Introduction

          Hello there! Welcome to Riding With Esther! My name is Amelia, and I will be your guide through this blog. The life that I live is crazy, exciting, and delicious. I like to ride horses and watch sunsets. My favorite weather is rainy and cloudy, and my favorite ice cream flavor is cookie dough. The horse I have never seen but always dreamed about is named Esther, and she and I go on many journeys and try cooking all sorts of food. I hope you enjoy reading about our culinary, imaginary, literary, and lively adventures. The goal I have for this personal blog is that you, whoever and wherever you are, you will find our experiences helpful and hopefully just a bit inspiring. 

 

 

  P.S. I love watercolors, matte nails, ombre hair, sunsets, sunrises, sunshine, cookie dough, cheesecake, Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream with cheesecake core, vanilla, coconut cream cake, sugar snap peas, starbucks, cinnamon raisin bagels, coconut oil, shea butter, lavender essential oil, espresso, birds, getting motivated, getting inspired, getting excited, Disney movies, baby bunnies, baby porcupine, deer, albino tigers, bangs, forelocks, gypsy vanner horses, pretty much any draft horse, white noise machines, the color white, the color mint, the color coral, the color lavender, anything creamy, protein powder, mug cakes, overnight oats, and sitting down on a tidy desk with a cup of coffee and blogging. (<- it never happens)

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Easy Strawberries and Cream Smoothie

Thanks to chia seeds and strawberries, this easy, wholesome smoothie is full of nutrients and vitamins. A very tasty way to start any boring day, this smoothie will keep you going long into the day. Plus, as a bonus, it tastes amazing! It is sweet, smooth, creamy, and flavorful. As another benefit, this smoothie can be created in less than a minute! I owe this recipe to my friend, who challenged me to create a smoothie that was easy, healthy, and absolutely delicious!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (or fresh, if you don’t mind a thin smoothie)
  • 1 cup milk (any type will work well)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds*
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder*
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract*
  • 2 T creamy nut butter
  • 1 T greek yogurt

*optional

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pour into a chilled glass. Enjoy!

I really hope that you enjoy this simple smoothie, and if you choose to make it, let me know how it turns out 🙂 I’m always up for feedback!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

Peanut Butter Smoothie

This super easy smoothie is great for people who love peanut butter (so pretty much everyone who isn’t allergic). The texture is smooth and creamy, and as a quick breakfast, afternoon snack, or even healthy dessert, I can guarantee that you will want to give it a try 🙂 Let’s jump right in.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 T peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk (any kind will work)
  • 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2-1 frozen banana (cut into pieces)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a few ice cubes (for a thicker, slightly icy, smoothie)
  • 1 T cream cheese
  1. In a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

This smoothie is very tasty, and I hope you give it a try 🙂 It reminds me of a peanut butter milkshake, but healthy!

~Amy and Esther ❤

Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats

Hello again! Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days, things have been pretty busy with summer coming up. I know, excuses, right? No matter how busy you are, you can always have time to make these fantastic overnight oats. I love these oats because they are nutty, chewy, and they are pretty healthy! It’s hard to believe, but you better believe it! These aren’t nut-allergy friendly though, and if you aren’t a fan of nuts, you should check out my Strawberry Cheesecake overnight oats or my Cookie Dough overnight oats. However, if you are a fan of walnuts, bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate chips, you keep reading 😉

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup milk (any kind will work)
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 2 T walnuts chopped into small pieces
  • 1 T peanut butter or PB powder
  • 1/2-1 sliced banana
  • 1-2 T mini chocolate chips
  • pinch salt
  1. This couldn’t be easier. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and pour into a jar. Refrigerate overnight and wake up to some tasty oats!

You can garnish these oats with a dollop of peanut butter, a sprinkle of chocolate chips, and maybe a couple walnuts. Enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

My strawberry cheesecake smoothie was such a hit (with myself) that I created an overnight oat recipe to go along with it. I think that every recipe I’ve created is a “dessert for breakfast” type. That’s NOT a bad thing AT ALL. I personally ❤ having sweet stuff for breakfast, but if you prefer something savory, let me know in the comments and I will work on that 🙂 Anywho, back to these creamy, chewy, strawberry sweet oats. They are awesome. Want to make them? Go ahead!

Just so you know, I used 1 cup of milk instead of 2/3, so your oats or going to be a bit thicker.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup strawberry sweetened yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 T cream cheese
  • (optional) 1 T powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • (optional) 1-2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup milk (any kind will work)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Blend or use a hand mixer to combine all ingredients except for oats. Once ingredients are blended, stir in oats and pour into a jar. Pop in the fridge and enjoy the next morning!

These are SUPER yummy and taste just like strawberry cheesecake.

~ Amy and Esther ❤

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

I LOVE cheesecake. I’ve ready plenty of smoothie recipes, but none of them seem to taste good enough to be called “strawberry cheesecake” but, I found a solution. I can guarantee that if you love cheesecake as much as I do, you will love this cheesecake. It sure does take the cake! Let’s dive right into this healthy smoothie.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 T powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup strawberry sweetened yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 T cream cheese
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 whole strawberries
  • 2 whole frozen strawberries
  • 1/4-1/2 frozen banana
  • (optional) 1-2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup milk (any kind)
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Garnish with graham cracker crumbs if desired.

Yep. This is the best smoothie I have EVER had in my life! It tastes just like strawberry cheesecake, and it’s healthy enough to be breakfast (it doesn’t taste like it though!).

~ Amy and Esther ❤

Delicious Vegan Chia Seed Pudding (without an overnight wait!)

One of the only problems that I have with overnight oats and chia seed pudding is that in order to be edible, they have to sit overnight. Now, for most people this is probably not a problem, but for me, I REALLY want to eat it before it is done waiting. Sometimes I really want chia seed pudding, but I don’t want to wait long. My solution is this! It takes just a couple minutes to whip up and doesn’t require any sit time! (By the way, chia seed pudding is a mixture of liquid and chia seeds that sit and create a creamy textured “pudding”)

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 T chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk (any type will do, but if you are using a non-dairy milk your pudding will come out thinner, you may want to add a tsp more chia seeds)
  • 1 T sweetener (maple syrup, honey, sugar, etc.)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 T peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)
  • Add ins (such as chocolate chips, chocolate chips, and if you are feeling adventurous, chocolate chips.)
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until evenly mixed. Pour in a mason jar and pop in a fridge and store up to 3 days. Enjoy!

If you are looking for a quick snack, healthy dessert, or a tasty breakfast, whip a batch of these up and toss ’em in your fridge to satisfy your sweet tooth any time of the day.

~ Amy and Esther ❤

CinnaBanilla Protein “Milkshake”

This tasty treat is light, healthy, and resembles a banana milkshake! The texture is not quite as smooth, as ice is a main ingredient. The flavor is spot on though! Another super exciting thing… This is the first post that I have a picture to go with! Ready? Let’s go!

Yum? Right? Don’t bother asking why I used a coffee mug, don’t judge me.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4-6 Ice cubes
  • 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3-4 drops Sweet Drops vanilla creme liquid stevia
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk (any kind will work)
  1. This couldn’t be any easier, just blend these ingredients together in a blender and tada! A single serving CinnaBanilla “Milkshake”.

I just drink this for a snack, but you can try this for a healthy breakfast, light dessert, or even for a post-workout snack. I hope you love this ❤

~ Amy and Esther ❤