Thick & Creamy Strawberry Banana Protein Shake

It’s almost here! The Paleo Kitchen book tour begins TOMORROW! It’s crazy exciting. I just wish we could go to more places in this first trip BUT we will go on more trips throughout the summer so hopefully we will be able to hit a city near you!!

Here is a list of places we will be in the next week!

Tuesday June 10th 2014 in Colorado
Event Location: Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch at 7pm – 9315 Dorchester St, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 – Discussion, Q&A and Book Signing

Wednesday June 11th 2014 – Seattle, WA – Event Location: Ravenna Third Place Books at 7:00pm – 6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA  98115 – Reading and Signing

Thursday June 12th 2014– Portland, OR area – Event Location: Costco #111 – Tigard at 5:30-7:30pm – 7850 SW DARTMOUTH, Tigard, OR 97223 – Reading and Signing

Saturday June 14th 2014 – San Diego, CA – Event Location: Costco #488 – Mission Valley at 1:00-3:00pm – 2345 FENTON PKWY, San Diego, CA 92108 – Discussion and Signing

Monday June 16th 2014 – New York City – Event Location: Broadway Panhandler at 5:30-7:00pm – 65 E. 8th Street, New York, NY 10003- Cooking Demo and Signing

My stomach is starting to get a bit knotted thinking about not seeing Jackson for that long. As you probably know by now, I’m obsessed with that dog. I have truly never loved something so much. I came home from running errands the other day and every time I let Jackson out of his kennel, I sit on the floor with him and rub his belly and tell him how wonderful he is while he wiggles his butt with excitement. Well, I was doing my normal loving act and the boyfriend came home with one of his friends and I didn’t notice them until they pushed the bedroom door open and stared at me like I was a complete, utter weirdo. Which I am, but it’s still a bit humiliating. I know other people do the same thing. They have to. How can you not be as excited as the dog is every time you see them? I think it’s normal. Anywho, I’m going to miss the crap out of him.

Speaking of Jackson, he’s developed an odd and unattractive habit: he barks at little kids. He’s not around them a ton, but he still sees them at the gym and has played with them in the past with no issue. Then one day, he just started barking at them and backing away like he doesn’t like them. I don’t get it. My first thought is that he doesn’t like how small they are and kids tend to pet dogs in a non fun way. But I don’t really know. I’m hoping this habit goes away with time and being around more kids, but have any of you had to deal with this annoying quality in your dog? I need advice. Or maybe a dog whisperer.

OMG. They have chocolate cinnamon toast crunch cereal nowadays. I’m not going to even act like that doesn’t sound amazing.


Thick & Creamy Strawberry Banana Protein Shake

  • Yield: 1-2 1x




  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Drink.

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29 thoughts on “Thick & Creamy Strawberry Banana Protein Shake”

  1. This looks delicious! So funny you mention the kid comment as my English Bulldog started this as well. He is good with select kids but gets nervous and barks. Interested to hear advice, I need help too! At 2.5 years he started barking like crazy at cars and when people come to our door. Frustrating as once he settles he’s awesome, its just getting past the weird phase.

  2. I love that you are slightly obsessed with Jackson! As a momma of 2 completely awesome french bulldogs – I totally get it! oh – and of course this recipe looks yummy too!! enjoy your road trip- can’t wait for my book to arrive!!

  3. My lab started being afraid of little kids too – specifcally little boys. Ours was caused by a boy at our box being mean to him while we weren’t watching. It took him longer than I would like to get over it, but what helped was whenever we saw a little kid that wanted to pet him, we would make him sit down, and we would crouch by his head and hold his collar and pet his head, and tell the little kid to come up slowly and pet his back gently. Then we would let him turn and sniff them once they had been petting him for a bit. That seemed to help get him to trust them again. Good luck!! That is a scary one, because if something were to happen, it doesn’t matter who’s fault it is, that will just be a bad situation.

  4. Will you have books available for purchase at your signings? I didn’t pre-order one, and now I’m not sure I’d get it before the signing without paying a ton for expedited shipping.

  5. Ooh this one is right up my alley! I work for Victoria Stilwell, who has a dog training show called “It’s Me or the Dog” on Animal Planet. We deal with stuff like this all the time!

    The most important thing to remember is that when a dog reacts like that, it comes from a place of insecurity. A confident dog doesn’t need to be reactive. Jackson is at the PERFECT age to turn this behavior around before it escalates. Don’t let anyone convince you this is a “dominance” issue that needs to be “corrected”–that’s just a bunch of crap based in outdated theory that looks good on TV.

    Anyways, I’m going to email you some more info and a recommendation for an AWESOME force-free trainer in Denver. I would recommend a puppy class for socialization and a couple private lessons–you will thank yourself later!!

    The idea is to teach him that children approaching means good things happen, but it has to be done VERY slowly. You’d start in a quiet area having one child approach from a distance that’s far enough away that Jackson doesn’t react, reward him, and then let him walk away. (You can google BAT training if you want to read more about this) You build this up until the child gets closer and closer, etc. It’s really technical which is why hiring a trainer would be an awesome idea.

    The good news is you can totally get this under control. Sorry for the essay but I hope it helps 🙂 Love everything you do!

  6. All puppies go through “fear stages”- search it, it will make you feel better. I have a small breed as well and he was scared of the wind blowing for awhile, no lie. They go through 2-3 of them and they pass. Just keep up with the socialization 🙂

  7. This drink looks delicious. Really though, all that talk about coffee and coconut cream going together – you convinced me. Now in the morning when I’m writing, I’m not starving for breakfast because the coconut cream in my coffee is so filling. I added mint leaves today for fun. Thanks!

  8. My dog was scared of little kids when she was a puppy, so I always got them to offer and hand feed her small treats. She loves kids now and is very polite around them. Which is good, as I now have 2 of my own!

  9. My dog hates kids also. Like HATES. For no freaking reason haha I think their high pitched voices and the fact that they’re always moving fast makes her nervous.

  10. I TOTALLY get how you feel about Jackson. I feel the same way about my Lola. I have two teenage daughters who constantly roll their eyes at me over the fool I make of myself with that dog.

    The other day, we were driving around (we live in Santa Fe) and they were baiting each other about who was the favorite. Without missing a beat I said “Lola”.

    I’m still in the dog house. 🙂 But I’m with Lo, so, it’s ok.

  11. This looks yummy, thanks for sharing! And I hope all goes well with the book tour. How incredibly exciting!!!

    And hopefully it’s just a phase with Jackson. Any kids you can borrow to help him get over his fear/anxiety? Maybe some time with kids will do the trick esp if they give him lots of treats;) Good luck with the training and the tour!

  12. I honestly love my Boxer more than anything and when I come home to her, I’m just as happy to see her as she is to see me. Sure, I’ve heard trainers say that you should be calm and cool when greeting your dog but how can I do that when she is too damn cute and lovable!

  13. My Boston X, used to bark at them and the more she’s around them she’s much better but she’s still kinda wary. For example is a small child she doesn’t know at all tries to just grab her she kinda freaks and runs off or to me and wants me to pick her up (which she loathes because she’s just a wiggle butt 😉 ). I think she just thinks tiny humans are just odd and is very suspicious hahaha!

  14. Just wondered if you have any problems with the xylitol in the protein powder? Can’t figure out which sugar alcohol is the one that causes bloating.

  15. Love the recipe and I need to try the Formulx ASAP. In coffee?! Get out. Our Yorkie is not a child lover. It’s definitely because they move quickly, are loud and unpredictable. We are working w/him daily…which would be so much easier if parents of small ones would respectfully accept when we tell them HE DOES NOT LIKE CHILDREN. I can’t tell you the number of people that will send their child over anyway “Aww! He’s so small…I’m sure he’s fine!” Look of shock as snarling and cowering begins. UGH.

  16. Great smoothie! I loved it. This will be an addition to my recipe box. I added almond and coconut milk in mine.

  17. This may be a weird idea but you know how dogs can sense illness? I wonder if dogs can sense kids with poor nutrition and inflamed guts. Or even the aggression and adrenaline surges from violent video games?? Maybe the dog is communicating that he feels safer at home where things are healthier and more chill. I don’t know. I have dog who was abused( I think) and I was never able to train her fear of strangers out of her. We let her in our own back yard and when my son walks her if a kid wants to pet her my son has to say NO! we also put her in a separate room when people come over. It makes me pretty nervous sometimes as she actually did nip the vet tech once.

  18. Do you ever swap a meal with a smoothie with formulx powder? I work out at 7:30pm every night and sometimes I just want something light that I can have instead of an actual meal. I saw you wrote that you’ll have this as a snack, so I’m just curious!

    1. sometimes i do for breakfast because i’m not always very hungry in the morning. problem is, I’m hungry pretty early. i prefer to have it more as a snack than an actual meal replacement.

  19. Really getting into the smoothie thing lately, as our kitchen is out of order (my awesome husband is remodeling it). This is another GREAT recipe!! Thank you!!!

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