<div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"><font size="4">My daddy used to make THE BEST vanilla-peanut butter malts for me as a kid (I bet he could easily force one down me to this day).  We are talking <em>all</em> the ice cream and whole milk--possibly waaaaay more than a serving of vanilla ice cream, but hey, that's beside the point :)<br><br>As adults, I think a lot of us get cravings for the foods we ate as kids. There is so much nostalgia surrounding many of our favorite foods.<br><br>The good news is, I don't have to give up creamy vanilla shakes and you don't have to give up your childhood foods all together either. Now, there's no ice-cream, malt, or cows milk involved in this one (of course you can use cows milk if you wish); however, it's creamy and vanilla-y, and all sorts of nutritious. </font></div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/4171682_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"><font size="4">Before we move on to making this smoothie, can we all just give a big shout-out to the Ba-Nana? Also known as a banana. I mean, is it not the perfect food that <a target="_blank" href="http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas"><font color="#ae40a5">cures like any ailment</font></a>?<br><br>It gives a smoothie that creamy texture you are going to die over after you make the recipe below, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/blog/category/smoothies"><font color="#ae40a5">and this one too</font></a><strong>.</strong> </font></div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/3751242_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/3565101_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"> <font size="4"><u><strong>Vanilla Almond Protein Smoothie</strong></u><br><br>handful of ice<br>1/2 cup-ish of milk (<a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/blog/homemade-cashew-milk" target="_blank"><font color="#ae40a5">I used this milk</font></a>) <br>1 frozen banana<br>1 scoop vanilla protein<br>1 T almond butter (peanut butter is obviously amazing too)<br>**If you want to add a superfood, a tablespoon of chia or flax-seeds would be perfect. For extra sweetness add a date or some maple syrup. <br><br>Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, and blend until creamy! <br><br>If you are interested in learning more about how to eat more natural sugars, like bananas, dates, maple syrup, and more, check out <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/205218593174746/" target="_blank"><font color="#ae40a5">my free Facebook class this Tuesday evening at 8pm MST</font></a>. Join us from the comfort of your home! </font><br> </div>