Surprise! It’s not green!
It’s not often you’ll find me pushing a smoothie without any leafy greens within, or even a scoop of green powder, but weekends are treat days in my book.
But it’s not exactly dessert in a glass: I offer this to you as a delicious, bliss-inducing way to replace the nutrients you burned during an intense, heart-pumping sweat-drenched workout.
This is based on the Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie sold at the Fuel Bars within Barry’s Bootcamp locations minus the banana (yuck), substituting raw almond butter for peanut butter, and adding in maca, nutmeg and sea salt. The result is divine. I’m already looking forward to making a peach and blueberry cobbler once summer rolls around with its fresh stone fruit. Swoon.
This is my Saturday morning post-yoga workout smoothie, packed with a good amount of protein (about 20 grams, depending on what type of protein powder you use) and carbs to restore glycogen in the muscles and aid in their recovery after a punishing vinyasa yoga workout. One of these babies really helps with the muscular aches I often get in my legs after I’ve pushed myself in a challenging class. And it makes the weekend feel like an extra-special treat! It’s Saturday, I justify, as I resist packing the smoothie full of kale or superfoods.
Personally I don’t consider this a post-workout snack — yoga workouts don’t crush me like a High Intensity Interval Training workout, and I’m not active enough to need the extra calories on top of my normal daily amount — so this smoothie is instead my breakfast. A very special one.
And don’t even think about omitting the almond butter! The fat slows down delivery of the nutrients and glucose into your bloodstream, balancing out any spikes or falls in blood sugar, and gives you a sustained release of energy throughout the day. Plus it really adds to the flavour. Treat yourself!
Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (I like vanilla flavoured ones)
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
2 scoops of protein powder of your choice (I love the taste and the nutritional profile of this one, and I don’t get a cent for recommending it)
1 tablespoon of raw almond butter
1 teaspoon of maca powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Pinch of freshly-grated nutmeg
Pinch of sea salt
Blend everything up — it’s not important what order you add these ingredients to the blender, this all mixes readily — and enjoy!