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Good Day PA: Pumpkin Spice Smoothies & Tips

You know smoothies can be a fast and healthy breakfast. But, they can also be messy, require a little planning, and you want to be sure they fill you and your family up til lunch time. Here are smoothie tips to get you full and out the door fast.  And, a tasty recipe for a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie and my new favorite Cocoa Cherry Smoothie.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  • 1 chopped apple or 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon nut butter
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup ice cubes
Whirl it all up!

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

1 cup frozen cherries
1 scoop chocolate + greens protein powder (I like Vega-protein)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
handful walnuts or almonds
Add some extra ice to make it super thick
Blend & Go!

On the Go Smoothie Tips:

Use a wide mouth glass jar
Get a straw-friendly lid
Cover with a thick sock
Make ahead & freeze

Blender Tips:

Add liquid first, enough to cover the blades
Use frozen fruit-they make it extra thick and creamy which can make you feel fuller
Sneak in a handful of  greens or one carrot
Start blender on low, gradually increase speed

Fill-You-Up Smoothie Ingredients

Nut butter or handful of nuts
Protein Powder
Full fat coconut milk

Good Day PA: Cilantro Pesto Nachos vs. Mac ‘n Cheese Nachos


Healthy Cilantro Pesto Chicken Nachos

Mac and cheese nachos
Soph making cheesy nachos

Cilantro Pesto

1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons lime juice

Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup olive oil

Mix everything together.

Pick your healthy base: Gluten-free corn chips, sweet potatoes, or cucumbers.

Load them up with grilled chicken. Top with the Cilantro Pesto. Then, add tomatoes, salsa, and guacamole. If you want, add a sprinkle of cheese and microwave to let it get melty.


Mac 'n Cheese Nachos
Mac ‘n Cheese Nachos

Mac n’ cheese Nachos

1 bag tortilla chips

1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed

Your favorite Mac n’ Cheese

1 tomato, diced

1 jalapeno, sliced, optional

1/2 cup torn cilantro leaves

1/2 cup of shredded cheese


Mac and cheese nachos
Soph and the abc27 gang gobbling up her mac and cheese nachos

Line a cookie sheet with parchment-totally for easy clean-up. Pre-heat oven to broil. Layer your chips, mac n cheese, and top with a healthy dose of shredded cheese. Put this under the broiler til your cheese is bubbly. Then, top with your favorite salsa, black beans, and guacamole.

Good Day PA: Summer Dips

Tomatoes are coming in. Basil and mint are blooming. It’s time to put the goods from your garden to use in your kitchen. I suggested to Soph we make summer dips from all the basil and mint we have growing. She said, “That’s great. But Amy and I like junk food.” So, our minty-yogurt dip starts out healthy and then goes all Willy Wonka as Amy and Soph add yummy things.

Minty Fruit Dip

  • 1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, strained
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
  • Optional: Marshmallows, chocolate chips, coconut, graham crackers
Strained Yogurt:
I like my yogurt EXTRA thick for dips. Start with Greek or regular yogurt. Put a coffee filter inside a fine, mesh strainer. Set it over top of a large bowl. Dollop the yogurt inside the coffee filter. Let it sit in the fridge for at least a few hours. I like to do it overnight. The extra liquid drains into the bowl leaving you with dip-worthy thick yogurt.

Bruschetta Recipe:

2-3 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1 Tbsp other chopped herbs, such as parsley and thyme
  • 8-10 chopped Kalamata olives
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Toss everything into a bowl! Better if you let it sit for a bit to let the flavors meld together. Serve with tiny toasts-as Soph calls them. Or great over grilled chicken or fish. The guys from the station were adding it to their “meat and cheese” salad.