21 November 2011

shakes here and shakes there.

I'm feeling a bit more like myself after a refreshing weekend. I caught up on lots of housework, enjoyed time with Jon and played and played with the kids. I probably should have mentioned that the other reason I've been a little off these days is because I'm trying to cut back on the coffee. This is a challenge for me but one I really want to work on.

To seek the extra energy that I need to get me through my day I've turned to shakes. When I was pregnant with Jess I made a banana shake every single day. I looked forward to those afternoons when I could sit and enjoy my drink as if it were a steaming hot latte. These days I've been making a banana cocoa cashew shake which I adapted from here.

Below are both recipes.
I don't use measurements so you'll have to taste and adjust.


Banana Cocoa Cashew Shake:
1 banana
handful of raw cashews
1 to 2 tsp cocoa powder
1.5 cups coconut milk (or any other milk on hand)
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 tbsp wheat germ or flax seed
handful of ice

blend ingredients until smooth



Banana Spice Shake:
1 banana
handful of raw almonds (or other nuts)
1.5 cups almond milk
1 tsp honey (or agave syrup)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp wheat germ or flax seed
handful of ice

blend ingredients until smooth


Other activities from the weekend include:

Painting the garage white. Always a fun time.

Jess must have got a hold of the phone at some point because she dialed 911. I would like to note their rapid response time on calling back. We should all be very impressed with this service. My apologies for my one year old and her fine motor skills. Seriously, where were the parents?

I almost finished painting the bathroom.

My pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls were a success.

I managed to fall asleep by midnight on Friday night. A true success.

In addition to my normal role (mother, wife, master laundress, painter) I will also be playing the part of a nurse this week. Jon goes in for a minor surgery tomorrow and will be home most of the week. Nothing serious. Let's just say the Jacob's won't be having any more kids. Three is our magical number.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend friends. If you try my shake recipes let me know. I would love to hear how they turned out.



  1. I am just about to go and do my weekly food shop. Will definitely pick up the ingredients to make this.

  2. One day you will visit Miami and buy one from the market I got the idea from. It's an orgasm in a tiny plastic bottle.

  3. This sounds delicious! Cashews (I've been told) have intrinsic gluten so I usually get sick when I eat them. I love bananas though!

  4. this look amazing. and i will most definitely be trying it. soon.

  5. Nice shake I would like to try ones at home

  6. Hi Liz! Do you ever made green smoothies? I love them and go on kicks every once in awhile. Love them for breakfast. They are supposed to be "energizing". Here is a good recipe: http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2009/07/11/green-smoothie-recipe/ (A strong blender like a Vitamix definitely makes a difference). Good luck with cutting the coffee!


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