A Dinner Shake

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. Here’s to shaking things up!


In our home, I carry the spatula and Ken wields the blender. When the going gets busy, Ken gets busier. Juice, smoothies, aguas frescas. Once, in the mid-summer, he blended the most glorious pesto made from walnuts and Queen Anne’s Lace from our weedy backyard.

Today, this:

1 banana
1 spoonful of almond butter
1 handful of spinach
1 tsp uncooked steel-cut oats
1 scoop of Burt’s Bees Protein Shake (vanilla)
1/2 avocado
1/3  tsp cinnamon
1/3 tsp pumpkin spice
1 cup of ice

Blend, enjoy.

Our household has always run on sheer simplicity. I cycle through dinner recipes time and again, rotating our favorite seasonal foods and similar pairings over and over (and over). I walk the same aisles in our grocery each week, scooping up our mental list of regular staples. Once boredom strikes, Ken offers a small shift into the direction of newness. Wanna shake things up? he says.

He means literally.

To be fair, I’d never thought of myself as a protein shake kind of gal. But, when Ken blends you something, you take it, you say thank you, and you drink it empty.

It is always delicious.

You’ve likely read this in the book, but Ken and I first fell in love over a mushroom pasta recipe in the kitchen of an old mansion, with an old stove, on an old college campus. It’s the oldest story ever told: We cook. We chat. We fall in love. Dinner burns.

And on some days, like today, it occurs to me that our story still rings true nearly thirteen years later – in our very own kitchen that Ken built with his two hands and a brilliant mind. We cook. We chat. We fall in love. And when dinner burns, when the going gets rough, when things are busy and full and loud and chaotic, Ken gets to work saving the day, blending something new, shaking things up, shifting us into the direction of something else.

(It is always delicious.)








  • I’ve never gotten on to these drinks but my teen and I are experimenting with food prep, etc. You’ve made this look delicious and she loves avocados. Such an attractive container you’re drinking from. Now, where to buy or borrow a blender. :)

    • I love avocadoes, too! Our favorite blender is a Blendtec. It’s a total investment, but we use it so often and it’s super powerful! Hasn’t failed us yet. ;)

  • I am always on the look out for a new healthy smoothie recipe, so was excited to make this for breakfast just now:). one thing I noticed was the recipe didn’t call for any liquids (besides ice). I ended up adding a cup of almond milk as my blender would not mix everything so dry. Is the measurement for the oats what you put in too? 1 tsp seems so small to make any impact but maybe not? This texture is super creamy with the avocado! I am enjoying the taste the more I drink it as well. Thanks for sharing this!!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this! We didn’t add any liquid, but we also have a fairly powerful blender. And I love the idea of adding in more oats! We just liked a little for the texture. :) Isn’t it so fun to experiment?

  • My body has been craving a healthy shake lately! I saw that Burt’s Bees had just come out with this and was intrigued. Will definitely try your (or Ken’s) recipe!

  • Such a sweet story💜 And love this smoothie combo! A similar one to this is a favourite in our house these days too – toddler, preschooler, and dad approved:)

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