As you may have noticed from our Fitness Series, around here we are wild about having a healthy lifestyle (you can check out those posts here: HIIT, Zumba, finding your device, the Vikings Cheerleader workout, making time for yourself, pumping it up, and the SMART workout).
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle also includes the food that you’re putting in your body, so we wanted to share a favorite recipe, as well as a comparison of some protein drinks that are designed to re-fuel your body after a workout.
The four that we taste tasted were: JCore, P90x Shakeology via Lisa at Solid at my Core, Muscle Milk, and Only Protein.
For me, the P90x Shakeology drinks have the best variety of flavors – there’s everything from strawberry to smooth orange (though JCore has a yummy lemonade flavor as well).
If you’re a chocolate lover, Only Protein has both a mocha flavor and a traditional chocolate. My husband likes to mix a little all natural peanut butter in and blend the chocolate flavors with some ice.
I love that JCore has the added bonus of a patented appetite curbing ingredient, since I tend to get really hungry after a hard workout.
But my personal preference is not to consume much soy. I don’t like the added hormones that come along with soy, so P90x and Only Protein are my more likely options.
My favorite way to consume my protein is in a shake. I make one almost every day – it’s a great way to get in my fruit and veggie servings for the day, and the kids love them too! You can see my pumpkin smoothie recipe here, and my apple pie smoothie recipe here. Read on for my super delicious tropical shake recipe.
1 generous sized handful of spinach
1 cup frozen organic pineapple
1 cup frozen organic berry mix
2 cups coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut kefir
the juice of one lime
the juice of one lemon
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Blend, and enjoy (while pretending you’re on a warm beach somewhere). Serves 4.
Do you have a favorite protein powder?
**we were sent samples of JCore and P90x Shakeology to try for this review. however, all opinions expressed herein are our own and cannot be purchased.