Road Trip Series: The First Drink

Days like today, I could really use a DeLorean and 1.21 gigawatts to get back to this morning. My kids sucked my time away like I was a giant Pixie Straw today. If I’m not cooking for them, I’m cleaning up after the cooking or wiping their ketchup chins. They eat all the time, they are always hungry. I can’t believe I don’t have two fat Maury Povich babies. I should be on stage defending myself by saying, “If I don’t give him the Kentucky Fried Chicken, he cries!”

Alas, they are both asleep and I am just now able to sit down and talk to you. Ah, you. Have I told you lately that I love you? When I cook for you, there are no crumbs or sticky condiments to wipe up afterwards. Thank you for not complaining that ___________(insert any food) has little _________(insert any color here) spots or specks. Of course I love my children, but sometimes I wonder if they have a bit of Tasmanian Devil or woodchuck DNA. Well, only Max seems to have the woodchuck tendencies of chewing crunchy fruits or vegetables into little diced bites, before spitting them all back out onto the plate.

We were going to talk about more road trip food today, make that tonight.

The first thing I am always wanting when I hit the road is, a giant coffee. My mind is in vacation mode and has already decided that a Venti mocha is an acceptable road companion. It isn’t until an hour or so later, when the only things I can think of are bathrooms and spin class. While the caffeine and sugar help to pop my sleepy eyes open, they also play games with my nerves, which are stuck in the seated position for the foreseeable  future.

What works well? A coffee smoothie! You get the caffeine, but you prevent the crazy rave from visiting your nervous system by adding in some protein. Quick 90210 insert here…

Whenever I talk about raves, I am reminded of the episode of Beverly Hills 90210 (the O.G. of 90210’s) where the kids of West Beverly hit a convenience store to get the secret rave address. They are only privy to the information if they brought the secret prop, an egg. My friend Karla would always giggle about this episode.

The hardest part of this drink is remembering to freeze the banana the night before. Brew your coffee stronger than you typically drink it. Even better, if you have a Keurig, use the iced drink setting. If you don’t have the coffee brewed a bit stronger, it will be watered down by the rest of the smoothie and you’ll end up driving through Starbucks anyway. This is enough to make 1 big, fat drink. If you are travelling with another adult, make an extra, I promise they will want to share. And I don’t share drinks.


Coffee Smoothie
Recipe Type: Drinks
Author: Food It Forward
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Serves: 1
  • 1 cup cold brewed coffee
  • 1 small banana (frozen)
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder
  • 1 cup chocolate milk (can be almond or other type if desired)
  • 1-2 T. creamy peanut butter (depending on your love of the p.b.)
  • ice
  1. Freeze bananas the night before. Blend. Drink.

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