Friday, August 3, 2012

Post-workout protein smoothie

I get home from CrossFit workouts completely starving. It's like I've been stranded on an island for weeks without food. In my haste to stuff my face I tend to overfill on things that are satisfying, like chips, but not healthy. This smoothie is a great way for me to get the protein I need along with all of the fruits (and maybe veggies) I should be eating instead of the junk. 

I believe in free-form smoothie making where no two are ever quite the same and there isn't really a recipe. Here's what I did today:

1 mixed berry soy yogurt (a little less than 1 cup)
1 three ounce serving of silken tofu
5 blackberries (all I had left)
a handful of blueberries
a handfull of raspberries
3 sliced strawberries
(total fruit, about 1.5-2 cups)
5 ice cubes (to thicken it up because I used fresh fruit)

Total yeild: about 16-20 ounces (a full cup and a half full of the cup you see in the pictures)

Protein: 12 grams (you can add protein powder for an extra boost if you want)

The yogurt is key to a sweet (but not overly so) and flavorful smoothie. It helps balance the tartness of the fresh berries as well as really help to bring out the berry flavor. I always match my yogurt to the main fruit I am putting in. Normally I use a banana or frozen fruit to thicken my smoothies, but the bananas were more the color of kale than the desired yellow and I had a lot of fruit that needed to be eaten within the next few days before it went bad. I tend to like thicker smoothies, but with a few ice cubes this really isn't bad.

Although I may have still had some chips while I was making the smoothie, I'm not sure anything tastes better than a cold, flavorful smoothie after a tough workout. 

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