A review and a recipe- The Aviator's Wife & Watermelon Banana Protein Soft-Serve
Oh my, can you believe there are only 2 more days left of May…wowsers!
Today, I’m packing a bunch of stuff into one post. We have a giveaway winner, a book review and the perfect recipe for cooling off this summer.
Let’s start with a very yummy recipe. I actually had this Watermelon Banana Protein Soft Serve as my lunch the other day, but it’s perfect as a post-workout snack or even dessert.
Looks are a little deceiving looking at the bowl, but if you look at the picture of the spoon, you can see just how thick this soft serve is. Sip it with a large straw or do what I did and top it with a handful of Trader Joe’s Strawberry Yogurt O’s and eat it with a spoon.
Watermelon Banana Protein Soft Serve (makes one large meal-size serving or two smaller servings)
1.5 cups watermelon, frozen (If you don’t have frozen watermelon, just add ice for desired consistency.)
1/2 banana, fresh or frozen
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use MRM, which has no artificial ingredients.)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp xantham gum
1 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla.)
Blend all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!
I had great results using frozen watermelon and fresh banana. I think this recipe would still be great without the protein powder, but I haven’t personally tried it. The chia seeds and xantham gum are optional, but recommended to really give this the consistency of soft serve yogurt.
Now for that book review…. I’ve been
reading listening to the Aviator’s Wife, by Melanie Benjamin for what seems like forever. It’s a pretty long read.
The Aviator’s Wife is the love story of the “real life” couple, Charles Lindbergh and his wife Ann Morrow. For those of you who aren’t aware who Charles Lindbergh is, he was the first person to make a solo transatlantic airplane flight and did much more over the course of his life. As the author states in the epilogue of the book, all of the facts in this book are true, but the feelings of the characters are assumed.
As you can guess from the title, the story mostly revolves around and is told from the voice of Anne Morrow. Anne was an amazingly strong and very wise woman. I loved that, even though, Charles was the famous one; the story mainly focuses on Anne. Knowing that this was a real story of someone’s life made the story way more interesting than it would have been, had it not been written from true accounts. The characters and knowing that they were real people kept me drawn to the story. During the course of reading the novel, I stopped reading many times just to google photos of the characters.
This book has peaks and valleys. There are parts of the book that are completely enthralling, but there are other parts that drag on and it is a very long book. If you’re a super quick reader and enjoy a good historical fiction, then this just might be a great book for you, but if you get bored easily and want a quick read, this probably isn’t the best book for you. I liked and enjoyed the book, but I didn’t love it.
And last, I’m very happy to announce the winner of this great non-slip headband is……
Something to think about…..
Have you ever read The Aviator’s Wife? Do you enjoy historical fictions?
Are you a smoothie lover? Ever have a smoothie as your main meal?
What’s your favorite fruit to add into your smoothie?
Have a wonderful Thursday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow with my favorites from May!