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Smoothie for YOUR Needs!


I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #ReliefMadeEasy #CollectiveBias

I was a Cardiology nurse for over twenty years. That means very low fat, vegetarian if you can do it. But I’ve seen all the diets (I refuse to call them ‘fads’ because they work for some folks) come and go. The Zone, Adkins, Keto, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Lactose-Free, whatever. But the words of a now-retired Cardiologist always ring in my ears when I hear about something wonderful, new, and healthy: “All things in moderation.”

That said, here’s a recipe everyone can modify for their own needs. Smoothies are great if you’re in a rush in the morning, but they’re also a great option if you aren’t able to take a lunch break (Hello, fellow, nurses!) or if you’re a parent shuffling between rehearsals, practices, meetings, study sessions, and whatever else. I don’t have that option since I must take in sixty grams of protein a day or I risk my hair falling out! How’s that for motivation? YIKES!

(Pardon my crappy photo-shopping – but you get the idea!)

So let’s down to business: I need a different smoothie Every. Single. Day. Some days I know I haven’t had enough protein, and I need to boost that. Some days I’m constipated (let’s just be real here) and I need something that won’t keep me in the bathroom all day. Some days I just feel queasy and need something tasty, tummy-calming, nutritious, and small.

So I read up a bit, and decided on a grocery list. I was going to Kroger – my usual stop at the end of my street – so I checked to see if there were any coupons to be printed. JACKPOT! (And this link is good everywhere, on any MiraLAX® product y’all!)

I already had some of my go-to smoothie items at home, so this is what ended up in my cart (plus some glucosamine for my elderly dog and husband. Husband and dog, I mean):

Now, not to tell my guys’ secrets, but fast food is not good for the gut. #justsayin  Nor is my lifestyle or most of my meds *sigh*.  So if you want to have something safe and easy to use for that occasional constipation we all experience now and then for whatever reason HERE is what y’all need: MiraLAX®

If you haven’t bought this before this is the aisle where you’ll find it:

Odds are, it won’t be far from the pharmacy.

If it is, or if you’re unsure if it’s safe for you to take with your prescription medications, ask the Pharmacy folks. They are your besties for not only your prescriptions meds, but for the non-prescription ones as well. #LOVEKrogerPharmacists They worked long and hard for their degrees, so they truly appreciate honest questions. Such as, “Is there a difference between the dosage of the MiraLAX® Mix-In Pax and the regular MiraLAX®?” Answer: “NO.” So put it in your morning shake, tuck in your messenger bag, whatever suits you best.

Once I got home, this is what I put together for my shake:

Here’s my recipe:

  • one cup vanilla yogurt
  • one medium banana (as brown as possible) – sliced
  • 1/4 serving chocolate protein drink (more if you’re a chocolate addict)
  • 1 Tbsp peanut powder (optional – I’m a PB addict)

Tip: You can add MiraLAX® for relief for occasional constipation.

Blend in a blender, shake in a big cup, do whatever you would do to get a smoothie. Some people like ice. I prefer not because it makes my teeth hurts and makes me grumpy. If you’re grumpy even without the ice add cooled coffee. Or your physician-prescribed morning meds. #justsayin.


  • Calories: 295 (WHAT?!)
  • Grams fat: 3.5 (WTCardiology?)
  • Grams PROTEIN *drumroll*: 21 (mic drop)
  • Grams carbs: 41 (from yogurt and banana)

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I don’t often use my big blender because I’m lazy and it takes up too much space in the dishwasher. #lazybutt So I use this small one. But once it’s all said and done and I screw on the cover for drinking (as if I’ve never drunk out of a Mason jar before – LOL!) This is what it looks like:

Now this is scrumptious stuff, so why would you want to drink it out of plastic? Put in something pretty and garnish it!

OK, full disclosure here. I hadn’t planned a garnish. But there was more in the plastic container than would fit attractively in the glass, so I drank it. And it was WAY yummy! And that made me want more so I scrounged around in the banana peel. Since I’d peeled it from the bottom (like monkeys do) there were none of those little strings – ICK! There was just one perfect little slice. GARNISH!

So this summer keep your options open. Smoothies are super-easy and can be pre-prepped and put in zip-locks before blending. There are lots of yummy ripe fruits, plenty of non-dairy options for yogurt or milk, and a handy option for those “oh, bleh” days. WATERMELON! Does anyone else see a watermelon smoothie in their near future? #OHYEAH

Put a pack or two into your spouse’s laptop bag. Sneak a few of the Mix-In packets into your young adult’s first-aid kit before they return to college. They’ll be thankful, but they probably won’t tell you. #parentlife And since MiraLAX® isn’t a stimulant laxative that works by forcefully stimulating the nerves in the colon #majorICK there will be no rushing out of an important meeting/class or scampering to the restroom on the far side of the store/office. Just follow the directions on the bottle or box/packet  (i.e. Use only once a day and for no more than seven days in a row) and you’ll be, um . . . #GOODTOGO. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!



Accidentally Delicious Southwest Pasta Salad

What happens when you have a bowl of leftover pasta and about half the ingredients a recipe calls for?  This does!
southwest pasta
We ate this scrumptious salad hot the night I made it, and then cold the next night – easy, frugal, and delicious!  My big ‘Oops’ was grabbing a can of what I thought was corn at the grocery.  It turned out to be Golden Hominy.  In my defense, it did have a picture of an ear of corn on the label.  And I was having a really bad pain day when I went grocery shopping.  But by the time I realized my mistake I had already cooked the chicken, and it was too late to thaw anything else.

2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/2 box pasta of your choice, cooked and drained
1/2 cup salsa
1 can chopped tomatoes with green chilies, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can golden hominy, drained
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup sour cream

Combine and serve hot or cold. Makes eight main-course servings.

I think this is going to be my go-to potluck dish this summer!

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I’m linking up with The Mommy Club Resources and Solutions and Whatever Goes Wednesday.

Cowgirls and Angels and Hot Browns!

Last night was cold and wet, and we were all in the mood for some comfort food and some time snuggling up with the dogs on the sofa to watch a movie.  We rented Cowgirls and Angels from Redbox,

which was a very sweet movie that had been recommended by Couch Critics.  Planning an early night, we didn’t eat at the table, we just filled our plates and ate while watching the movie (I know, I know, but we were tired!)

I made my Aunt Beverly’s Hot Browns, which are easy to make and outrageously delicious.


Kentucky Hot Brown

  • 6 slices bread, toasted and sliced diagonally
  • 12 oz. thick-sliced turkey breast (this is the best I’ve found so far)
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 8 strips half-cooked or pre-cooked bacon
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups scalded milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt butter and whisk in flour (do not brown). Remove from heat and chill.
  2. Heat milk and broth (do not boil). Add hot mixture to chilled flour mixture, and whisk until thickened.
  3. Add salt, pepper, and cheese until melted.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Assemble Hot Browns in a 9×13 pan in the following order: toast, turkey, sauce, and bacon.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbly.

This also freezes well. Enjoy!

If you’d like to follow along on my shopping trip to Walmart for Hot Brown supplies and a movie please do so!

I am a member of the Collective BiasTM Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective BiasTM #CBias #SocialFabric

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