This post is contributed by FitFluential VP of Operations and Content Aggregation, Jennifer Williams.
Raise your hand if you’re a mom. Raise the other hand if you work outside the home. Now stand on one foot if one of your kids is in diapers. If one of your kids is involved in extracurricular activities…well, you get the idea. It’s a juggling act. With the day’s to-do list, sometimes our own nutrition is the last to get crossed off.
I recently discovered I wasn’t getting enough protein in my diet. In this post I’ll share with you how I worked more protein(and fruit!) into my day, with some ideas that also made my kids happy.
Before interacting with the FitFluential community, I looked at tubs of protein powder as my husband’s domain. As far as I was concerned, they were chalky tasting powders that you mixed with water and that did NOT appeal to me. Fast forward a couple years and now I realize you can add a scoop of 100 calorie, great tasting protein to just about anything. Baked goods, hot drinks, smoothies…the list goes on. The taste is top notch with Designer Whey. No chalkiness, just great flavor that satisfies my sweet tooth.
Most frequently, I whip up a smoothie or a banana pudding snack. These make a great mid-afternoon snack, breakfast or evening meal replacement. When I whip up a smoothie, the kids hear the blender and grab a cup, pull up to the counter, and wait patiently for their share. I’m happy they’re getting some extra fruit and protein in their diets as well.
The taste of these smoothies is pretty decadent, like a milkshake, and the texture is very rich. They are completely filling and satisfying . They can also fight off the urge to go eat a big slice of cake or dessert. The scoop of protein is 100 calories, and I’m just adding some fruit and a chia shot, so the total calories will usually come in under 300 total for each recipe.
My routine is to buy berries when they are at a good price, wash and freeze them. I buy bananas all the time, but when they start to get too brown, I peel and freeze those as well. Then I use them in the smoothies. The smoothie goes with me in a to go cup for running errands and carpools. Whipping one up in advance means I won’t succumb to those HANGRY urges to binge on drive thru decadence.
Here’s the ratio:
1 scoop of your favorite flavor Designer Whey Protein
3/4 cup water (less if you want a thicker texture)
1 cup crushed ice
3/4 cup frozen berries
1 chia shot
sweetener of choice to taste. (I use Stevia)
Mix it up: use almond milk instead of water, add some vanilla extract or a tablespoon of peanut butter.
For the ‘pudding’-
All you do is mash up a very ripe banana, then add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate Designer Whey protein powder. Mash it up to the consistency you desire. Sometimes I add just a dash of almond milk to get it to the right consistency. Here, you could play around as well – adding some peanut butter, chia seeds, a little honey…you get the idea!