Thirsty Thursday: Gloria Skinny Jeans

No booze here this week. This Thirsty Thursday sip won’t help you unwind from a long week, but it will keep you motivated for whatever else you need to get through this week. That being said, this would probably be pretty tasty if you added a shot of Kahlua…

Growing up in a small town, the nearest shopping mall was about an hour away. This meant that all aspects of going shopping were a real treat. Sure American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Vanity were awesome, but even more exciting was the food court. Cinnamon sugar pretzel from Auntie Anne’s? Spaghetti from Sbarro? McNuggets from McDonald’s? Oh yeah, I wanted it all. Fast food was simply not an option back home.

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I’ll admit though, it was difficult to find any fast food to meet my ultra picky eating criteria. No cheese, no red meat, minimal bread, extra pasta, no seasoning, etc. Ugh, I was such a pain!

One thing that was always right up my alley was a Mocha Chiller from Gloria Jean’s. Chocolatey, ice cold, topped with a pound of whipped cream…mmmmmm. My favorite was Cookies ‘N Cream but I also remember a Banana Split Chiller that I can’t seem to find on their website. I haven’t been to GJ’s in years but I’m sure it’s still up on their menu board. While I can’t find any definitive nutritional information on GJ’s website, I know that these tasty treats rang in around 600 each. 600 calories for a coffee drink?! Okay, we all know I didn’t drink these for the caffeine. I drank them because they tasted like an ice cream treat. And apparently had about as many calories.

By accident a couple of weeks ago, I made something really similar tasting to my beloved old friend the Banana Split Mocha Chiller. With half the calories, all of the flavor & an added protein boost, this treat has quickly become my favorite breakfast on the go.

**Sidenote: I just got tooootally distracted/motivated and spent the past 3 hours cleaning our couch, dusting, vacuuming, rearranging all of our living room furniture & consequently spot cleaning the previously well hidden stains on our carpet. Now back to blogging!

So the next time you’re craving a calorie-laden “coffee” drink from your favorite coffee joint, try this one instead. After all, autumn is just around the corner & nothing goes better with new fall boots than a pair of dark wash skinny jeans. ;)

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 sliced & frozen banana
2/3 cup cold coffee
1/4 cup milk (I used Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Coconut Almond Breeze)
1+ tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tbsp peanut butter
3-4 strawberries
small handful dark chocolate chips

Throw it all in the blender, hit the button & let it spin until it’s a nice, smooth consistency.

Enjoy!

It’s been a busy week so I missed the boat on WIAW but eats this week have been simple & somewhat repetitive.

Lots of oats:

Plus muffins:

Simple skillet dinner:

Simple cheeseburgers:

And just now, cheeseburger salad(??):

I have a long night at work ahead of me, followed by a mid shift tomorrow. More baking is in store for the weekend, as well as a surprise party for a friend. Next week brings about some changes for me. Good changes. I’ll share soon, promise.

Hope you’re having a great week!

My cleaning got me thinking about a conversation I had with my mom last week. Do you dust or vacuum first? Consider both options: Dust first & then vacuum up the dust? Or vacuum first & then clean up the dust you’ve just conjured up from the carpet? Today I realized that I sort of vacuum before AND after dusting. Not intentionally. It’s just that I have cleaning ADD so I start out vacuuming, get distracted with dusting & then run the vacuum over everything once more.

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