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STARVING and Smoothies

Friday, April 17, 2009

One thing about swimming is, it really gets my metabolism revving and I need FOOD.

After my 80 lengths this morning, I came home and made a berry protein smoothie (recipe below), which I drank while getting ready. Then I walked to work and ate some Greek yogurt with honey. My stomach started growling again at 11, so now I'm having some milk and peanut butter (Jason thinks I'm weird for snacking on spoonfuls of peanut butter).

The thing is, I'm eating healthy and I've already burned something like 700 calories today so I say, bring on the food!

Berry Protein Smoothies for 2*
I haven't used the blender since last fall, when it officially got too cold for smoothies. I went to the grocery store Monday and they had strawberries on sale, so I picked some up and started making smoothies again this week. I always have to work out the kinks of the first few, but I think I got it right today.

12-14 medium strawberries
1/2 C. wild blueberries (hooray for giant bags of frozen wild blueberries at Costco)
1 1/2 scoops protein powder (tweak for your choice of protein powder since the flavors differ. For instance, if I use more than 1/4 scoop of the Whole Foods 365 whey protein, it makes the whole smoothie taste horrible. I don't buy that anymore)
1 C. Almond Breeze, original, unsweetened (you can also use milk, of course, but I like the way Almond Breeze tastes and it's low calorie and lowcarb)
6-10 ice cubes

The protein powder I use has sweetener in it, so with that and the berries, it's sweet enough. If you want more sweetness, I would suggest a half tablespoon or so of agave nectar.

* If I ever make a smoothie just for me, Jason gets all forlorn and looks like a sad puppy dog, so I leave him one in the fridge when I go to work.
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who eats peanut butter straight.

    Bine, if you have a Costco membership they might have the blueberries.
    4299 days ago
    i don't think snacking on peanut butter is weird at all. i love the taste of bananas and peanuts butter combined, so i often mix a tbsp of peanut butter into my pre- and after workout protein banana smoothie.

    your berry smoothie sounds delish! i wish it were easier to find frozen blueberries here. the next time i see some, i'll stock up my freezer and try this!
    4299 days ago
    Sounds tasty! We start having smothies in the evening when it stays lighter later. We're getting strawberries straight from the fields now and they are so good this year. These new varieties are wonderful and the growing season will be longer so we'll continue to get great berries longer.

    I eat peanuts after swimming for the fat and protein content, too. I really find it helps, so I don't think your snacking on peanut butter is strange at all! I had strawberries, nonfat cottage cheese and peanuts (yum).

    Have a good day!
    4300 days ago
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