Hey fellas! I have been chugging along on my new years resolutions over here, and just like everyone else ever one of my goals is to get a little healthier. I have made it a goal to work out once per week, and even though I have only gone to the gym twice this year so far (man that stings a lot more now that I’ve written it down) I felt a spontaneous surge of energy yesterday and decided to go for a bike ride. Mind you, I haven’t ridden a bike in at least a few months, and when I went and unlocked my bike there was a thick layer of dust that I had to wipe off the seat before beginning my rad workout journey.
Before I left the house, I confidently told Mitch that I had just started the dryer for an hour, and when it went off I would need him to start it up again (I fill it up too much every time and I’m not going to stop anytime soon) because I would still be out exploring the world on my bike and defining my booty and such. So I went out and embarked on the marvelous journey that is bike riding.
And I arrived back in my house about twenty minutes later. I had somehow forgetting that biking is TOUGH. Especially when you get the beach cruiser for aesthetics and have literally no help from gears to get up hills. So once I was about ten minutes away from the house, I realized that I was already burnt out and decided to turn back. It’s all a blur now, there were so many fast bikers zooming past me, and I felt like I was fighting to keep peddling. It was awful.
Surely, I need more practice– and let the record reflect that the gym biking equipment is no help at ALL in preparing you for real life biking– but I also needed better caloric preparation. The only thing I had to eat before going on the ride was about four ounces of mango juice and a few drinks of water. So I am making caloric preparedness part of my health commitments, and getting way more into my system next time. In honor of that embarrassing biking experience, I thought it time to share with you the smoothie that I should have brought with me that morning.
AKA my absolute favorite smoothie right now: chocolate protein smoothie. It’s got some bananas, some cocoa, some peanut butter, some carob powder, and any protein powder of your choice! The best thing about this recipe is that it can accommodate any kind of protein powder that you like and does a fricken amazing job masking the protein powdery-ness of ones that you don’t like so much. Because DAMN protein powders can be nasty sometimes.
Put this combo to the test with your next protein shake, and let me know if you find a contending protein powder that still tastes nasty even when counteracting chocolatey peanut buttery goodness.
Love, love, love,
Chocolate Protein Smoothie
- 2.5 bananas
- 2-3 tbsp cocoa (or cacao) powder
- 1 serving protein powder of choice
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp carob powder
- 1.5 cup almond milk
Place bananas, cocoa powder, peanut butter, carob powder, protein powder, and almond milk into blender.
Blend until well combined.
Pour into a jar or a cup and drink up!