This Peach Protein Smoothie is easy to make and can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. Great for on the go breakfast, snacks, or lunch. The tapioca pearls in your smoothie make for a sweet munchie at the end!
Yesterday was a tough day for me. When I got home from work, my baby boy Willy (my dog), looked horrible. His bones were defined along his backside, his abdomen was distended, and he was panting hard. So I immediately loaded him up and drove to my vet.
Things didn’t get much better from there. My vet didn’t give him a good diagnosis. I knew Willy was aging and I don’t expect him to live forever, but I really didn’t want to lose my baby boy so soon.
My vet gave him a shot of Lasix (a diuretic) for the swelling of his belly and trouble breathing which he said was from water retention in his belly for some reason. Plus he gave him an antibiotic because his temperature was elevated. I took Willy home and hoped for the best.
During the night I checked on him whenever I woke up and he was still panting hard and remained where I had left him hours before.
In the morning, he didn’t seem much better. He would only raise his head, if at all, until I went outside without him to feed my other two dogs.
That’s when I came in to find him sitting up (finally) and I helped him outside.
He looked 80% better than he had in the last few days. He actually ate his entire bowl of food! Something he hadn’t done in the last three days.
I like to refer to Willy as my toddler. He’s always been picky about his food. The other dogs gulp theirs down with no problem. Willy will turn his nose up at it. At this point, the only thing I can get him to eat is wet food only. He won’t touch dry food. And if he’s not hungry, he won’t eat at all.
On the other hand, my other two dogs will eat anything from cantaloupe, carrots, to pineapple and watermelon, including any type of dog food I put in front of them.
So as of now, Willy has to take Lasix twice a day along with another medication. He’s still close to the end, but without all the water retention around his belly. So now he can breathe easier, which makes it a little more comfortable for him.
Which is why I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen this week. But I did find time to make this delicious Peach Protein Smoothie (I told you I had a lot of peaches left!).
And still going strong with my love of tapioca pearls, I added them to my smoothie (did you expect me not too?). Oh, they make such a delightful munchie at the end of your smoothie!
I do recommend caution when adding cinnamon to your smoothie, which is why I placed it as optional in the list of ingredients. I usually add a dash or two of cinnamon into my peach smoothies. One day, I added 1/4 teaspoon instead of just a dash. Let me tell you from experience, that extra cinnamon makes a big difference in taste. I could not taste my peaches. At. All. It was more of a cinnamon smoothie than a peach smoothie.
So be warned, just a light dash of cinnamon. Unless you absolutely L-O-V-E cinnamon.
As always, if you do make this Peach Protein Smoothie, with or without the tapioca pearls, leave a comment below, or share it with me by tweeting me @sweetspicymonky, or tagging your Instagram with @sweetandspicymonkey, so I can see your smoothie creations. Happy Drinking!
This Peach Protein Smoothie is not only delicious but its also healthy! Easy to make, great for rushed mornings, healthy snacking, for a quick lunch, or a post-workout meal. Tapioca pearls turn this smoothie into a Boba smoothie with a sweet munch at the bottom of your glass.
- 18 ounces milk (you can use any kind – coconut, almond, cashew, cows)
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1/2 frozen banana, sliced
- 1 large peach, pitted and diced (about 2 cups)
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 cup oatmeal
- 3 teaspoons ground flax seeds
- 2 Tablespoons Chia seeds
- dash of cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 cup large black tapioca pearls (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon sugar or sugar replacement for tapioca pearls only (optional)
- Prepare tapioca pearls as directed on package. Drain with cool water after cooking. Pour into a small bowl and mix with 1 Tablespoon of sugar or sugar replacement (honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.) Set aside.
- Add all remaining ingredients into a high speed blender.
- Pulse on High until all ingredients are combined and fruit is pureed.
- If you want to add tapioca pearls, add into glass before pouring smoothie. Pour smoothie into 2 tall glasses.
- Garnish with a fresh peach slice.
- Tapioca pearls are optional, but they really add a nice little munch to your smoothie.
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