Hi friends! I’m glad you all enjoyed the healthy, yet speedy breakfast options I posted about. Those are two of my favorites right now, along with other staple warm weather eats, like what I ended up having for breakfast this morning.
Trader Joe’s high fiber cereal, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a sprinkle of granola and lots of berries. It was a nice cool and fresh breakfast- perfect for a 100° day!
Today was a co-worker’s birthday so our boss took him and the rest of the marketing team out to a cute little French place, Can Can. I’ve only been there a few times, but today’s Grilled Shrimp salad was definitely the best thing I’ve ordered there.
Along with the shrimp the salad with topped with grilled mango, roasted Piquillo Peppers, fennel, Boston Lettuce, and Lemon Fennel Vinaigrette. I loved the flavor of the grilled mango and shrimp together and the fennel gave the salad a nice crunch. Twas lovely.
Post work I came home to do a little cleaning and then headed to Ellwood Thompsons, my fav local organic market, for a Summertime Smoothie class. I’m all about smoothies in the summer time so I was excited to see what Heather, the smoothie host, was going to whip up.
She had two delicious smoothies planned – one with whey protein and the other with hemp protein. They both had other nutritious ingredients as well, like theses two gems: flax seed and chia seed.
I was pumped to see the chia seeds being featured because many people don’t know about them but they’re great addition to smoothies and have protein, essential fatty acids (omega-3s), and fiber. If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know that I throw chia seeds into a lot of stuff – chia seed oats, overnight oats, smoothies, baked goods, etc.
The Vegan Smoothie came out an unsightly color but just as you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, you can’t judge a smoothie by it’s color either!
The earthy flavors from both the hemp protein powder and kale were masked by all the sweetness from the fruit/juice and it was delicious. I liked the texture that the little pieces of kale added! This one also had spirulina, a micro-algae that is a complete protein with and has all the B complex vitamins (including B-12, which is hard to find in non-meat sources).
The Whey Protein Smoothie was similar but included ground flax seeds, apple juice instead of pineapple coconut, acai powder, and bee pollen.
The acai powder, which is full of antioxidants, turned this smoothie a bright pink color and gave it a nice flavor.
Although this smoothie wasn’t as sweet as the first, it was still just as tasty. There were only 2 smoothies with recipes, but Heather decided to create one last concoction for us to try with Peaceful Planet’s Super Meal Protein Powder. This one was Vegan as well and just as delicious! Heather did a great job of making sure we didn’t taste an aftertaste from any of protein powders. (Perhaps it was the fruit juices?)
One of the smoothie tips that Heather mentioned was that frozen bananas are the best base for smoothies. Simply peel bananas when they are yellow and ripe (do not freeze bananas in the peel – it can makes things v. difficult), cut them up (or not) and put them in the freezer bags to freeze. Take either 1/2 or a whole frozen banana out when you’re ready to make a smoothie. If you have a high powered blender you won’t need to chop the banana up, but if not I would let the frozen banana set out for just a few minutes and then chop it into a few chunks before adding it to the blender.
Turns out the smoothie made with hemp was my favorite of the evening. I like whey protein powder okay, but tend to go for hemp or brown rice options when making smoothies at home. I’ve found that hemp and brown rice varieties are typically less processed, have less added ingredients and easier for my body to digest. Right now I’m using a Nutiva’s Hemp Protein Powder, but another one of my favorites is Sunwarrior Brown Rice protein powder.
Overall, it was fun to try the different smoothies and learn a few tips from Heather. I’ll definitely be checking out the other food classes that Ellwood’s offers. And, I’m pretty sure I’ve been inspired to try out some different smoothie combos. Perhaps tomorrow morning will start my smoothie adventure. 🙂
What’s your favorite protein powder or smoothie recipe?