This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

Healthy Cookie Smoothie & Cute DIY Boxes

July, 16, 2014

Anyone who’s ever met me knows I’m a dessert lover. There’s hardly a sweet treat that I can pass up. So I try to make healthy meals taste like pastry time. And trust me, it’s possible! Today, I’m sharing a high-protein smoothie recipe that both your body and your taste buds will love. But first, I can’t contain my excitement over a little DIY craft project I just finished for storing my smoothie ingredients.

Cute DIY Boxes A

Until today, they had been strewn throughout my kitchen cupboards, tucked away in various places. Naturally, I wanted to consolidate them. There was a little unused space on the floor of the pantry, but it had some odd dimensions. In order to use it, I needed containers that could both fit the space and slide in and out of it. I hit up every store in town looking for something that would work…to no avail. So I got creative. On Etsy, I found old wooden Coke and Pepsi crates from back in the day when soft drinks only came in glass bottles. They were the perfect size for my project.

Cute DIY Boxes B

Next, I went to the hardware store and got some All Purpose Tri-Dollies. Then I used my trusty glue gun to attach them to the bottom of my crates. I gathered up all my packaged smoothie ingredients in my boxes. Now when it’s time to blend something up, I just roll them out and whip up a recipe in a flash.

Cute DIY Boxes C

As Miranda Kerr says, “Boys like their cars and I like my Vitamix.” If you’re a kindred spirit and are looking for a fun, practical container for your smoothie ingredients, you might try this DIY. It can work with any kind of wooden container you like.

Okay, as promised, here’s my original cookie smoothie recipe:

Shopping List for one 16 oz. Smoothie: 1) eight oz. organic unsweetened soymilk, 2) one frozen banana, 3) one scoop Cookies ‘N Cream OxyElite Protein, 4) two tbsp. powdered peanut butter, and 5) four or five ice cubes.

Put everything in your blender at once, and turn it on. If the concoction is too thick, just add a little more soymilk or water.

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