How are you doing today? Have any of you fallen for an April Fools’ joke or managed to pull off a good one this year? My day has been foolery-free so far. I think I’ve only ever pulled off one April Fools’ Day joke on the blog (remember when Sadie was “pregnant?”) and I wish I gave today some forethought so I could’ve brainstormed a fun prank to pull on Ryan, but I guess there’s always next year!
Breakfast + BodyPump
My day began with an early morning egg and cheese sandwich, served with two turkey sausage patties on the side.
Sadie’s sad puppy eyes ended up working their charm on me and Sadie got half of one of my sausage patties because I am a huge sucker.
After breakfast, I headed off to work at the gym for a few hours. Since today’s work didn’t involve teaching, by the time my break rolled around, I was ready to work up a sweat myself and headed out to take a BodyPump class.
It’s been weeks since I’ve taken a BodyPump class – mainly because my workouts were consumed by the ones I taught and Pure Barre last month – but I think it’s time to start going a little more regularly because I absolutely love BodyPump and the way it works my whole body in less than an hour. It makes me feel strong and I always get really into the music. And just in case you happen to be pregnant and a big-time BodyPump fan like me, Les Mills has a brochure available online that features a lot of information about proper modifications which you may find here: BodyPump Pregnancy Guide.
Once I was done with my workout, I had just enough time to head home for a shower before I had to be back at the gym. Right after I rinsed off, I made myself a post-workout protein smoothie that totally hit the spot! I followed a recipe I tweaked and photographed last week for a delicious Post Workout Mocha Mint Protein Smoothie!
Post Workout Protein Smoothie
This recipe is coming your way today thanks to a collaboration with Silk!
When it comes to post-workout snacks, one thing I’m always looking to include in a creamy smoothie is protein, as protein aids in muscular recovery after training. Plus, a protein-packed snack keeps me feeling satisfied for way longer than a simple piece of fruit or some other quick and easy snack I might grab from the fridge. Since I usually work out in the morning, I try to include protein in my breakfast, but if my workout occurs later in the day, like it did today, a protein smoothie is often my go-to post workout snack of choice. They’re delicious, easy to throw together and very satisfying! And if you add enough filling ingredients into the mix, they can quickly transform into a simple meal as well.
Silk Soymilk (I always opt for the unsweetened organic soymilk – you can click this link for a coupon!) has 7 grams of plant-powered protein per cup and I combined the soymilk with Greek yogurt for a protein-packed smoothie that easily powered me through the rest of the morning until I was ready for a late lunch.
This creamy smoothie combined two of my favorite things: Coffee and chocolate! And the addition of mint leaves gave the smoothie a refreshing flavor that I absolutely adored!
Post Workout Mocha Mint Protein Smoothie
- 1/2 cup Silk Unsweetened Organic Soymilk
- 1 6-ounce container plain Greek yogurt (you may also use vanilla if you prefer a sweeter smoothie)
- 1 1/2 frozen bananas
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 packet instant coffee (I used decaf)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (you may wish to omit this if you use a sweetened Greek yogurt)
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass, garnish with additional mint leaves if desired, and drink immediately.
Question of the Afternoon
- What are some of your favorite protein-packed smoothie flavor combinations?
I love key lime pie protein smoothies (lime juice + key lime pie Greek yogurt = key ingredients) and anything with frozen strawberries and bananas in it will almost always hit the spot for me!
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