I realise that January is fast coming to an end but… Happy New Year! Would you believe me if I told you my holiday-haze ended this past Monday? It’s been an insane festive season with far too much of everything. I’ve hardly slept, I partied to the point of no return and forgot what leafy greens were.. It was awesome!
Unfortunately the urgent emails are flooding my inbox, so it’s time to take off the beer goggles and be a grown-up. Since I’ve spent most of the week trying to redeem myself professionally, I decided to face the dreaded monster that is fitness this week too. As motivation, I made myself this sweet protein smoothie to get myself back on the wagon.
Trying to get back into the gym is always the hardest thing. It always feels like you’re starting over and all previous efforts have been reduced to dust. Not only is your body out of practice, but if you’re like me, you’re energy levels just won’t allow you to put on your trainers and get out the door. Pre and post workout nutrition and essential in ensuring you achieve your fitness goals so you are able to get up the next day and do it all again.
Everyone has their preferences when it comes to their pre and post gym meals. I like to have a mostly fruit-based smoothie before the gym and loads of leafy greens afterwards. As I am trying to build muscle-tone (key words being trying), protein is a staple in both meals. Smoothies and shakes are convenient for my pre-gym meal as they are light and impart all the nutrients I will need during my workout without making me feel sleepy or bloated.
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1-tablespoon acai berry powder
½ – 1 cup almond milk
Handful of frozen blueberries for garnish (optional)
Begin by pulsing the blueberries and pineapple chunks until fine. Pour in a ½ cup of almond milk and blend until smooth. Add the acai berry powder and your choice of protein powder. I used vanilla as it adds to the creaminess of the smoothie and its taste isn’t too obvious. Blend until well combined, depending on the consistency you like you can add more almond milk until it is your desired texture. I prefer my protein smoothies to be thicker so I can eat them with a spoon. I top this one with a handful of frozen blueberries and enjoy!
This smoothie is packed with antioxidants, vitamin c and all the fuel your muscles will need to get you through your workout. Both the blueberries and the protein powder will reduce muscle damage and ensure a quick recovery. I included the acai berry powder as it gives an energy boost and helps with digestion. The pineapple is also an anti-inflammatory, aids digestion and is beta-carotene rich. This smoothie is sweet ‘n’ fruity, an easy-mode smoothie to get you back into the swing of things. After an intense holiday season, I am slowly wading into the kiddie-pool of health and fitness.. Bottoms up!