Like most of my recipes, it starts with experimenting. A little of this. A little of that. I love when recipes are flexible and customizable since everyone has different tastes.
The start of a new year brings added motivation to reach new goals, but why does it only have to be on January 1? I started listening to a podcast by Rachel Hollis earlier this fall and she talks about living the last quarter of the year like we do the first 30 daysof a new year. The concept is called 'Last 90 days.' It's inspiring and while most days did not go according to plan with my fitness and nutrition goals (hello real life!), I made more progress than I would otherwise. Why give up on yourself and stuff yourself full of cookies just to start over in a month? Be kind to yourself. Yes, sometimes this means going for a run and not eating those cookies; sometimes it means taking a nap after work.
Moving your body is a necessary part of the fitness equation. However, don't overlook the nutrition aspect since it accounts for about 80 percent of your progress. Treats are okay, but cannot happen every hour on the hour.
Finding the time to eat healthy is hard, especially with a demanding career. It's essential to make it simple (otherwise it does not happen in my world). I love starting the day with a protein smoothie. It's easy and portable, and I can drink it while getting ready.
Pack healthy snacks to avoid mid-day temptations in the break room. Apples, cheese sticks, chocolate milk (single serves are fanastic), crackers, and beef jerky are a few options.
Like most of my recipes, this one is customizable to your preferences. I love to sneak extra protein in wherever I can, so I choose Fairlife milk for my smoothies (almost double the protein!). Regular milk is also a great option since both have the same nutrients. You can also use whichever milk chocolate protein powder you prefer.
To make this into a dessert, just add a scoop of chocolate ice cream for a protein milk shake.
Cheers to a great day!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
1 cup Chocolate Milk (I use Fairlife chocolate milk)
1 scoop Milk chocolate protein powder (I use 1st Phorm Level 1 Milk Chocolate)
1 tablespoon Peanut butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
Ice for texture
- Add all ingredients to the blender with ice
- Blend (I use the milk shake setting on my blender)
Easy, nutritious and delicious way to start the day.
PS - If you love chocolate peanut butter, check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.