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Jillsberry Dough Boy

Just a forewarning, I’m going recipe crazy in this post. I can’t hold it in any longer! 😉

Last night, Joe and I ate smoothies for dinner. I’m finding that I have become more and more creative with them since I have been forced (hardly) to make smoothies for dinner because they are quick and easy after a late work day. I don’t mind smoothie bowls for dinner and thank god, neither does Joe! I complained to him through texts for the first half of my morning yesterday because of my commute, so I told him that I owed him a big fat smoothie bowl when he gets home. I ended up making this for myself.

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 scoop (1/2 c?) no salt added low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • pinch xanath gum
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp. Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
  • Stevia to sweeten

I pretty much through everything but the kitchen sink in there, blended it up, and topped it with Bob’s Red Mill wheat germ and Crazy Richard’s peanut butter. If you leave the natural kind out its nice and gooey and you can ooze it all over the top!

Then, Joe wanted berries, so I was thinking something sweet and vanilla would go perfect.

  • 2 scoops Vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup lactaid milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (he questions these but I told him it would be ok)
  • splash vanilla extract
  • pinch xanath to thicken
  • stevia to sweeten

While I blended this, Joe took out a huge bowl, put a dollop of fat free cool whip, sprinkles, and blackberries. I poured it over the top at his request. The chia seeds almost made it look like vanilla bean! I took out the PB and he didn’t hesitate for a second. Nice topping, I must say! He then said “I know, I know, I won’t eat until you get a picture!” How cute! 😉

I didn’t put the blender away just yet. I wanted to try Kath’s Dough Boy Smoothie in the AM. I took a spin and added the following to the blender;

Jill’s Berry Dough Boy Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • half banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • splash vanilla
  • pinch kosher salt

I blended it up and let it sit overnight in the fridge.

Workout & Breakfast

I did a 30 minute ab workout and a 50 minute incline walk/run interval workout on the treadmill. As soon as I got home I plopped the mixture in the blender with a little bit of milk and poured it in a bowl.

The cinnamon was definitely key. I was a little hesitant, but that is what really makes it taste like dough!

Next time, I think I will change the milk to oats ratio before blending. I should have put more oats/less milk to make it a little thicker, but it was still super yummy! I can already think of a million ways I want these! Chocolate, PB, Banana, the possibilities are endless!

Who’s watching the royal wedding tomorrow? Hopefully it’s on at the gym! Some people I know are going to bars at 6am to watch it. Craziness!

Honey Nut Banana Bowl

I am running a little behind today, so this may be a quick post.


This morning, Joe wasn’t feeling well and he had to work all day so he decided to take off from the gym today. I slept in a little bit and headed to do my upper body workout around 9:30. I did the usual 30 minute abs, 30 minutes upper body and 30 minutes on the “moon machine”. I had a great gym week — I did a lot of extra cardio now that I am incorporating intervals of incline walking.


I was craving a banana nut Vita-Top, so I knew I had to incorporate that into my breakfast somehow! I took one out of the freezer while I decided. I usually buy them in bulk and have a lot on hand, but I haven’t eaten on in a while because I’ve been making overnight oats.

I then thought, “Vanilla, Banana, Nut, Honey!”, great combo! I combined vanilla protein powder, milk, ice, a tablespoon of honey, and a pinch of xanath gum for thickening into the blender. I then broke up the Vitatop and poured the mixture over it. It reminded me of when I was little and my grandfather would pour a glass of milk and put a piece of birthday cake in it and mush it up and eat it! I ussed to think it was soooo gross! This, on the other hand, was not!

The texture of the muffin in the smoothie was awesome! I then made some coffee in the french press to liven me up for today’s event!

Starbucks Tribute Blend is my current brew

Now I am off to volunteer at Project Glam! My friend Kristina is in W girls and asked me to help out. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Oops! I ate PB.

I’m baaaack! Atlantic City was a great time and it was so nice to take a break from work! Right after we checked in around 3pm, we headed to lunch at the Metropolitan in the Borgata, where we stayed. I had a greek salad with chicken. It was a huge portion and enough to fill me before heading up the wine show.

I have never seen anything like it! Picture a huge room with booths beyond booths and glasses galore. Grab a glass and start tasting! Now, obviously the girls were “working” and finding some new wines for the restaurant. We started with the bubblies and worked our way to the Burgundy since Carrie (manager) needed to find a new one. Towards the end, we decided to try the wines that we would probably never order ourselves or taste again, because they’re so expensive. We also found time to stop by the buffet and get some lobster risotto!

After the show, we headed back to the room. However, I decided to make a pit stop at the gelato bar! After some wine, I was really in the mood for dessert! I did something terribly wrong though. I’d like to advise everyone to be careful when drinking during lent so you don’t accidently break your sacrifice. Yes, I did it. But I would like to just say, that my sacrifice was actually to not eat PB out of the jar, as you know I like to do so with sprinkles and whip. So, I won’t say that I completely ruined it, but come on—she even gave me one of the garnish reese’s with the gelato!!

The death of me

Tell me that doesn’t look like a piece of heaven. Honestly, I didn’t even think about it until today that I had eaten peanut butter. So be it–what can you do?!

Anyhoo, we went up to the room to change for dinner. The vendor’s took us to Seablue, also in the Borgata. We continued drinking wine and the four of us girls split 4 appetizers and 4 entrees. Who wants just one thing when you can try it all? For appetizers, we had the lobster corn dogs, tuna tartare, beet salad, and oysters (east and west coast). For entrees, we split scallops, miso glazed chilean sea bass (I usually order this anywhere that has it), beef tenderloin, and dover sole. Of course, we got dessert. For the table, we had the most amazing warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies. They actually came with the root beer float but I requested just the cookies, because– seriously? Also, we had these doughnut zeppoli things and a chocolate pudding/red velvet mixture (not my fave). Dinner was yummy, but I was so full after.

Amanda, me and Nancy

We then attempted to gamble, and I would like to just give you the short version of my story since I am still a little sensitive to it. Joe gave me a game plan, and I followed. On roulette, I put $10 on 5 numbers and I won on #17. As roulette is 35 to 1, I won $350. I then decided to double it, feeling lucky, and lost, lost all the way to losing the $50 I started with. Then wasted another $50. This is why I don’t gamble. I am a “win and walk away” person, but since I followed Joe’s plan, I ended up losing. This is also why we had a free massage when Joe and I went to Aruba–I walked away on a win and used the money for a couples massage! Okay, so there’s my sad sad story and it’s over with. Moving on…

We hung out at the Casino and had a drink at one of the bars, but the smoke inside started to get to me so by 1:30 I was up in the room. It was still a really fun night!

Me, Nancy, Amanda, Carrie, and Megan

We woke up, got Starbucks (necessary),had breakfast (I got dippy eggs, being that I was in the mood for them the last week or so), and got on the road. I knew I was going to head the to gym as soon as I got home because I just felt weighed down from all of the food that I ate the night before.


I unpacked and went right to the gym. I did abs for 30 minutes and had a spurt of energy. I ended up doing a cardio workout similar to yesterday. I did intervals of running for 2 minutes, sprinting for 30 seconds, and in between doing that for 10 minutes, I did a 5 minute 9.5 incline walk. It felt so good and I went for a full hour! I think the fact that I brought my iPhone for a change and played the “Robyn” station on Pandora, helped. I was dripping, but still did my leg workout because Friday is the only day of the week I lift lower body. I run a lot so I don’t feel like I need to lift  my legs two times a week as I do my upper body.

I froze some strawberries before I left to make another smoothie bowl when I got home.

Chocolate covered strawberry in disguise

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk
  • frozen strawberries
  • pinch xanath gum
  • 1/2 tablespoon Hershey’s dark cocoa powder

I love using frozen fruit as a substitute for ice. I added some honey to sweeten and dug in! As usually, creamy goodness. I’m now just enjoying some green tea–trying to use antioxidants to cleanse a little from last night. I actually don’t feel as bad as I though I would.

Tomorrow I am volunteering all day for my friend’s charity group, so I’m off to get a good night’s rest!