Wellness Wednesday: The Smoothie I Drink Every Morning

Hi, everyone! Thank you all for the positive feedback for the first Wellness Wednesday post lask week. I’m really excited about this series and have some great posts planned!

This week I wanted to share with you the smoothie I drink each morning. Since I don’t eat meat (with the exception of fish), I really have to work to get my protein in. One of my favorite ways to do that is at the start of each day with a breakfast smoothie. (I used to work at the cafeteria in Lifetime Fitness in high school, so smoothies are kinda my thing. ;))

I love that this smoothie is low sugar, yet tastes like a treat! It’s also super simple to throw together—I normally am in and out of the kitchen in 5 minutes.


1 banana (I prefer to freeze my bananas so I don’t have to use ice)

1 generous handful of organic spinach

1 cup of almond milk (I am trying to go to unsweetened, but right now, I use the sweetened version)

1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Protein Peptides (one scoop has 9 grams of protein and only 35 calories)

1 scoop of Norcal Organic Peanut Butter Protein

(I tend to choose smaller bananas since they can be high in sugar. A small banana is only 90-100 calories, but still gives you the nutrition you need.)

This smoothie is so easy to make. Simply throw all the ingredients into your blender (we use the Ninja Pro Blender and love it!) and voila! You’ve got yourself a nutrient-dense, low sugar breakfast smoothie.

I will occasionally substitute my banana for an avocado to cut down on sugar and add some healthy fats.


Calories 242

Protein 17g

Carbohydrates 36g

Fiber 6g

Sugar 19g

Fat 4g

Vitamin A 33% of Daily Value

Vitamin C 71% of Daily Value

Calcium 50% of Daily Value

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Cruelty-Free Products I’m Currently Loving

If you follow me on social media, you’ve likely seen my three dogs. I’ve been an animal lover my entire life, but it hasn’t been until the past few years that I really pay attention to whether or not my products are cruelty free. These days there are so many incredible cruelty-free brands out there. I have been able to incorporate some of these brands into my daily skincare and beauty routine.


Mark bought this lip scrub for me as a Christmas gift this year and I have already used it so many times! (He’s even borrowed it from me.) You only use a pea-size amount so it lasts forever and your lips feel so soft afterward. It’s perfect year round, but especially for these colder months!


I have been using this overnight cream for almost a year and can’t get over how amazing it makes my skin feel. It is the perfect way to rejuvenate my skin throughout the night and it makes my skin feel so much more plump in the morning.


I use this radiance serum every day! I love that it’s formulated to exfoliate, dissolve and breakdown dead skin cells making my skin brighter and more radiant all day long! This daily treatment promotes cellular turnover so it addresses everything from photo-aging to acne to overall skin texture.


Y’ALL. I love this stuff! It is so easy to put on (simply rub the stick from your lip to your cheek!) and it adds the perfect dewy glow. I usually blend the color in with my fingers. For a more natural look I will wear this alone or over my blush for a more dramatic feel.


This has been one the biggest changes to my daily routine and I honestly can’t imagine not using it now! I have fallen in love with all things Juice Beauty ever since trying it about a year ago, but this illuminating primer goes under my makeup every day now. It adds such a youthful glow to my skin and makes me look so much more awake and vibrant! It is the last part of my morning skincare regimen, going on right before my makeup.

fitness | Tips For Hiking

One of the best things about traveling is that you can explore new places while you get in a good workout. When we were at Lake Tahoe recently, Mark and I took every opportunity we could to see new views of the beautiful lake. Hiking quickly became one of my favorite ways to be active while on vacation. Below are a few tips I discovered while hiking that may be helpful for your next trip.

Remember the altitude. When we were hiking in Nevada, Mark and I were quickly reminded that it can be difficult to breathe at a higher altitude. We found it helpful to take breaks every 15 minutes or so to catch our breathe since we weren’t use to the altitude.

Bring water. Because our hiking trails were often far away from anywhere we could get water, we made sure to bring a water bottle with us every time we went on a hike.

Dress appropriately. One of the best ways to ruin a hike is to be in uncomfortable shoes or clothes. It’s important to wear tennis shoes, activewear and sunglasses if you will be somewhere bright.

Wear sunscreen. There isn’t usually much shade when hiking, so it’s a good idea to bring sunscreen to avoid a sunburn. If you are planning to hike more than two hours, you should reapply the SPF every couple hours.

Stay on the path. If you aren’t familiar with the area where you’re hiking, you should stay on the path that’s been formed. Most hiking trails will have a path from previous traffic that will help guide you.




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