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MATERNITY LEAVE HAZE & HAPPY NEW YEAR
Happy New Year, everyone!! I love the freshness that the new year brings and the feeling of new opportunities buzzing around the corner. Being on maternity leave sometimes feels like the earth has stopped spinning and time is standing to still. Nothing snaps you out of that haze like a trip to the grocery store and seeing Valentine’s Day candy and hearts everywhere!
It also became apparent that I’ve been living in a cocoon when my girlfriend asked me about my NY resolutions. Not only had I not thought about them, I didn’t want to think about them. I wasn’t ready to rejoin society and leave my little safe haven. She was surprised because she knows I love writing out my goals. I’ve written about goals here, here and here. Last year I even broke out my goals quarterly to make them more attainable. But this year, I wasn’t all that interested. I knew I’d eventually do it once I went back to work in February and reality sunk back in.
That being said, I’m going to continue to enjoy my maternity leave haze / bliss. 😉 You can find me getting in all the baby snuggles until I go back to work at the start of February!
PROTEIN SHAKE RECIPE
While at home, one of the things I enjoy doing is making myself a delicious protein shake. Sometimes I’ll drink it after a workout and other times when I know I haven’t gotten my daily intake of meat or fish. I got the original recipe from my dad, who created it several years ago. It reminds of my parents every time I make it and transports me back to weekends in San Antonio when he would make it for all of us. I took his recipe and added protein powder and modified a few things! My husband made it for me when I had an aversion to meat during both pregnancies.
Here’s the recipe:
- a few ice cubes
- 1 cup whole milk [8g protein]
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 banana (overripe ones are great because they make the shake sweeter)
- 2 Tablespoons peanut butter [7g protein]
- 1 cup Fage Total 5% Greek yogurt [20g protein]
- 1/3 Tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tsp organic cacao powder
- 1 Tsp organic flax seed
- 1 Tsp chia seeds
- 1 scoop protein powder [15g protein]
- 1/3 to 1/2 bag of baby spinach
Throw everything into the blender in the order above. Ice cubes go in first because they’re the hardest to blend. Then throw in the other large or “harder to blend” items [i.e blueberries, banana, peanut butter, yogurt.] Add the remaining ingredients and top off the blender with spinach. [You can see how I top off the blenderMix and enjoy!
The version above gives you 50 grams of Protein and is a good source of antioxidants [from the blueberries and spinach]. I linked the products that I typically use above. I prefer plant-based and organic foods as much as possible. The protein powder I used in the pictures is the Central Market Whey Powder, which works just fine. I was out of the Vega, a plant-based protein powder that I typically use. Vega has also come out with a 4-ingredient pea protein powder that I am going to try next. I’m always concerned about protein powders [or any foods for that matter] that are chalked full of ingredients I can’t pronounce.
In addition, you can make this shake without the protein powder and without the yogurt if you’re not looking to increase your protein intake by this much. This shake is delicious and makes a great snack!
I hope y’all enjoy this recipe! Let me know how you like it in the comments below.