On the days that I am not fasting, I still try and eat fairly well. This is a switch from just a few months ago. I think losing fat and starting to see some real results has inspired me to eat better all the time. I usually don’t eat after dinner, but when I do, I try and keep it pretty healthy without any empty calories. A few years ago, we bought one of those Vitamix blenders at the home show in Pittsburgh. Me and my wife are suckers for whatever new gadgets come out and usually buy something that is a waste of money. Whatever it is, it never works like the one that they showed during the demonstration.
The Vitamix was a definite surprise though and works great. In fact, I think that if we tried to, it would grind up a bowling ball! We have been using it almost everyday for either making smoothies, frozen margaritas, homemade ice cream, soups, etc. It is amazing what you can make in this thing.
[One of the disadvantages to living in Western Pennsylvania is that you can't get fruits and vegetables that look this good year around. I guess unless we want to eat all of the pesticides that come with it! We have been growing as much of our own stuff this year as we can. It's only a matter of time before my wife has me building a greenhouse!]
One of the advantages to having a blender like this is the great smoothies that you can make with it. It allows you to put an incredible amount of fruits and vegetables inside, turn the sucker on for a few seconds, and out comes juice. If you add a bunch of ice, you can have a great tasting smoothie or even ice cream. I am definitely eating way more fruit and vegetables than I used to because of the drinks that we make. It would take all day to eat all of the carrots, red cabbage, tomatoes, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, etc that gets thrown in to this thing.
If you get creative you can put enough fruit in to it to cover up the taste of some of the vegetables and come out with a great tasting smoothie that is very healthy for you. I am kind of like a mad scientist with it and just throw a bunch of shit in to it and see what it tastes like. Some end up okay and some get thrown in to the garbage disposal!
My Favorite High Protein Recipe
Through my experiments, I came up with one of my favorite high protein recipes that I will give you below. It is high in protein, tastes great, and doesn’t have too many carbs. It does contain milk and peanut butter though, so if you have allergies or don’t like to drink milk, you will have to make some substitutions. Personally, I never had any issues with milk or peanut butter, so this one works great for me as a snack or even as a replacement breakfast or lunch.
Here’s what you will need:
- 1 cup of 2% milk
- 2 tbsp of peanut butter
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop of protein mix (unflavored, vanilla, or even chocolate tastes great)
The amount of ice depends on whether you want it to be like a milkshake or if you just want it to be cold. You can even use a bunch of ice and make it kind of like an ice cream if you want.
I usually make it like a milkshake and either drink it right away or pack it with my lunch for later in the day. Either way, it stays cold and takes great as long as you shake it before drinking, if it has set a while.
This high protein smoothie will have somewhere around 550 calories, 40 grams of protein, 52 grams of carbs, and 24 grams of fat. If you don’t want to take in that much protein at a time, you can either split it and drink half at one snack and have the next or you can delete the protein powder and still end up with around 16 grams of protein. Of course the peanut butter gives it most of the fat, but as long as your carbs aren’t too high, don’t be afraid to take in some fat. The carbs come mostly from the banana and can also be adjusted if you are afraid to eat them. In my experience, carbs from fruits aren’t too bad as long as you aren’t pounding the breads, pastas, rices, and potatoes.
I think the banana and peanut butter make it taste great and I wouldn’t change a thing. Of course if you are trying to keep your calories really low and eat very low carbs, this may not be the best high protein snack for you. Give it a try and let me know what you think. By the way my wife hates it, so if you don’t like it, you won’t hurt my feelings!
[This video shows how easy this thing is to use and how powerful it is. The guy's kind of a dork, though! Just sayin.
Here is a link to some other Vitamix recipes, there are a ton that you can try.