My husband and I started this Saturday with a hardcore spinning class. You know, this kind of I-have-never-sweated-this-much-in-my-whole-life-hardcore-class. Afterwards he stated that he had to have a chocolate protein shake and cinnamon buns (!?). I asked if I could make him a smoothie instead, and if he stilled craved these things, I promised him he could have them afterwards.
And this is what I gave him:
Post-Workout Chocolate Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
1-2 tbl spoons Raw Cacao powder
2 tbl spoons Nutritional Yeast
A handful of Raw Almonds
A dash of Raw Honey
A dash of Cinnamon
Almond milk (or the milk you prefer)
Pulse, blend, serve!
It was such a success that he neither craved his artificial protein shake nor the cinnamon buns afterwards. And I’m sorry, I don’t have a picture this time. The smoothie was gone within 10 seconds.
If I would have made it just for me, I would probably switch the nutritional yeast with hemp protein but I didn’t wanna scare my husband away from healthy alternatives with the strong taste of hemp. Dates are also a good source of post-workout carbohydrates but we didn’t have anyone at home.
And lastly, a little bit about Nutritional Yeast. As usual, it’s always a discussion about how good things are for you, and Nutritional Yeast is not an exception. But as we use to say in Sweden: Everything with moderation (lagom Ã¤r bÃ¤st).
This is some of the benefits of Nutritional Yeast (called BjÃ¤st in Sweden):
- Vegetarian source of B12: 1 tbls provides you with your daily need of B12. It’s a good source of many B-vitamins, eg Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pyridoxine (B6) and Folic Acid (B9). Some, but not all are fortified with B12.
- High in amino acids/protein: 2 tbls contains 9 grams of protein (1 large egg contains approximate 6g).
- High in fibers (and gluten free): Fills you up, promote digestion and regular bowel movement and helps regulate your blood sugar.
- Natural source of Folic Acid: Important for women who are or are trying to become pregnant to prevent spina bifida and other birth defects.
Use it in smoothies, bake your veggies in it, toss it on popcorn or on your morning cereal/porridge. What else?
That’s all for today.