Banana Spice Smoothie


As a continuation of my last post where I discussed my love of utilizing spices in the winter, I give you this smoothie recipe:

This is nothing new. I’m merely food trending right now based on what I’ve read a bunch of toher blogs recently. Apparently, the new food-fad is banana spiced smoothies. I just haphazardly concocted my own and hoped for the best. It’s not like you can really screw a smoothie up, right? You would hope so…

As someone who doesn’t really like bananas, I could never drink a smoothie that it just made from only bananas, so I wasn’t sure if adding a few spices and vanilla yogurt would be enough for me to like it. But I really enjoyed it and I think it’s because of a few flavor-changing spices.

Cinnamon = happiness.

Nutmeg= a little bit of happiness.

And now I am no longer deficient in potassium.

I will definitely be making this again soon!


  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • About 2 handfuls of ice cubes

Berry Smoothie


My favorite smoothie is simple: strawberries, blueberries and a banana made with Greek yogurt and a touch of honey.

Two of the main ingredients: bananas and blueberries gross me out like no other. I think blueberries are just funky and I don’t really care for them at all when eaten alone. And bananas are the bane of my fruit existence…if that even makes sense as I described here.

There’s no real science to this recipe: I just throw 1 whole banana, a handful of blueberries and a few strawberries into the blender with 1 cup of Greek yogurt (Trader Joe’s vanilla bean is my favorite) with a few ice cubes. I add in a little honey and blend.

I don’t care what anyone says–this is NOT a meal replacement. It’s barely a snack replacement. I had this last night and went to bed with my stomach growling. It’s tasty and healthy and all of that good stuff but it also leaves me wanting a slice of pizza an hour later.

What are your favorite fruit smoothies? I am trying to branch out a bit!

Sabrina’s Stuffed French Toast

One of my favorite things about Philadelphia is its abundance of stellar bruncheries. Sabrina’s is a staple in the city’s brunch scene. They have grown from a super tiny space on Christian Street in Bella Vista and now have two other locations in University City and my favorite in Fairmount.

Sabrina’s in Fairmount is where I first tried the Stuffed French Toast and oh my gosh, heaven in breakfast form appeared before me on the plate.  Sabrina’s is notorious for their weekly changing  specials and the above photo was a variation of the standard stuffed french toast on the  menu. Get ready to salivate:

Two slices of doughy, sweet, slightly gooey french toast sandwiched together and enveloping cream cheese, Nutella and sliced bananas, sitting in a pool of peach syrup and topped with french peaches. You can be jealous now.

This is SOOOO good that I didn’t even mind the bananas. And I hate bananas. When I say that, I mean that I cannot eat a banana without literally gagging. The texture, the mushiness, the smell…not my cup of tea. Ironically, I do love banana bread but probably because the other ingredients mask the banana enough for my taste. And once in a while when they are not the “star” of the dish, I can deal.

So major kudos to Sabrina’s for not only the best brunch l I have ever had, but for the much-needed potassium boost.

And so you don’t feel alone, know that I’m having oatmeal for breakfast today. So I’m right there with you in any food envy you might have right now…