I go through phases with what I eat, and how I eat it. I’ve always been this way—I find something I like, and then I eat it until I’m sick of it and need a break. A few years ago, I went through a major smoothie phase, and then I dropped them for a while, switched to juice… and really haven’t looked back.
I’m back on the smoothie train! I have had three (or four) this week already.
I also want to mention my friend Laury’s challenge: Processed Free March. I’m definitely participating, not because I need to work on this habit (I don’t eat much that is processed–and I feel like I could say I don’t eat anything processed but that depends on the exact definition!). I highly recommend checking out Laury’s post about this, and her other posts too. She puts out a lot of great information, and also has great ideas and insights for working out too!
My smoothies this week fall into the Processed Free category in my mind. Beyond that, I really like challenges like Laury’s because they give us something specific to focus on. All too often, we get bogged down with all the different things we think we should be doing to be healthier. There’s just so much… Reduce caffeine! Eat more fiber! Reduce sugar intake! Eat more veggies!
If you’re anything like me, when you have SO many things you want to do, you have trouble focusing on anything… and you don’t do anything very well. But with a challenge like Laury’s, it gives you something specific to focus on, and it’s much simpler to implement. Know what I mean?
Here’s one my recent favorite smoothies…
Vanilla Protein (with egg)
1 cup water
1 raw egg
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Jay Robb Whey)
several drops stevia
1 cup water
1 raw egg
1 scoop chocolate goat milk protein powder (I use Mt. Capra — 1 scoop is half a serving)
1/2 scoop vanilla or strawberry protein powder (I use Jay Robb Whey)
1 Tbsp Gelatin (hydrolyzed—not the kind that gels)
several drops of chocolate or vanilla stevia
And the last one…
1 cup water
1 egg (optional)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
several drops of stevia
I used to make smoothies very thick… like so thick I had to eat them with a spoon. It’s true that I prefer to eat rather than drink, so I really like to eat my smoothies as if they’re ice cream. These smoothies are super thin though, and I was surprised at how much I liked them! For me, they make a good after workout in between meals snack. I suppose it’s up for debate as to whether the protein powder is consider processed food!
Also… I only use raw eggs if they are straight from the farmer’s market from pastured organically-raised chickens. The ones I get sometimes even have a few little feathers stuck to the shells!
News/Notes: I’ve been working a lot this week, and feel good about being in my groove. I designed new business cards too, so I’m happy about how they turned out.
It looks better in person—not sure why it’s faded and blurry looking here, but probably because of the glossy finish. Anyway, you get the idea!
I have some networking events to go to this weekend, and I’m looking forward to that. I’m hoping to get a lot of work done on Saturday and Sunday too. I don’t have too much planned, just yoga, work, networking, a coffee date, and probably some sleep!