Oh dear, I wanted to get the results of the book giveaway winners posted yesterday, but the I lost my grip on my schedule; definitely a time-evaporation day!
But enough of my kvetching, and on to the winners! I used random.org to generate the winners, and they are as follows:
(1) Stacey (vegouttoeat), (2) Janice Shepard, (3) Tanya Kelly, (4) Kim (ckflorence), (5) Linda Carloni, (6) Joyous, (7) Jen (jenlarusso), (8) Marie (moprica), (9) Emily (sugarplumblog), and (10) Jackie Chamblin.
Congratulations! I’ll send everyone on the list email notifications, too.
Now, on to the smoothie. Specially, my post-workout smoothie. Sure, you can slurp this any time of the day, but the combination of cantaloupe and strawberries is a slam-dunk after a tough cardio/aerobic workout (like the 6 am spin calss I taught this morning!)
Here’s why: What you eat after a workout really does matter. In order for your body to recover and get the optimal benefits from your workout, reach for some high-quality protein and high-quality carbohydrates within an hour after your workout. Your blood sugar is lower after working out, but you don’t want it to spike quickly with high-glycemic foods. Cantaloupe and strawberries are considered low-fructose fruits, so they are great choices (not to mention crazy yummy)
For protein, I added plain kefir. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a fermented, probiotic, yogurt-type beverage that’s high in protein (11 grams per 90-calorie cup). I love kefir because it has a distinctive tang (I like yogurt that tastes like yogurt). Plus, it’s easy to pour into the blender (lazy me). You can use any kind of plain yogurt, dairy or nondairy, in its place, but note that you may need to add a bit of water, as needed, to thin things out.
My cantaloupe and strawberries were super-sweet so I didn’t add any other sweetener; go by taste when making yours, adding a bit of stevia, honey or agave nectar to suit your taste.
Power on, everyone!
- 3/4 cup diced cantaloupe
- 3/4 cup diced strawberries
- 1 cup plain kefir (nonfat or lowfat)
- Optional: sweetener of choice, such as stevia, honey, agave
- Place the first three ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Add any additional sweetener as desired.
Protein Boost: You can boost the protein furhter by adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder (whey or vegan)
- Serving Size: entire recipe
- Calories: 169
- Sugar: 26.5 g
- Sodium: 138 mg
- Fat: 0.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 30.9 g
- Fiber: 9.4 g
- Protein: 11 g
- Cholesterol: o mg