Enjoying this beautiful Sunday, here in Maryland, with weather of pure perfection: 65 degrees with a slight breeze. I just started a new job about a month ago and I’ve gotten a little bit off track, physically and spiritually. Today is all about getting back to ME! I’m getting back to all of the activities that feed my soul.

I started this morning off with a 1 hr run-walk mixed with some burpee action with my big sis. The best part about working out in the morning is that it makes you extra conscious about what you eat throughout the day. Today I found myself craving a chocolatey drink, which reminded me of a smoothie recipe in  Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kitchen called “Aztec Spirit”. The name alone wins my heart:).  I decided to make an Aztec Spirit-inspired smoothie using the ingredients I had in my kitchen. This had to be one of my favorite smoothies yet so I have to share!

Vegan Chocolate-Banana Smoothie:

(serves 2-3)

  • 1 tall glass of almond milk
  • 1/2 glass of water with crushed ice
  • 1 banana
  • 3 tablespoons  (big ones) cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of Agave syrup

Throw these bits of goodness into a high-speed blender (I love my blendtec) until smooth and you’re done! Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Thanks for reading. Back to ME-time :).