silk soymilk smoothie.

by Janetha on April 17, 2015

in recipes

(i just love alliteration.)

one thing i will tell you about breastfeeding (and, yes, i am still planning to do a post dedicated to it!) is that i am CONSTANTLY hungry. like, teenage boy after football practice starving.. at all times. i had heard that would happen, but you don’t fully understand it until you are living it.

since my life is go, go, go these days.. i have really fallen into some bad nutritional habits. too much sugar, too many processed and packaged foods, and not nearly enough protein. my food choices have left me sluggish (especially when paired with the whole no sleep thing) and the food i do eat doesn’t stick with me long enough before getting super hungry again.

back in the day, i was a smoothie junkie. i usually had one protein shake a day, sometimes two (breakfast and then post-workout.) last weekend, we were cleaning out our garage and marshall pointed out a whole box of protein powder. he’s like, “so this has been sitting here for, like, three years, untouched.” he was kinda right. it had only been sitting out there ten months.. but the point was made. i haven’t been using protein powder at all lately. and i should definitely be getting more protein in my diet each day.

so, this week, i decided to challenge myself to having one protein shake a day. i bought some silk soymilk to pump up the protein content even more.

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i sometimes feel silly sharing a smoothie recipe, but then i realize i often find myself googling new ideas myself for smoothie recipes.. so i may as well share my current favorite with you!


  • 8 ounces silk soymilk (vanilla or original)
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 a medium banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 5 ice cubes


  1. blend all the ingredients and enjoy!
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easy as that, right?

fox loves it, too. :)


i chose this soymilk because no other dairy-free milk brand contains as much protein. it has 8 grams per serving. when paired with a serving of protein powder, this smoothie packs 30 grams of protein, which is much more than my usual bowl of oatmeal. (however, i did include oatmeal in the smoothie because it promotes lactation. oh, the joys of being a milk-maker.)

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i added spinach because i seriously struggle getting any greens into my life these days.

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a banana adds potassium and also lends a creamy consistency to the smoothie. blueberries are low on the glycemic index and are high in vitamin C.

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basically, i am trying to get as many nutrients into this shake as i can, since lately i have been grabbing a chocolate chip cookie for my drive to work.. and that just isn’t cutting it. (and, yes, i regularly have been eating one or two chocolate chip cookies on the way to work.. and they aren’t even lactation cookies. i am dumb.)

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i know soymilk has kind of fallen by the wayside thanks to other types of milk (almond, hemp, coconut) but i really do enjoy the flavor of soymilk, especially the vanilla variety. it is great in a smoothie or (my favorite) over a bowl of cereal. plus, it has no cholesterol, saturated fat, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. i am trying to be more mindful of my nutrition after seriously slacking off.. and so i feel great knowing silk soymilk is good for me.

silk is offering a coupon to everyone right now as a part of their “fall back in love with soy” campaign. to get your hands on one, head to their website!

in other news, it’s friday! hooray! you know i live for my weekends. we have a family birthday party, a park date, and a few other fun things planned. i hope you enjoy yours, whatever you end up doing.


1. how much protein do you aim for each day?

2. what’s your favorite smoothie “recipe”?

xo. janetha g.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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hey! happy friday!

i am so excited to share this recipe & giveaway with you today, so let’s just cut to the chase. yes—i liked this product so much that i don’t even want to ramble about anything else. that’s when you know it’s a good one.

as you may know, i have worked with general mills a bit in the past. they contacted me about a unique product: pasta made out of lentils.. and nothing else. what?!

i was intrigued by this and so when the package showed up on my door yesterday, i used it immediately. like, within 20 minutes of bringing the box in from my doorstep! it just worked out wonderfully that we were planning to have pasta last night. it’s like it was fate.

uddo’s kitchen red lentil penne has only one ingredient. one. and, duh, it’s red lentils.

this means the pasta is packed with protein (14 grams per serving!) and it is gluten free. it’s also non-GMO and a good source of iron.

penne is one of my favorite noodle shapes, so i was excited about trying this pasta. i love the way the middle of the noodles fill up with sauce. pasta is a great dish to make because it’s so versatile. the one i made last night was full of tasty ingredients!

i used fresh mushrooms and spinach along with some italian chicken sausage.


i cheated a little bit on the sauce and used a jarred one, but i fancied it up with a few other ingredients.


this meal came together super quick! the penne takes about ten minutes to cook, and i was able to throw together the other ingredients in a saucepan while the noodles were cooking.

i baked a loaf of (frozen) garlic bread in the meantime, and the whole meal came together in just twenty minutes!

red lentil penne with sausage, spinach & mushroom.
serves four


  • 8 ounces (225 grams) uddo’s kitchen red lentil penne
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • one package (of five) cooked & diced italian chicken sausages (or other protein add-in of choice.. 1 lb of grilled chicken or ground beef would be great.. or you could leave it out completely because the penne is already so protein-packed!)
  • 6 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 clove/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup artichoke tapenade (or you could sub in jarred quartered artichoke hearts)
  • salt & pepper


  1. cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. in a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. add sausages (or whatever you are using) and brown just a bit.
  3. add mushrooms and saute until they are soft.
  4. add spinach and saute until it is wilted.
  5. stir in garlic, oregano, basil, marinara, and artichoke tapenade. warm through.
  6. stir in pasta and warm through. season with salt & pepper according to taste.
  7. enjoy!


so, marshall wasn’t quite home from work when i was making this dish. he knew we were having penne, but he didn’t know i had received the red lentil penne. i decided to not mention it to see if he noticed a difference.

as he was eating, he said it was really good. i asked if he noticed anything about the pasta. he ate a few pieces of it solo and tried to determine if there was anything different. he simply stated that it was really good penne. i revealed to him that it was actually made of lentils, and he couldn’t believe it!

it really is tasty pasta. the texture is a little more dense than regular pasta, and the flavor is great. we both couldn’t believe that it is made from red lentils and nothing else. the delicious flavor paired with the nutritional profile basically make it the best pasta on the planet. for real.

i said before that this penne is gluten free. i am not personally gluten free, but i have tried gluten free pasta before and i was not a fan of the weird texture. so if you have a gluten free diet, you need to RUN to the store and get this. you will love it.

oh, you might wonder what store to run to. uddo’s kitchen red lentil pasta is available nationwide at sam’s club and you can also find it at costco in the midwest.

or you can try your luck and enter my giveaway to win two CASES of this delicious stuff. yep, one lucky winner will receive six boxes of uddo’s kitchen red lentil penne!

enter using the rafflecopter widget below. the giveaway will run for a week!


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i am so thrilled to have discovered this delicious new-to-me pasta! since we loved it more than regular penne, we will be using it in all our penne dishes from here on out.

have a great weekend!

xo. janetha g.

this post is sponsored by uddo’s kitchen. all opinions are my own.

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