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A Change of Scenery + A Smoothie with a Spoon

Happy Saturday from Florida!


I flew down late last night to visit with my parents for a few days. My mom recently had surgery and I want to help out with a few things. I also need to spend time seriously focusing on writing my second book without the distractions of training/teaching/my normal routine. And sleep. I need a few consecutive days of sleeping more than 5-6 hours a night!

It is the perfect time of year at the beach, not as hot, not as crowded and not as humid. This is my third year in a row coming down in October.


My flight didn’t leave until 9 p.m. Friday night and got delayed until 9:30 but it was actually a great night. I ate dinner at home, Ubered to the airport, grabbed a tea at Starbucks and chilled out on my laptop. Once I got on the plane I listened to music and read a book for an hour and a half. I joked with my parents that it was the most relaxing part of my whole week.


We got to my parents place around 11. I ate a bowl of cereal and went straight to bed. After go, go, going all week I was ready to face plant.


Nine hours later I woke up feeling more rested and hungry! I got to work on making a smoothie. Today’s ingredients included a banana, blueberries, peaches, nonfat milk, homemade plain yogurt and peanut butter. For those that ask for blender recommendations other than the Vitamix, I will always recommend the Kitchen Aid 5-Speed Mixer. The performance is really great for the price. I’ve used this blender at my parent’s house, when cooking for clients and in the ALDI test kitchen and I’ve been impressed by it every time.


My parents didn’t have any straws and my smoothie was pretty thick so I used a spoon and topped the glass with granola.


This was my first time trying the whole smoothie with granola thing and I used this Cascadian Farm Fruit and Nut Granola that my dad keeps on hand for his breakfast. I actually loved mixing up my smoothie like this and I’ll do it again.


I miss Sullie when I’m gone but I have this guy to keep me company. 🙂


Not the worst way to work for a few days, huh?

Have you ever tried the smoothie with a spoon thing?

What was the most relaxing part of your Friday? 

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 11, 2014, 11:49 am

    Smoothies are always better with a spoon 😉
    I hope your Mom is healing up okay! XOXO
    I am so jealous of that view!

  • Brynn October 11, 2014, 12:05 pm

    Gorgeous view! The best part if my day was snuggling with my two week old son. I feel so lucky every second of every day to have this little guy. Sending well wishes to your mom.

  • Tracy October 11, 2014, 1:07 pm

    I always eat my smoothie with a spoon! I like it super thick. I usually add frozen whole berries, toasted coconut chips and cacao nibs on top (like you did with granola). Try it!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 11, 2014, 1:16 pm

    I love a quick weekend away! Hope your mom is okay. I actually don’t like smoothies at all mainly because I prefer to chew and eat things with a spoon. So, the only times I ever have a smoothie or shake, I use a spoon if it needs it or not lol.

  • She Rocks Fitness October 11, 2014, 1:22 pm

    Girlfriend seriously??? I eat all my smoothies with a spoon…HA! I was traveling all day yesterday from 4 Am-6:30 PM. Once I got to Nantucket I face planted to and it felt fabulous. Enjoy your time down in FLA and get some sleep!

  • Stephanie October 11, 2014, 6:45 pm

    My husband and I went to Myrtle last weekend and I told him that I never want to go to the beach in the summer again. It was still warm without being sticky, there weren’t any crowds, and everything was still hopping. Glad you were able to get away and help your mom; win-win for sure!


  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! October 12, 2014, 5:51 am

    Not the worst way to spend the next few days at all! Have a great weekend!

  • Kristina @Run Long, Live Well October 12, 2014, 8:33 am

    Those views are gorgeous! The most relaxing part of my Friday was the Hot Yoga class- we did lots of twists Friday, and I felt amazing after (spent but amazing).

  • Alyson October 12, 2014, 11:20 am

    I prefer my smoothies to be thicker, but always eat them with a spoon either way. Never tried granola on top, but I’ll often sprinkle on some chocolate chips!

  • Brooke@sweetnsweaty October 12, 2014, 7:34 pm

    Jealous of that view!! I love smoothies! Never even thought of putting granola in it! Brilliant!!!

  • jillian October 14, 2014, 9:57 pm

    Smoothies are ALWAYS better with a spoon and topped with granola and fresh fruit 🙂

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