I am fairly certain that a morning without coffee is, well, not really a morning.
There is only one thing I appreciate in the morning as much as that cup of Java.
She goes by the name of: workout.
Over time, I’ve come to realize that the pair makes for one amazing duo.
I typically only do high intensity interval training in the mornings. Because I do it so early (6:30am or before), I only consume a little coffee because the gutsy stomach can’t tolerate anything else prior.
Once I swing open the front door to return home, though, a re-coop smoothie is often an immediate need.
The bonus? A little more of my beloved Java.
A smoothie is a great way to consume healthy calories post workout, and if you do it correctly with a low-calorie “milk” base, you won’t consume triple the calories you just worked off.
Almond Java Chip Smoothie
- 1.5 c. Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened (Vanilla)
- 1 cup freshly-brewed coffee poured over ½ c. ice cubes (to cool)
- 1 large ripe banana, sliced
- ¼ tsp. Stevia powder extract (or your choice of sweetener)
- ½ tsp. pure almond extract
- 2 tbsp. raw cacao nibs
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- ½-1 c. crushed ice
- Brew coffee and set aside for a few minutes to cool
- Add all ingredients (including coffee) to blender
- Blend until the mixture reaches consistency desired
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Note: I said “smoothie,” not “protein smoothie.” This smoothie naturally contains about 5 g of protein. If this were a post-workout (i.e. lifting, not cardio only) drink for me, I would always add a little more protein as well. I do not use protein powders anymore. I am yet to find a protein powder that doesn’t disrupt my gut healing process.
Disclaimer: I was asked to create healthy recipes as part of a sponsored campaign with Silk and Fitfluential, LLC. All opinions and recipes are my own.
Nutritional Information (per serving)
|Saturated Fat (g)||1.5|
Love your guts,