Yesterday, I spent the morning downtown with my sister. We went out to breakfast at Orange on Roscoe. Started off sharing a pear, carrot, ginger juice. It was refreshing and a great way to get some vitamins in with breakfast. We split the pumpkin ginger pecan pancakes and the Tijuana Benedict. The pancake was fluffy and topped with a ginger cream cheese frosting/butter. And the Benedict had a mild heat to it. Both were great! It’s within walking distance of my sister’s apartment. The wind was bitterly cold but it was worth the walk. I would definitely go again.
We went back to her apartment and embraced our inner child by watching Enchanted. I love that movie. We went out for lunch at a bar near Bazar. a clothing shop where Amanda and I played dress up. I cannot remember the name of the bar we ate lunch but I had a Boulevard Harvest Dance and a great Prime Rib Dip Sandwich with fries. I ate about half the sandwich and fries. Yum. Any kind of dip sandwich is my favorite. I added Gruyere to mine since it didn’t come with cheese and I love cheese. It was a good idea if I do say so myself.
After lunch, I headed back to the burbs. I ended up running some errands. At this point I was feeling restless from my car ride and sitting eating all morning so I headed to the gym. I ran about 6 mi in my first 60 mins then walked for another 2. It felt good to stretch my legs and get moving.
After working out I like to make sure I eat something with carbs and protein to start my recovery. My newest favorite? The protein smoothie. It’s all over the internet right now and here is my version. I use my magic bullet to put it together in a single serving. I always have frozen bananas in my freezer. Whenever we can’t eat all of ours and they start turning brown, I will peel them, break them in half, and then put them in a freezer bag to have for smoothies.
Protein Smoothie: Serves 1
1/2 frozen banana
1 scoop chocolate protein powder, I use Designer whey
about 1/4 cup packed spinach leaves (you can’t taste it, I promise)
1/2 cup almond milk (you can use any milk you typically drink, we had a coconut milk in the fridge that I tried last night)
couple of ice cubes
Throw all the ingredients into your blender or magic bullet cup and give it a whir until its all blended together.
Nutrition Facts: 180 calories, 20 g protein, 44% DV calcium, 4 g fat, 4 g fiber
What’s your favorite post-workout snack?