I received ended up being, “Where do you find your inspiration for dishes?” (Thanks to Taylor, Andrea, Maria, and many other people! when I started my Two Minute Monday video series, one of the most typical questions) Although at half that is least of my ideas randomly pop into my head during a long run while my mind is wandering and who-knows-where, there are 4 main places I purposely turn to for motivation.
1. Relatives and buddies
Sometimes it’s a healthiest spin on a treat that is traditional’s been passed down through generations (Grandma’s fruitcake comes to mind!), or something that they’ve created that I want to try too (like these soft-baked “Oreos!”), or even a copycat or their store-bought favorites (aka Mom’s cocoa roasted almonds!). But most often, it comes as a recipe request (like these Nutella cookies!) because I really enjoy treats that are baking asked for by the unique people in my life.
2. Other writers
There are certainly a ton of really talented food writers out there, especially when it comes to baking and dessert. I wish We had that many hours in a time!) since I can’t possibly read and touch upon every single one (how I often turn to Pinterest to scroll through photos of their recipes and utilize those as inspiration for techniques and flavor combinations.
3. Dining away
Because the mountain that is towering of baking dishes in the sink effortlessly becomes overwhelming and scares me off from cooking dinner too, we sometimes go out to eat, and I usually peek at the breakfast and dessert menus at every restaurant! The occasion that is best is when I am able to convince my guy or some girlfriends to head over to a popular dessert-only place in city high in cakes, pies, cheesecakes, cookies, brownies, éclairs, and more. That is a baking blogger’s dream for inspiration!
Most summers, my loved ones hop on an airplane and fly to a different an element of the country or the world on vacation. (Kauai and Paris are their two favorite destinations!) Each summer to look at a baseball game and check always another MLB arena away from our list, and since Dad the most adventurous eaters I know, that means we’re constantly attempting brand new regional cuisines on top of that, my dad and I make an effort to travel up to a new city. Those fun tastes (and yes, the dessert choices too) look for a real way of popping up in my blog recipes.
The new HP x360 laptop makes it surely effortless to sort through all those inspiration that is different. With its four positions of the laptop, stand, tend, and tablet, I can quickly switch from writing e-mails to my family about our vacation plans in laptop mode to Pinterest that is searching in mode, and revealing images of restaurant menus in stand mode.
Today’s recipe with this Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie actually came from my inspiration source that is sweetest: my more youthful brother. For the few summers in middle and school that is high he mixed up a smoothie nearly every day—always with fruit, often with milk, other times with yogurt—and they always turned out delicious.
Just like my brother’s, this smoothie is incredibly easy to make. You simply need 5 ingredients, including the ice! I began with two of my fruits that are favorite blueberries and bananas. (Although whom am I kidding… I adore all good fresh fruit!) Both should be frozen. Frozen bananas add a creaminess that is irresistible smoothies, so slice up a ripe speckled one on your countertop and pop it in the freezer for at least an hour before you make your smoothie.
The protein that is big comes from Greek yogurt. With it all the time in muffins, cupcakes, and much more, I buy a large carton associated with simple, nonfat variety and scoop out however much I want because I bake. Just as the banana, it adds creaminess too!
Add all of that to a blender, plus ice and milk, and pulse until it’s smooth. Like thinner smoothies with a consistency closer to juice, adjust the quantity to match your taste because I prefer my smoothies really thick, I add plenty of ice, but if you.
A full helping of fruit and a protein boost that is big? Now that’s my sort of method to start the morning! Many thanks for the inspiration, bud!
Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie
This bright, fruity smoothie is a means that is great to begin the day! The recipe is easily doubled to serve more.
- ½ c (70g) frozen blueberries that are unsweetened
- ½ medium (70g) banana, frozen and sliced
- ¾ c (180g) plain Greek that is nonfat yogurt
- ¾ c (180mL) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 c (260g) ice cubes
Add all the components up to a blender within the order detailed, and pulse until smooth. Serve instantly.
Notes: Any milk (cow’s, soy, coconut, etc.) are substituted in the position of the almond milk.