Well, it’s that time again! The leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping. The days are growing shorter (boo) but so is the grass!!! And what else is happening? It’s the unofficial start of “Eating Season”. Starting with Halloween, as the kids go door-to-door soliciting neighbors for candy to give to Dad and the parents hang out eating bowls of chili, moving through November and the much anticipated Thanksgiving meal (and leftovers!), surviving the Christmas holiday parties loaded with eggnog and desserts, and culminating in New Year’s Eve, New Years Day and (it should be a holiday) Superbowl.
We decided in our family to get a little ahead of the upcoming “eat-fest” and baking season by incorporating some regular exercise in our schedule. Emma already began when she started high school with daily fitness classes and has now pulled us into her routine by creating a family workout schedule complete with planks, lunges, push ups, working with bands, leg lifts and wall squats, to name a few. There will also be some various yoga sessions, walks and runs and visits to the Rec Center.
Emma also realized the importance of having energy to make it through these workouts, so she created a smoothie that was inspired by our morning breakfast smoothies, Pinterest and her love for chocolate and peanut butter! It’s a very easy recipe with a few simple ingredients. The result is a fantastic tasting smoothie that can help provide a bit of extra energy as you work those muscles in an effort to shed a few pounds from all the exercise and prepare for…candycornturkeyanddressingcakescookieschilinachos…!!
Emma's Powerhouse Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie
2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2-3/4 cup crushed ice
dark chocolate chips (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a smoothie machine or blender. Blend until smooth.
For a lower-fat version, substitute powdered peanut butter (yes, there is a ‘powder’ for everything!)