Wow. I think I just died and went to smoothie heaven. And I wasn't even a big smoothie-drinker until....well, yesterday.
In my attempt to reign my weight back in, eat cleaner, and work out more...I'm going back to the paleo-ish way of clean eating. I can't kick butter (though for the most part I use olive oil when cooking) and cheese every now and again. But otherwise, I am dairy, legume, and grain-free.
So how happy was I to discover this place called The Protein Bar that opened 7 or so blocks from my office. ( www.theproteinbar.com
) (In no way do I work for or endorse them, I just found them last week and am in love.)
They have smoothies and salads and bowls and burritos and their focus is on protein....either meat, tofu, or quinoa. In my paleo-ness, they have a ton of gluten-free salads but what I really wanted to try were the epic looking smoothies. They're even more epic because you can choose your protein (whey, soy, or egg), choose a milk (2%, skim, almond, or soy), and add an optional boost at no charge. Paleo-friendly me the chose egg protein and almond milk. Nom nom.
So, yesterday, I was feeling adventerous and I tried this one:
Chocolate protein, choice of milk, house-made cocoa malt, agave nectar, and banana
(20 oz: 399 calories, 6 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 254 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 45 g sugar, 28 g protein)
It didn't suck. But I also don't really care for banana. And then, genius that I am, I googled "malt" when I came back to my desk and D@MNIT it's wheat-based. Whoops.
Flash forward to today. I just tried THIS one:
The Blue Line
Vanilla protein, choice of milk, blueberries, and banana (I chose egg protein and almond milk)
20 oz: 243 calories, 1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 135 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 25 g sugar, 26 g protein
HOLY. HECK. THIS WAS AMAZING. And I would have taken a picture for you since it was BRIGHT PURPLE, but sadly, I inhaled the whole thing on the walk back to the office. And I was actually sad when it was all gone. It's only four ingredients, so I'm going to try and recreate it at home. If successful, I'll post a recipe on Spark.
Alright back to work. But today I've managed to sleep almost 8 hours, do my weightlifting routine, and discover a killer paleo-friendly smoothie within walking distance of the office. Success!