The final days of summer are upon us. While summer technically doesn’t end for almost another month, the end of August and beginning of September seem to usher in the changing of seasons. Students of all ages are starting back to school, football season has started, and Labor Day is less than a week away.
A lot of people are excited for the change of seasons and, admittedly, I love fall. This year though I resolved to make good use of the summer weather and spend as much time as possible outside. So while I am looking forward to my high school reunion, Halloween, and all things fall, I’m not ready for any of them quite yet.
This past weekend Joe and I decided to make the most of the last weekend of August to head to Cape Cod on a mini vacation. It was incredibly relaxing and just what we both needed.
We drove down late Friday night to avoid traffic and slept in on Saturday. After coffee and oatmeal, we ran some errands (including picking up lunch at my absolute favorite place on the Cape – Idgy’s Gluten Free restaurant), then spent several hours on the beach.
Sunday we slept in again and decided to head to Idgy’s for breakfast. I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to go to a restaurant and know that every single thing there is safe for you to eat. I was also really touched by the drawings on the wall from several of the younger Idgy’s patrons who have been gluten free their entire lives (or close to it). My favorite said: “Idgy’s – where being gluten free is the norm.”
After Idgy’s we decided to spend what was turning into quite a hot day by the waterfront in nearby Hyannis. There was a local festival happening with artists, music, and lots of vendors. We strolled along the waterfront and then spent some time in a used bookstore. Of course I had to have photos of some of the local flair, including a very lazy bear and a nonjudgmental cupcake store.
After leaving Hyannis we made one final stop at Idgy’s (yes, for the third time) and got food for back at the Cape house. There we relaxed, cleaned, and waited for traffic to die down before heading back to Boston.
This morning I wasn’t quite ready to let our mini vacation (or summer) go just yet. While everyone else is excited about #pumpkinspiceeverything I’m still feeling the flavors of island living. Okay, so I’ve never lived on an island, but you get what I’m saying. Summer = beach = island. Something like that.
Nothing screams summer and the beach to me more than coconut. It’s always been one of my favorite flavors and I luckily had a carton of Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Coconut Milk thanks to my partnership with Blue Diamond and Almond Breeze. I knew just what to do that would get me back on track with my eating post-vacation while still giving me those tropical flavors I love.
With just 45 calories per 8oz. serving, I knew that adding the Vanilla Almond Coconut milk to a smoothie would be a great way to start my day. Add to that some ginger to add a little spice and a banana (because what goes better with coconut than banana?) and you have the beginnings of a truly awesome breakfast.
Coconut Cream Protein Smoothie
- 8 oz Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Coconut Milk
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (I used two scoops of Arbonne Vanilla protein because it smells and tastes like cake mix)
- 1 medium banana
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
Combine all ingredients in a blender (I love my Ninja blender for this) and blend until smooth.
Talk about summer flavors! The only thing that could have made it more tropical is a little bit of pineapple juice or some coconut flakes to go on top. Hmm, maybe I’ll be making a grocery store pit stop on the way home tonight. After all, who says we have go give up on summer so soon?
What are your favorite summer flavors? Have you moved onto fall flavors or are you holding on for dear life to the summer?
This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. All thoughts and opinions are my own.