Sometimes I feel like I’m a mother masquerading like an elite athlete. I rise early, and go to bed late, racking up tens of thousands of steps throughout the day. I squeeze packets of almond butter in my mouth on the go, in the style of the Tour-de-France. All of my meals are rushed, inhaled. I’m constantly trying to get enough protein, water and caffeine to fuel my never-ending strategy of running my toddlers until they go to sleep without a fight, stay there all night, and give me a few waking hours to myself to watch the Bachelorette.
It’s such a glamorous life, this one.
Errrrybody and her mother is reading Rachel Hollis right about now, including me, and as I got into the book, I also found her weekly podcast. Worlds collided when Rachel interviewed Kelly LeVeque, author of Body Love, another book I’m “reading” (fun fact: my husband can’t stand that I read 3-4 books at once). My readers know that I listen to podcasts throughout the day so that I can pretend that experts visit me in my kitchen, so I listened with joy to Rachel’s interview with Kelly, wherein she confesses an addiction to Cheez-its and the smoothie, which would later become my lifeblood.
After our 6 week long roadtrip last Summer, and following a slew of going away events and dinners, I found myself packing what I’ll affectionately call the PCS Fifteen. I needed a reset, and reading Body Love opened my eyes to a lot of things that I had noticed for a long time, but had never put together. I’ve always avoided sugar at breakast, favoring protein, but I wasn’t always avoiding carbohydrates and fruit. Kelly puts forth that it’s the combination of four things: fat, protein, greens and fiber, that sends our body signals of satiety, keeps our bodies full, and ensures that our blood sugar never spikes. Avoiding those spikes is what keeps us off the roller coasters I call hunger and cravings.
Starting on July 1st, I started making Kelly’s classic, what Rachel calls the “OG” smoothie. Kelly shares dozens of recipes, but this mama ain’t got time to mix it up on the daily, so having something reliable, easy, formulaic that only requires one “fresh” ingredient (and it’s one that lasts forever) is this mama’s jam in life.
I’ve been drinking this smoothie 6 days a week for 3 months, and now I make it for my husband and kids most mornings, too. It keeps me going for 5-6 hours without hunger, fills my body (and theirs) with all of the good things in life, gets me going on my protein goal for the day, and goes down easy and smooth. I like to think elite athletes would approve.
The “OG” Smoothie: AKA Charge Me Like a Cell Phone
1 scoop of high quality protein powder (with at least 20 grams of protein and no artificial sweeteners) * I use After Burn which has 25 grams and a really neutral flavor
2 tbsp of almond butter
2 tbsp chia seeds
1-2 cups of almond milk, unsweetened vanilla
2-3 cups of frozen spinach (I buy the giant bag at Costco and just throw it in the freezer and shatter it like glass when it comes out)
Add a handful of ice, and blend in a high quality blender like a Vitamix or a Nutribullet for a super creamy texture. If you’re nursing or working out intensely, consider adding an avocado or another scoop of protein powder
- Add ice for super cold smoothie
- Add cauliflower rice for extra veggies + super frosty
- Any greens will do- arugula, kale, and herbs
- If green smoothies are new to you, you can start with 1/4 cup of frozen fruit added, but after about a week, phase them out
- Sometimes I replace some of the almond milk with iced coffee