School is starting tomorrow so for me that means getting back into a routine and eating healthier. Last year I started a 10-week challenge around this time and Chelle and I ate salads everyday for lunch.
Last fall when I started eating healthy I received several recipes from my nutrition coach, Bridgette O’Connor of NU-TRIX for Health and Wellness. One of these became Chelle’s favorite protein smoothie. Today I am going to share that recipe with you.
Protein powder in smoothies is very popular but because it can damage kidneys if overused it is always best to go the natural route when you can.
Making smoothies isn’t fun to me. Lug out the blender. Get out the ingredients. It’s loooouuuud. Then you have to clean the blender with nut butter and seeds stuck to the sides. If you try blending it clean with warm, soapy water the water sometimes spews out the top. Finally, after all that work, you get to eat the smoothie. And then sometimes it doesn’t even taste that good.
Does anyone else feel this way?
One way to make the process a little easier is to batch the task of prepping smoothie ingredients. We talked about that on point #1 on this post. Chelle batched this task by making individual baggies of all the ingredients at one time.
My favorite smoothie is one with cilantro, lime and a green apple! Yum. I’ll share that another day.
Tonight I made this smoothie for a healthy treat. I needed a healthy treat after I ate a McDouble and fries for lunch, drank a Starbucks with my girls in the afternoon and ate corn dogs for dinner while we watched Divergent. The battle against junk food was lost today but must continue on. The good news is that after drinking this smoothie I was too full for an ice cream sandwich! Always look for the positive. 🙂
Blend the liquids and non-frozen ingredients. Here I am blending in action (thus the blur). Notice the messy blender that I had to clean!
Add the frozen ingredients and blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!
One more picture. #thisonehasafilter.
Here is the recipe!