Double Chocolate Coffee Protein Shake

One of my go-to breakfasts during the summer are protein shakes or smoothies. Heavy bowls of hot oatmeal or eggs don’t really work for me during this season since it is so hot outside–cold smoothies are refreshing for these humid, hot days. They are also so easy to make and customize.

I’ve recently discovered that I’m sensitive to lactose, so I try to stay away from dairy products and whey protein. I ordered some Vega (dairy and soy free) protein packets to try since so many people recommended this brand (shout out to one of my besties Megan Britt), and so far I love the chocolate flavor. I still have to try the Vanilla and Berry and I cannot wait. I used the chocolate in this morning’s protein shake–which was delicious! Try it for yourself!

I used:
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*1 packet chocolate Vega protein powder (it looked equivalent to one scoop)
*Approximately 1/2 cup ice
*1 packet instant coffee
*1 scoop all-natural peanut butter
*1 capful vanilla extract
*1 teaspoon cocoa powder (the protein powder is usually enough chocolate flavor, I just like mine with extra cocoa goodness)
*1 packet stevia
*Enough almond milk to get everything moving (maybe 3/4 to 1 cup)

Throw everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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Food + Fashion + Beauty Products I Love

I want to mention that the only photos that are mine in this post are the chicken pizza photo and the one of me and my friends at the lake. Thanks for reading!

FOOD

Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee

I love this coffee because of it’s subtle chocolate flavor. To me, coffee and chocolate are a match made in heaven, kind of like peanut butter and chocolate. I pair it with a little bit of cream and stevia or vanilla coffee creamer. Yum!

Meatzza

I’ve seen the cauliflower pizza crust craze on Pinterest and tried it….but I wasn’t impressed. It tasted pretty good, but it ALWAYS falls apart. I saw a recipe for a pizza crust using a package of ground chicken breast and decided to try it. AMAZING! I’ve made it a dozen times in the past few months. It is way more flavorful than a bread crust and does not fall apart. The trick is to add about a cup of raw oats to the meat and a lot of spices/seasonings. I made a BBQ version last night and it was incredible.

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Homemade Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

I’ve made these for breakfast almost every morning for the past week. They are freaking delicious, healthy and filling. I switch it up every time I make them–I like to add mixed berries, chocolate chips, banana, grated apple and cinnamon. Top with a little maple syrup or honey. To a blender, add 1/2 cup raw oats, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 egg, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp white sugar or stevia, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 3/4 to 1 cup milk of choice. Add the toppings after you pour the batter into pancake circles in the pan.

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Mio Drink Enhancers

I have a hard time drinking enough water, which leaves me really dehydrated by the end of the day. A tiny squirt of a Mio drink enhancer in my iced water makes it much easier to stay hydrated because it tastes good! A little bit goes a LONG way. I love the blueberry lemonade and strawberry watermelon.

FASHION

Rompers

I used to think rompers were dumb and meant for little girls only. Now I LOVE them. They are comfortable and come in all sorts of fun patterns and colors. TJ Maxx is my favorite place to purchase them because they are always under $15. I recently bought this one in the photo below and have already worn it a few times! Love it.

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Roxy Apparel

I’ve really been into Roxy stuff for casual summer fashion. I have a Roxy swimsuit that I purchased at TJ Maxx (surprised? lol) a few years ago and it has held up great. I wear it a TON every summer and it still looks brand new. I also have a few Roxy tanks, a skirt and some flip flops that I love as well. Their stuff is amazing quality and so cute.

Kate Hudson’s Fabletics Workout Clothes

I saw Fabletics being advertised on Facebook a lot, so I decided to check it out. If you sign up with them (totally free), you can order a full workout outfit for only $25 with free shipping. I purchased this tank in fuchsia and these capri leggings in dark gray. I’m very happy with everything and I would definitely order from Fabletics again!

BEAUTY

Marc Anthony Beach Waves Spray

I received this spray in one of my recent Ipsy glam bags and am in love with it. In the summer, I always let my hair air dry since the humidity is so bad. If I try to style it, it just frizzes. After I shower, I just spritz this in my hair to give it some natural beachy waves. It smells heavenly too, like coconuts.

Dead Sea Treatment Facial Moisturizer

I found this moisturizer at TJ Maxx (I think I may be slightly obsessed) a few weeks ago and love everything about it. It was a steal at $4.99 and it feels great on my face. I have very dry skin, so this moisturizer helps with that. It doesn’t cause breakouts and also smells very clean. I always apply it after a shower and randomly during the day if my facial skin is feeling dry or tight.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil

This was another Ipsy glam bag item, and I loved it. I received it two months ago and I already finished it. I think Urban Decay is my favorite makeup line. This eyeliner glides on so easily and I never had to push down too hard. I need to go buy some more since I’m out! I highly recommend this eyeliner!

Bath & Body Works Aruba Coconut Body Lotion

This lotion smells so beachy and incredible. I need to buy a bunch of bottles to use during the depressing winter!

30 Random Facts About Me

For some odd reason, surveys bring me great joy! They are so fun to fill out and I also love reading other people’s answers! I haven’t filled one of these out in so long. Here goes….

1. What is your favorite smell?
The smell of Home Depot & Lowes, clean laundry, eucalyptus

2. What is your favorite thing to snack on?
Crackers/veggies & hummus, fruit

3. What are you afraid of?
Tornadoes, fires, bugs, spiders, bad things happening to people I love

4. What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
Mojitos

5. What do you like to watch on TV?
I don’t have cable, but I do have NETFLIX! But I love LOST, 19 Kids & Counting, Prison Break, Desperate Housewives, Pretty Little Liars, documentaries

6. Do you prefer pepsi or coke?
Coke!

7. What song is stuck in your head right now?
“Not A Bad Thing” by: Justin Timberlake (my favorite song right now)

8. Name a random fact about yourself.
I am a certified open water scuba diver

9. Who is your funniest friend?
Christine, Allison, Emily Ann, Timothy

10. What is your favorite place in the entire world?
St. Simons Island, Georgia

11. If you had to wear one outfit for the rest of your life.. what would it be?
A sundress….or maybe yoga leggings and a workout top haha

12. What is your pet peeve?
When people ignore or interrupt me, dirty dishes in the sink, when people get really close to my face to talk to me

13. Name something that makes you smile.
My dogs.

14. What is the song you last heard?
“Rubber Band Man” … random I know

15. Who is the last person to text message you?
My mom.

16. Who is the last person you hugged?
David

17. What is your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber.

18. What are your six most favorite things in your bedroom?
Clothes, knock-off scentsy scented wax warmer, bed, ceiling fan (I cannot sleep without it on), pretty curtains, little decorative bench that holds extra clothes, sheets, etc.

19. Who is your favorite female celebrity?
Meryl Streep

20. Who is your favorite male celebrity?
Steve Carell

21. What are you wearing right now?
Workout shorts and a tank top.

22. Name the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear: RAINBOW
Beauty

23. Would you rather have no sense of smell or taste?
No sense of smell, for sure. I love tasting food too much!

24. What happened in the last dream you had?
I was in a rush to scuba dive and jumped into the water and descended too fast. And the group I was with left me. It was scary!

25. Look behind you… what is there?
Bed headboard and the wall.

26. Dream vacation spot?
Greek islands, New Zealand

27. What would you do with the money if you won the lottery?
Travel around the world!

28. What is under your bed?
Scuba stuff

29. What store would you choose to max out your credit card?
TJ Maxx/Homegoods

30. What is your favorite physical feature on the opposite sex?
Good teeth, muscular, and taller than me (David!!!)