Happy first day of summer and NATIONAL SMOOTHIE DAY (yep, that’s a thing)!
Yes, it's a silly day, but in my book, nothing beats a smoothie after a hot summery run, but I have a few caveats:
1. Skip the protein powder. It's tough to come up short on protein in a healthful diet, so it's not necessary--my protein needs are easily met otherwise! Not to mention, after a tough workout, my body is looking for carbohydrates to replenish lost stores in any case, and the amount of protein in most powders is overkill.
2. I only put in my blender or bowl the amount of fruit I would actually eat whole--here I've used frozen banana and wild blueberries. It's easy to overdo it, adding five or more servings to fill the blender, resulting in an over-filled bowl with hundred and hundreds of calories of fruit. Yes, you can definitely have too much of a good thing.
3. It's ALL about the toppings! I love a good dollop of nut butter--cashew butter in this case--or whole nuts & seeds, and something crunchy--a quarter cup of nutty whole grain Michele's Granola in this bowl. It's also easy to keep piling on the goods, but unless I'm re-fueling after hours of running, this bowl will easily meet my post-workout hunger.
Here’s to meaningful food holidays!