This year, my fitness goal is to be STRONG and harder to kill. Kind of like this guy:
Well, maybe not exactly like this guy. But I do have tattoos.
My goals will involve joining a crossfit gym and lots and lots of hiking along with eating well (with the occasional cheat meal! Can’t be perfect 100% of the time, am I right?). I want to share my current obsession, a homemade chocolate-banana-almond butter protein concoction that you’d be crazy not to like.
I’ve always been a little wary of the protein powder craze. I hadn’t had good experiences with these meals-in-powder-form in the past… a lot of the time they were super gross and I couldn’t bring myself to drink them a second time. But the formulas have gotten MUCH better, and paired with carefully selected whole ingredients, tastes better than any sugary chocolate shake you’d normally categorize in your splurge repertoire.
There are plenty of protein powders out there that meet my criteria for building strength and supplying extra protein, although I do have my favorites. As long as your system can tolerate whey and you aren’t a vegan, this is the go-to for protein supplementation in our house.
My whey non-negotiables are that it comes from cows that are grass-fed, that it is undenatured (meaning it is made from non-pasteurized, raw milk… mmmmm*), is sugar-free, and preservative-free. Organic is a bonus, but not a requirement. Why? In my research I have found that due to the rigorous and expensive organic labeling certification process, some companies choose not to go that route. However, if they put as much care into the creation of their product that meets all of the above criteria, I feel that a label won’t mean much when it comes to the benefits I experience as the end user.
With that in mind, this type of whey, when not flavored, will be hard to mix when you aren’t using a blender. Fortunately, my recipe (and I use that term loosely because I eyeball everything, and so can you to taste) calls for one, and you will swear you are drinking dessert instead of helping your body recover and build muscle!
2 scoops of NAKED WHEY
1 ripe banana
Heaping tablespoon of Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter
1 tablespoon Healthworks Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder
Sprinkle of Simply Organic Cinnamon
Couple tablespoons of Certified organic honey (raw, unprocessed, unpasteurized is best!)
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk (you can also use raw cow’s milk, chia milk, or coconut milk as the liquid base… can’t go wrong with any of them)
(Sometimes I’ll add in some greens like spinach – you can’t even taste it when you add it into smoothies… makes the color a little weird though.)
Throw in a blender -we love our Ninja’s single servers! Mix and enjoy! And feel free to experiment… if it’s not sweet enough, add some Stevia or more honey; if you like dark chocolate, double the amount.
What’s your favorite after-workout treat? I’m expanding my recipe horizons and would love to hear some ideas! Link ’em up or share below!
*If you haven’t tried raw milk yet, you are missing out. I’ve never tasted milk so delicious in my life. I was totally scared to try it at first, but then I did, and it is a splurge I am willing to make from time to time.
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