Post-Workout Smoothie

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 Banana
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 är bäst).

This is some of the benefits of Nutritional Yeast (called Bjäst 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.
(source: MindBodyGreen)

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.

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