The Power of the Smoothie
Happy Friday! Is everyone as glad as I am that it’s the weekend? I feel like I’ve had a hectic and stressful week with my exam on Wednesday and a very long day in London yesterday. I got home last night and my brain felt fried, hence why there was no post yesterday … I’m not sure that anything I could have written would have made sense.
On Wednesday evening I really felt like I needed a restorative green smoothie.
I made this one with:
- Frozen blackforest fruits (grapes, blackberries, cherries)
- 2 dessertspoons of Pulsin’ pea protein isolate
- Kara coconut milk
This was my first experience with a protein powder and I though that this one was OK. It didn’t taste horrible, I could just detect a slight background flavour. In general I eat quite a bit of protein, but something like a green smoothie could do with some more adding to it.
I had some wholemeal toast with peanut butter on the side. After I ate this I went back for another slice of toast, this time with Dark Chocolate Dreams slathered on. I’m such a carb monster at the moment for some reason!
Yesterday the start time of my meeting in London had changed, so I ended up with a bit of spare time. I used it very productively and made a trip to Leon to have one of their Power Smoothies.
Oh my goodness, it was to die for – so thick and creamy! At 348 calories and 14g of fat, it was an indulgence, but so worth it. It contained bananas, oats, honey, greek yoghurt, milk and fruit compote, so it would be easy to make a healthified version at home.
On the whole, the meeting was boring, but the highlight was a talk by one of my favourite bloggers! Peter Smith writes at spendmatters.co.uk, which is a blog about procurement. It may not interest you, but if you have an interest in purchasing or business in general it is so well written and insightful. Peter gave a talk on careers and one of his main themes was the need to be involved in and understand social networking. I found meeting a successful blogger really inspiring and I’m looking forward to hopefully meeting some of you in the future!
I was so knackered when I got home that the only thing I could face making was my ultimate fast food – an omelette. This mushroom and spinach combo worked out quite well.
To be honest I was so tired I could have gone to bed without anything to eat, but I wanted to be fuelled for my run this morning. I actually ended up overeating yesterday evening with yoghurt and muesli and some chocolate. Tiredness really is one of my overeating triggers, so I have to work more on overcoming that.
At least I was fuelled for my run this morning. I did 4 miles of my hilly route (it took me 4.5 miles last week because I got lost!), followed by a strength circuit that I found in this month’s Women’s Running.
15 reps, 3 sets:
- one arm rows
- weighted squat
- alternate lunges
- tricep extensions
- shoulder press
- glute lifts
This was tough and I was properly spent when I finished. I definitely need my rest day tomorrow!
Questions for today:
Do you use protein powders and do you think that they are necessary?
Do you use social networking outside of the healthy living community? Have you found it helpful in your career / education?