Vanilla and Cashew Protein Smoothie

Instagram Series: A Vanilla and Cashew Protein Smoothie made with bananas, nut butter, almond milk and a scoop of extra protein from Organic Gemini's Vanilla Protein Smoothie Mix. A delicious and easy breakfast/snack for a pre or post-workout session made to nourish your body.  *Photo via my Instagram @8thandlake*

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Arriving at my family’s home, I hear the chatter of familiar voices in the distance and the faint aroma of baked bread lingering past the double doors. My cousin opens the door and we make for an embrace that seems to last minutes because this is a cousin who I haven’t seen in a year - one who left to travel across expansive Australia and petite New Zealand last October. And I could not wait to hear of his journey. As my grandma cooks Easter dinner alongside us in the kitchen, the cousins and I pull up to the countertop stools to hear of Will’s wild adventures (and let me tell you there were a few). As sweet vegetables simmer on the nearby stove, homemade bread rolls rise in the oven, and our wine and champagne glasses were being tended to so well it's as if we never made a dent, it was evident that this was indeed a weekend of indulgences. Indulgences in conversations and in food.

But as with every holiday weekend, the indulgences finish as soon as they commence and we leave so perplexed as to how we consumed the amount of food as we did in a near 48 hours?! So as Monday comes around, I make this week one of nourishing indulgences - just as delicious as the weekend yet easier on the tummy. The day is spent in the kitchen, just as the weekend, making the staples that my bodies started to crave when I embarked on my own food journey a few years ago -- chia pudding, hummus, kale salads, almond milk, smoothies and more smoothies. And one such smoothie is this one right here.

Frozen bananas are creamed into a ‘nice-cream’ style and finished with a touch of vanilla from Organic Gemini’s Smoothie Mix.  It’s a smoothie that mimics soft-serve yet has enough protein tucked inside to make a nourishing snack. An ideal smoothie post holiday blow out or not. 

And if you hop on over to my Instagram - @8thandlake - page you'll find a giveaway going on of this smoothie mix -- so then you'll soon know exactly what I'm talking about :)

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Serves: 1-2  

Prep Time: 2 minutes | Cook Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients for the Vanilla Protein Smoothie:

- 2 frozen bananas

- 1 - 1 & 1/2 cups almond milk (recipe here)

- 1 tablespoon cashew butter (optional but I love it)

- 1 tablespoon Organic Gemini Vanilla Smoothie Mix

- 1 tablespoon maca powder (optional)


Simply mix everything into a high-speed blender and mix until smooth and creamy.

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Hope you guys had a lovely Easter weekend and if you'd like to start the week off fresh with this nourishing smoothie be sure to tag me on Instagram - #8thandlake - so I can see your lovely creations! There's nothing I love more than seeing your photos and recreations of the meals you find here. Thats what they're here for :) 

You can also find me on Snapchat with more photos and clips of my everyday life - username - marie8thandlake

Lots of love from the West Coast,

xx M

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the lovely brand, Organic Gemini. I was compensated in Tiger Nut products but all opinions are my own and I only share products or brands I believe in and trust. Catch up with them on @organicgemini #organicgemini