This is Andrea from Balancing Andie here guest posting for my friend Juliana!
First off, I should tell you a little bit more about me…
I’m a 20 something blogger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I am a corporate professional during the day and a food/fitness fanatic by night. I have always loved to be in the kitchen and grew up with a lot of food allergies. As I got older, I couldn’t ignore my passion for health and nutrition any longer so in March 2017, I enrolled in a local 2-year diploma program here in Vancouver to become a Holistic Nutritionist. I really believe that health begins with the food we eat and the lifestyle we live and I want to help people become the best and healthiest versions of themselves. I recognize that health looks different on everyone and that’s why I think it’s so important to listen to your body and find what works for you.
On weekends, you can find me hiking, at the gym, hanging out with friends and most likely eating sushi (one of my favourite foods!!).
Because I live such an active life, I make sure that I either eat a protein rich meal right after my workout or have a smoothie with a protein powder or collagen in it to support proper muscle repair. Not only does protein help with muscle repair, but adding some fat/protein to your smoothies, will also assist in slowing down how fast your body digests the smoothie (in a good way). Without items to slow down digestion, you could have a peak in energy as it would be digested very quickly and then a crash creating irregular blood sugar, which could cause you troubles in the long run.
To keep my energy and blood sugar steady and keep me full until my next meal, I make sure my smoothies are more substantial rather than just blended fruits and milk. I’d highly suggest investing in some good quality plant-based protein or collagen (which is tasteless).
For this post-workout smoothie, I also added turmeric, which is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It is a great ingredient to support your body in general but specifically after a strenuous workout.
Note: Turmeric is best absorbed in the body with some fat (think coconut oil or almond butter in this case) and black pepper. Just a little bit will do but make sure you don’t skip these two things when you use it in recipes!
This smoothie recipe is completely vegan, gluten-free, nutrient packed and guaranteed to satisfy not only your sweet tooth but also keep you full longer and satiated.
Yield: 1 smoothie
1 cup dairy free milk (I used cashew)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Garden of Life)
1 small carrot (chopped)
1 frozen banana
½ cup frozen strawberries
1 tbsp almond butter
1 heaping tsp turmeric
dash black pepper
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp goji berries
1 tbsp coconut flakes (unsweetened)
1 apricot (sliced)
Blend all the ingredients in a high power blender. If it’s too thick, add more milk (pro tip: If you’re like me who didn’t have a Vitamix forever, use your food processor! It gets the job done well).
Top with your favourite toppings or use my suggestions 😊.
If you want to substitute the frozen strawberries, try peaches, butternut squash or more banana.
For plant based protein powders, I’d suggest Garden of Life Raw Vanilla. For my non-vegans, I also love Further Food’s collagen peptides. Further Food has kindly provided a discount code to me so you to use on their site. It is andie10.
Thanks for having me & I hope you all enjoy my recipe. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me www.balancingandie.com. I’d love to hear from you!