It’s officially FALL everyone (yayyyy!!!)!!!!
And, is the weather ever feeling like autumn here in Seattle. On Sunday (first day of fall) a big storm blew into Seattle causing rain showers and crazy amounts of wind. The temperature has dropped as well so now the air has a little crisp fall bite to it. I can officially start parading around in sweaters and these new fall booties that I am loving!
The rain and wind did not stop Lee and I from enjoying the weekend and celebrating the new season. This weekend we spent some time in our (almost) new neighborhood. We are in the process of moving to new digs a few blocks down from our current spot in Capitol Hill. Right now we live in a slightly more residential area on the Hill, but our new place will be much more in the heart of urban life.
We walked down to our new ‘hood and grabbed some Pumpkin Spice Lattes at our favorite coffee place in the area, Espresso Vivace.
Yum! The perfect blend of espresso, milk, and pumpkin spice goodness. And, check out that foam art!
After we fulfilled our caffeine quota for the day we hit up the Broadway Farmer’s Market which will be less than a half mile from our new home. While I absolutely love and adore Seattle’s iconic Pike’s Place Market it will be nice to have a farmer’s market much closer to us! Also, I feel like some of the neighborhood market’s have more local farmer’s selling their wares vs. a grocer.
Check out this awesome produce! I love all the colors of fresh veggies and fruit!
While we were shopping around we also grabbed some quesadillas from a local vendor. These were not your normal, run-of-the-mill quesadillas, however. This guy grabs a bunch of veggies from the market itself, grills up and sautés them, tops them with cheese, and folds it into a tortilla.
Awwww- market goodness!
I was so tempted to buy these gorgeous sunflowers as well, but our hands and bags were already stuffed. Next time!
After our market splurge we headed over to the new place to get a lay of the land. And, boy, did we ever love the view from the land! Here’s a picture from the community rooftop deck on our building. I think we will be spending just a little bit of time up there!
After our “Sunday Fall Funday” we came home and I got to work on getting ready for the week. I like to prep everything as much as possible the night before a workday and this also includes breakfast! My go-to breakfast lately has been smoothies. They are so easy to make the night before, put into the fridge, and then drink on your way to work or while you are getting ready in the morning. My current favorite smoothie was inspired by this post by Iowa Girl Eats.
Warning- this smoothie is GREEN! Green, but oh so tasty and good for you! The green color comes from the spinach loaded into this breakfast treat. I know what you are thinking- “Spinach? In a smoothie? Sounds like a gross health food drink!” Trust me, you do not taste the spinach at all! My version of this smoothie just tastes like a delicious chocolate, banana, and peanut butter shake.
Here’s how you start the smoothie. First, make sure you have some frozen bananas on hand. What I usually do is buy regular bananas, chop them up into small pieces, put each individual banana into an individual plastic baggie or other small container, and then pop into the freezer. You need 1 banana per smoothie so this way you can just take out the exact amount you need from the freezer.
Add your frozen banana first to the blender:
Then add in Chocolate whey protein powder. I use this protein powder because I think it has the best overall taste and nutritional profile (24 grams protein per scoop!). I usually use about a half scoop in the smoothie.
Next, add in a squirt of honey, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp “unsweetened” cocoa powder (I like Hershey’s Dark Chocolate), and then 1/2 cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt. Feel free to use whatever yogurt you like, but I love Fage 0% due to the fact it’s so low in sugar and so high in protein! Also, definitely do not forget the cocoa powder- this makes the smoothie extra chocolatey tasting!
Now, add in 1 cup spinach to the mix (don’t be afraid!). And then add in 1 cup milk (I like to use Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk).
Now it’s time to blend all those goodies together! Blend on high until you no longer see any green pieces and everything is a nice uniform brown-green color.
I like to make these the night before and pour them into my favorite Blender Shaker bottle. I just pop it into the fridge and then take out the next morning to enjoy. In my smoothie experience this is the best kind of smoothie to make the night before- it tastes just as good the next day!
Just grab and go and head out the door with your healthy breakfast meal!
Now, go take on the world armed with this delicious spinach smoothie! Happy Monday all!
Peanut Butter, Banana, & Chocolate Green Smoothie
Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats
Makes 1 Smoothie
– 1 frozen banana
– 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
– 1 tbsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I like Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate)
– 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
– 1 squirt honey (about 1/2 tbsp)
– 1/2 cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
– 1 cup spinach
– 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
– Add in ingredients (in order as listed above) to a blender. Blend everything until smooth and enjoy!