Thursday, July 21, 2011

Veggie-ful Protein Smoothie

by Meghann on July 21, 2011

Doesn’t Blue look good? So, shiny and new! I feel like I have a brand new bike. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I never mentioned it on the blog, but Blue (yes, my bike has a name) got pretty beat up during my collision the other week. The handlebars were scratched on the side – needing to be re-wrapped – and the gears have been acting funny. Heck, even my brand new pedals looked like they had taken some heat.

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Playing the ‘better safe than sorry’ card, I took Blue in for a tune up at my local bike shop. $65 later…. everything checked out fine. They even gave Blue a good wipe down and had her nice and sparkling before her big photo opts at my tri this weekend.

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I went with the blue wrap this time to mix it up a little. I should have taken a close up shot of what the old wrap looked like before I brought her in, you could tell the handle bars took a big beating in the fall – better them then me.

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Blue is ready to race! Now, the question is – am I? We’ll see.

I had a Honey Stinger at the bike store. I love these bars – very rich and sweet like a candy bar.

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After Blue was nice and comfy in my back seat, I headed to the local Y for the Thursday night track workout. I don’t go every Thursday, but it’s nice to know the Trampa Tri group is always there when I have the time to go.

There was the typical 5 minute warm up, 45 minutes of going all out, and 5 minutes of cooling down. I didn’t have my garmin on, but I’m guessing 3.5 miles in total? Maybe 4?

We worked on a lot of agility moves this evening that got my heart rate way up. I ended the workout feeling like I was going to puke (in a good way). I swear only runners look at the ‘needing to puke’ feeling as a good thing after a workout.

(Shout out to all my Tampa Tri Team peeps who are reading the blog! That was a nice surprise to hear tonight! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I was in no mood to eat when I returned home, but knew I needed to eat something. A smoothie was the only thing that sounded remotely appealing.

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However, this wasn’t an ordinary smoothie. This was a Veggie-Ful Protein Smoothie!

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I tried to throw as much good stuff as I could in the blender. ๐Ÿ™‚

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In the mix:

  • 1 (cold) Baked Potato
  • Spinach
  • Ice
  • Vanilla Soy Milk
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Ground Flax Seed
  • Vanilla GoTein Powder (a freebie sample)
  • Almond Butter

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The Vanilla GoTein Powder was a sample the company had sent a while ago. I used half of the packet in my smoothie and – trust me – that was all it needed. It has a very strong, distinct vanilla flavor that left my smoothie tasting like cake batter ice cream. I wouldn’t drink it straight, but the half packet was the perfect smoothie addition.

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Don’t you love how spinach turns smoothies bright green? It’s so pretty!

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Ok, maybe not in that light (in that light it looks like split pea soup), but definitely in this light.

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MUCH better. A serving of Kashi Go Lean Crisp added a nice crunch to the bowl.

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The smoothie was exactly what I was craving and I love how I was still able to sneak some veggies (sweet potato + spinach), protein (soy milk, peanut butter, protein powder), healthy fats (flax seed) and carbs (cereal) to it.

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I’m so exhausted, I can barely keep my eyes open.

Good Night!

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