Green smoothie

For me, smoothies are the best way to sneak in some additional fruits and greens into my diet each day. Sometimes I’ll add protein powder if I’m going to be exercising or peanut butter if I want it to be more of a meal replacement. But, sometimes I’m just craving something sweet and feeling those afternoon munchies creeping up on me.

This is a great smoothie to make if you just want something to tie you over until your next meal. It’s really low in calories but packed full of great nutrients and super flavorful!!

Ingredients

1/2 banana
1 cup organic baby spinach
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (make sure this is NOT from concentrate. I only buy 100% pure orange juice where the only ingredients is ORANGES)
1/4 cup almond/coconut milk (or yogurt or whatever)
6 Ice cubes

Blend in your blender until completely pureed and smooth.

Enjoy!!

Protein powder review and NEW smoothie recipe

In the past, I have posted a bunch of different smoothie recipes with varying levels of protein. Most of you know I make one almost everyday, so I like to switch things up so it doesn’t get boring.

I have been doing this bootcamp for the past few weeks and decided that since I was working out a lot, I would try out some protein powder and see if that made any difference in my energy level/muscle development.

As a woman, I was a little skeptical about consuming whey protein. I had alway heard that women body builders and men were really the only ones that used whey protein and it made me a little nervous that it was going to “bulk” me up too much. I really only want to tone so gaining too much muscle mass was not really what I wanted. But, I figured I would give it a try and then let you all know how I made out.

After doing lot’s of research on the different brands of whey, I narrowed it down to two brands I wanted to try. One is called Designer Whey and the other is called Terra’s Whey. I decided on purchasing the Terra’s Whey in the vanilla flavor first and seeing how that one worked.

On the first morning I made a protein shake with the Terra’s Whey and then I went running 30 minutes after drinking it. I felt really good during my run. I had a lot of energy and felt like I didn’t get as tired as I normally get. I’m not sure if that was whey related or just the fact that running is getting easier for me because I’m doing it a lot more frequently. Either way, I noticed a difference in my energy level after I drank the protein shake.

The next time I drank a shake was about an hour before a bootcamp class. This time, I definitely had more energy and didn’t feel hungry at all for like a solid 4 hours (which is a long time for me since I eat like every 2 hours).

I have been drinking these shakes now for about a week now and haven’t noticed too much of a difference in my muscle mass. I have been doing a lot of weight training so I am definitely developing more muscle, but I haven’t noticed any big changes from the whey protein. I will definitely keep you all updated. But for now, if you are considering adding some additional protein to your diet, I would highly recommend the Terra’s Whey protein powder. It tastes really great blended up into a smoothie and definitely has some added benefits!

Here is the recipe for the shake I have been drinking everyday for about a week:

1/2 cup unsweetened almond/coconut milk blend
1/2 banana
1/2 cup frozen berry blend (mine has blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
1 Tbl Better’n Peanut Butter (regular is fine or even PB2)
2 Tbl flax seeds
1 level scoop of Terra’s Whey Protein Powder
2 packets of organic stevia (agave or honey or any natural sweetener would work here too)
4-6 ice cubes

Place all ingredients into the blender and blend on high until smooth.

** Anyone living in the Naples area who is interested in coming to the bootcamp I attend, let me know!! I will give you all the details! It is taught by the AMAZING David Simmons and I know you will ALL love it if you come to a class! He offers classes all the time and they are a ton of fun!

You can also follow him on Facebook for details and information about his classes!

Green Machine smoothie

It is getting so hot in North Carolina! It feels like summer, but it was just winter. I’m not complaining – I am pleasantly surprised at how amazing it has been here. I am happily packing away all of my boots and coats and bringing out the shorts and bikinis 🙂 Last night, we even broke out the grill and had a little BBQ.

In the spirit of St. Patty’s day, I thought it would be appropriate to make a “green” smoothie. For those who may be a little scared about incorporating greens into your fruit smoothies, don’t be! The flavor of the fruit completely masks the flavor of any veggies that are added. Not to mention, it’s an added boost of nutrients and a great way to start your morning!

Ingredients

1/4 cup greek yogurt
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup raspberries
1/4 cup strawberries
2 T agave
1/4 cup mango (I used a frozen puree, but fresh will work too)
1 small bunch Kale
2 T flax meal
ice

In your blender, add greek yogurt, agave, flax meal, fruit, kale and a small amount of ice (unless you used all frozen fruit). Blend until smooth and enjoy immediately!