Did everyone have a Merry Christmas? What did you get? Better yet, what did you give?
I gave my husband a Fitbit. Basically, it’s a watch but also tracks all kinds of cool things like your physical activity, hours sleeping, and calories expended so you know what your calorie intake should be. It looks like this is translating to me having to feed my husband even more. Thanks for the kick in the butt, Fitbit.
I got a membership to the Crossfit gym for Christmas. That’s going to be the real kick in the butt! My marathon and and triathlon days are over, and it’s time to throw something new into the mix. So far, I’ve taken three Crossfit classes and am finding it to be a very effective use of one hour! Phew!
I work out about 4-5 days a week, which means my body needs extra fuel and plenty of protein. To help supplement my protein intake, I drink a protein smoothie every morning around the time I work out. If you’re active, or if you just want something healthy that will actually fill you up, and only takes a couple of minutes to prepare, then you might like a smoothie! I make two servings at a time—I drink one serving and put the other one in a mason jar for the following day, which keeps nicely in the fridge.
The recipe is one step. Blend almond milk, water, raspberries, and protein powder in a high-speed blender for 30 seconds or until smooth. Easy!
I took this picture recently when I was leaving the train station near our apartment. Pretty, huh? There’s lots of fresh fruit for sale on the street everywhere here in Copenhagen, which is great. But I have to say that frozen fruit is my pick for smoothies since I always have some in the freezer and I like COLD smoothies!
I use almond milk or cashew milk, depending on what I have in the apartment. I tend to have a bottle of each in our fridge. You can use rice milk, coconut milk, or whatever you’re drinking these days.
Protein powder can be found in your local food markets and vitamin stores. I haven’t had much luck with powders from the store—they’re really expensive and sometimes taste like grass. I do have a great protein powder that I use that’s super yummy and am happy to pass along this info to you! My husband introduced me to it about 6 months ago and I’ve been using it ever since.
We order our protein powder from a company called True Nutrition, which offers all kinds of custom mixes. We buy their rice protein powder (TrueFlavor™ French Vanilla Flavor, with low sweetness using stevia). This particular mix is gluten-free, dairy-free, and corn-free! The french vanilla is great because it goes with everything, regardless of what fruit I add to my smoothie—it’s tasty, yet not overpowering, so I never get tired of it. If you don’t have any food allergies/sensitivities, this company has all kinds of powder options that include milk, soy, whey, vegan, paleo, etc. We stick to the plain rice protein and love it.
By keeping it simple with just a few ingredients and frozen fruit stocked in the freezer, this is an easy smoothie to make any day of the week or every day of the week (in my case). You can change the fruit to strawberries, bananas, peaches, or whatever you like. I hope you’ll make some smoothies for a healthy breakfast or snack. It’s fuel for your body and it tastes like you’re eating a milkshake!
Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie
Yield: One serving (2 cups)
1 cup almond milk or cashew milk
½ cup water
¾ cup frozen (or fresh) raspberries
1 scoop protein powder, (35g) (see note)
- Blend almond milk, water, raspberries, and protein powder in a high-speed blender for 30 seconds or until smooth.
- I use a Vitamix, but a blender will also work.
- You can substitute cashew milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or another non-dairy milk of your choice.
- I use rice protein powder made by TrueNutrition. I like the TrueFlavor™ French Vanilla Flavor, with low sweetness (using stevia). This one is gluten-free, dairy-free, and corn-free. You can check their website to see all of the different powder options they can make for you.
- The smoothie keeps nicely for 2 days in the refrigerator stored in a mason jar or blender bottle.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (One serving of 2 cups): 270 Calories, 10g Fat, 5mg Sodium, 22g Carbohydrates,11g Fiber, 6g Sugar, 30g Protein