I do make a lot of smoothies for my kids so I just modified that recipe a little for a fruit smoothie, which is quite tasty. I also supplement dinner and one snack with real food carefully calculated to ensure I am staying within my calories and ratios.
This morning I was feeling I might need to try something a little different. When I started this I bought one vanilla and one chocolate protein powder. My chocolate hasn’t been getting much use really as I couldn’t figure out what to put with it. I am not a huge fan of chocolate peanut butter flavored things so the protein/fat smoothies are my big challenge and I also don’t really like chocolate and fruit together so you can see my dillema here.
Side Note: I use and recommend Jay Robb Whey Protein. It tastes great and meets all the recommended quality and nutritional recommendations — high quality ingredients and sweetened with stevia.
I threw some things together this morning and it turned out pretty good, so I thought I would share my couple of shake recipes with you.
How Much of Each Ingredient?
Each one of us will have specific quantity requirements to meet our calories and macro-nutrient ratios. For this reason I have left the amount off of anything that would add to the caloric total or affect the ratios.
There is a whole section of the diet manual dedicated to calculating your needs. This is a very important part of the program so don’t skip over this part.
Morning Wake Up Call
Chocolate protein powder
1 t. instant coffee
1 t. unsweetened baking cocoa
Mix it all together in a blender. May need a little more time in the blender than other shakes to fully dissolve and incorporate the instant coffee granules.
Basic Fruit Smoothie
Vanilla protein powder
Fresh or Frozen Berries (whatever you have works great – I love the frozen mixed berries)
Blend and enjoy!
Side Note: If you like your smoothies colder or thicker, add a couple of ice cubes after you have blended the ingredients together and then spin it again until all the ice is crushed up.
Bonus Tip: One thing I have noticed about protein powder is if you let it sit for a minute or so after blending but before you drink it, it tastes better and has a better consistency. This gives it time to fully dissolve. What I do is blend it up and then let it sit for a minute or two and then give it another little spin before I pour it into a glass. Way Better!
I was worried as I was adding foods to my log that I was going to go over but at the end it worked out fine since I logged my entire breakfast and only ate about two thirds of it.
I tend to be over critical and think too much about things but getting all these ratios just right is not that easy. This probably means I should have bought the upgrade with the calculator and menu plans.
This all gives me more to think about when planning out these two days next week.
Maybe I just need to give myself a break as well. It is my first cycle and the truth will be told Sunday morning when I check my stats. Stay tuned for that.
I have been really good about my workouts all week, but didn’t get my workout in yesterday since my mom was coming last night and I had so much to do. Need to make sure I make working out a priority and to make time for it. Doesn’t take that long, really.
Have a great day and remember to do something nice for you mom tomorrow.