I went to BodyPump this morning and either tied or increased my weight on every single track (one music track per body part). Every time I have a rocking BodyPump class, I have to be cognizant of what it means for my body - I could end up sore and hurtin'. To avoid it, there are two things I do... and, when I remember to follow both of them, it works like a charm.
First, stretch. Duh.
Second, a mean smoothie. I don't know why I'm calling it that, it just feels right. It's packed with vitamins, protein, and healthy fats (but not a lot of them, unless you add some kind of nut butter).
Mean Green Post-Weights SmoothieIngredients:
- 2 Strawberries, washed and cut
- 1/3 banana
- 1 cup Spinach
- 1 Scoop Protein Powder
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- OPTIONAL: 1 tbsp Chia seeds, 1 tbsp Nut butter
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Add ice if the fruit is fresh, but skip this step if you've frozen your fruit. Blend until smooth and serve.
- What kind of protein powder should you use? Whatever you like! I have tried it with Gold Standard Double Chocolate Whey, and a Vanilla, as well as a Sweet Cream Visalus, which is more of a meal shake than a protein shake... more on that later.
- To freeze... or not to freeze... your fruit? I am a big advocate of frozen. I buy strawberries and banana and, when they're perfectly ripe or just a bit past their prime (like when I realize, "Oh crap, I have a thing of strawberries in my fridge that will go bad if I don't use them ASAP!"), I cut the banana into small pieces, add some washed and cut up strawberries, and freeze them in single serving bags with spinach.
- What's in each single serving freezer bag?
- 1/2 to 1/4 of a Banana (depends on how I'm feeling when I cut them up)
- 2 Strawberries, washed and with the green part cut off
- 1 cup Spinach
Check out the stats on these babies... I'll call that protein perfect.