They say the most common time of year to gain weight is between Christmas and New Year, where the festive season seems to encourage us to abandon of our health and fitness goals. We've all been there – we've all experienced the post-Christmas dinner food coma that somehow lasts for days and the champagne-hangover that causes us to wake up with a cringe. We've felt how easy it is to fall out of our exercise routines whilst on holiday, and we've all made those resolutions to get fitter, healthier, and leaner for the coming year. Thus I present Winter Detox Smoothie, the perfect recipe to detox your bad habits and to help kick-start your healthier lifestyle.
|scoops||Vanilla whey paleo protein powder, or|
|scoops||any vanilla or natural-flavoured protein powder|
|ml||pure coconut water, or|
|ml||almond, rice, soy, or low-fat milk|
Talk about a superfood smoothie! The acai, chia, and berry ingredients are packed with antioxidants and vitamins, and the protein powder paleo. In the middle of the flu season, we all need a pick-up-up and immune-booster. This Lila, Chop! smoothie recipe for beginners, is the perfect antidote to winter blues, sniffles, and post-Christmas weight gain. Best of all, it's utterly delicious and incredibly quick and easy to make.
|Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.|
|Pour smoothie into a glass and garnish with any leftover berries.|
|3||min||Cheers to a healthier you and your healthier year!|
Smoothie Recipe Tips
Once again, using frozen fruit is so much better than fresh fruit in smoothies as it gives it a thicker, creamier consistency. However, if you prefer using fresh berries, add a couple of ice cubes to your blender to make it more ice cream-like.
To up the nutritional content of your smoothie, add Greek yoghurt, flax seeds, and/or banana. Use vegan protein powder instead of whey if you're into that. (I'll often mix whey and vegan protein powders together, making my smoothie less sweet and diversifying my sources of protein.) This makes a fantastic breakfast smoothie, and will keep you comfortably full and going all morning!
To decorate your glass like I have, simply cover the
rim of your glass with a sticky substance like honey,
then dip the glass in cake sprinkles.
Check out the
Pimp My Smoothie Tip section of my
Ananabanana Choco smoothie
for more detailed instructions!
Only Protein (paleo product review)
Since hearing about the paleolithic diet, I've been experimenting with various paleo products and recipes. Albeit a bit extreme, overall I think it's a sound approach to nutrition, emphasising lean meats, healthy fats, and vegetables whilst limiting starches and all processed-foods. However, I was concerned to hear protein powder did not count as paleo, until I found Only Protein – the only paleo whey protein powder. I was lucky to receive free samples from this New Zealand company, and used their vanilla protein powder in this recipe. (Which turned out fabulously, I may add.)
What can I say about this product? Aside from being slightly too sweet and rather difficult to get a hold of, it's hands-down one of the best and purest whey protein powders on the market. Their above-average prices are justified by the quality of their ingredients, and I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a clean whey protein powder!