A protein smoothie is a great post-workout snack or breakfast! (Okay, I have them for lunch and dinner occasionally too ;) ) I have recently started making my smoothies “green”. What’s a better way to get some extra vitamins in your diet? Not to mention whipping them in the blender helps your body get all the goodness (aka vitamins) out of them!
I finally found a mountain bike! It’s a Kona Dawg. I got a really good deal on it, too! I took it on the North Country Trail for the first time today- LOVE IT! Full suspension is AWESOME =)
After riding I did a little Pilates to stretch out. I’ve been trying to fit a little session in every day in addition to my two one-hour classes at college. I had a big breakfast (pumpkin pie pancakes!) and wasn’t too hungry so I whipped up a smoothie to tide me over to dinner.
Green Protein Smoothie!
1 c. Kale
1/2 c. 2% Milk
1 TB Chia Seeds
2 TB Freshly Ground Flaxseed
2 TB Cottage Cheese 1% milkfat
1 Frozen Banana
4-5 Ice Cubes
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4-1/2 Tsp Stevia
Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Add milk or ice to make the consistency to your liking. Top with 1/2 a protein bar, chopped, and 2 TB dried fruit. Makes one serving.
- 2 TB Peanut Butter
- 1 TB Cocoa Powder
- 2 TB Oats, for extra fiber
- Replace milk with 1/2 water and 2 TB almonds
- Soak 1 TB Chia and 2 TB oats overnight in 1/2 water, and blend with remaining ingredients in the morning.
Nutritional Breakdown, Smoothie with no add-ins or toppings.
- 333 Calories
- 14.1 g Protein
- 10.16 g Fat
- 14.2 g Sugar
That is a substantial amount of fat, but the good news is that about 75% of it comes from the flax and chia seed. Flax and chia are also a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. A little over half of the sugar comes from the banana, then a gram from the cottage cheese and 6 grams from the milk.
I was playing around with lighting in the kitchen… A make-shift light reflector made from tin foil and a three ring binder. =)