I ever thought.  The new site setup has actually been fairly easy.  I’ve been plunking away, getting things placed how I want them, but it’s the more technical things that send me into a tizzy. 

  • name servers
  • domain mapping
  • pointing
  • redirects
  • permalinks
  • slugs

You should see all of the pages I have open right now.

Wait, I can show you.


I’m at the point in the night where I just can’t read anything else. 

So let’s chat about this whole smoothie thing.  Quickly.

Chris + I are both currently addicted to this combination.  It’s great for sick husbands and great for in-a-hurry, currently-pulling-their-hair-out wives.

Pineapple Orange Banana Smoothie [yields 1 giant smoothie]

  • 1c ice
  • 1-1.5c Orange juice [100% juice]
  • 1/2c plain yogurt
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1 med-large banana
  • 1 1/4c frozen pineapple
  • 1t maca powder [opt]
  1. Blend until smooth, starting with 1c of OJ.  Add more to thin out to your liking. 

This will give a nice kick in the pants to any cold or stress you’re experiencing.

Feel free to make it green, with 3-4 cups of spinach.

I mean, you can’t taste it, so why not?


I froze one batch into popsicles.

Time to dig in and give the brain a rest.



I was thrilled to see The Edible Perspective nominated for, The Best Healthy Cooking Blog, with The Kitchn!  What an amazing list of nominees!  Voting ends March 2nd, so be sure to check it out.


banana cinnamon protein quick bake



raw buckwheat flour.

cinnamon + ground flax.

protein powder.

almond milk.


doughy. thick.


Banana Cinnamon Protein Quick Bake [vegan + gluten free]

  • 1/2 banana
  • 6T raw buckwheat flour
  • 3T Raw protein 
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1T ground flax meal
  • 4-8T almond milk*
  1. Mash the banana until egg-like.
  2. Add in all other dry ingredients and stir together.
  3. Mix in the milk, starting with 4T, and adding more until just a soft but thick batter is formed.
  4. Grease a small microwave safe dish with butter/coconut oil/cooking spray.
  5. Spoon in the dough [which should be like a very thick muffin batter] and spread evenly.
  6. Microwave on high for 2-3min, until the center is set.  If cooked long enough, the texture will not be at all gummy.
  7. Release from the dish with a fork.

*recipe adapted 1/19/12 – Almond milk amount may vary, depending on your protein powder.  You are looking for a very thick batter, not pour-able.

nutrition stats: [calculated with RAW Protein – 17g protein per 1/4c serving]

cals: 301 fat: 5g carbs: 46g sugar: 7.3g protein: 20.5g fiber: 10g

tips/subs: Oat flour can be subbed for buckwheat.  3T pumpkin puree or 2.5T unsweetened applesauce can be subbed for banana.  If adding chopped nuts or chia seeds, add 1T more milk to prevent drying out.