Last week, I told you that I needed to push the reset button on my eating and exercise habits after a vacation where I didn’t think about either of those things at all. But I’m happy to report that the healthy train is still moving through my house and that’s happening because I’ve made a couple little tweaks to how I’m doing things over here.
While I was on vacation, one of my favorite bloggers, Landyn Hutchinson of Living with Landyn, showed how she started replacing one of her meals each day with a protein smoothie and how that helped her stay on track the rest of the day. But the best tip she shared is that she pre-makes her smoothie base so that it’s easy to pull together even when her days have a busy start. This is exactly what I did…I now have this smoothie base all put together in a canister on my counter.
Protein Smoothie Recipe
To pre-make the dry mix:
- 5 cups chocolate Keto meal shake (or any protein powder you like)
- 1 1/4 cups ground flaxseed (improves digestive health)
- 2 1/2 cups Swerve (zero-calorie sweetener)
- 10 ounces MCT powder (lots of benefits: helps with brain health, controls blood sugar, helps reduce risk of heart disease)
- 3 tablespoons turmeric powder (great anti-inflammatory)
When blending, add:
- 1/3 cup of the dry mix
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups almond milk depending on how thick or thin you like your smoothie
- Half frozen banana
- Spoonful of nut butter of choice
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen powder (great for bone health, skin, nails, and hair)
- 1 cup spinach
That’s all there’s to it. I drink this mid-morning and I’m typically not hungry until mid-afternoon. Then, I can get by until dinner with some veggies, hummus (I love the beet or detox hummus from Forest Greens Juice Bar), and a handful of protein crackers or chips. If I stick to this during the day, I let myself have a little dessert after dinner. (That’s the best!)
I’d love to know if you have a favorite recipe or if this one works for you.