almond milk smoothies!

My recent run-in with stress fractures was a great reality check. I realized that my calcium and vitamin D intake were too low and that I needed to strength train far more than I do. While I’m not yet Sally Fields starring in a commercial for osteoporosis medication, I don’t want to get there. (Plus, being a petite woman makes me more susceptible to that… yikes!)

The one problem? I don’t like dairy milk, arguably the most readily available and easily consumable source of calcium. I talked with my trainer (yep, I got one of those when I was wearing a walking boot to help me from being sedentary and unhappy), and she recommended I switch to almond milk. I was reticent because almond milk is not a significant source of protein (only 1-2 grams per serving), but it’s a great source of calcium and other vitamins and minerals and it has zero cholesterol. ┬áIt’s also not very caloric (about 40 calories per serving), so it works well as a base in a smoothie. Coupled with protein powder and fruit or peanut butter, an almond milk smoothie provides a quarter of my daily calcium needs and 10-20 grams of protein. An awesome pre or post workout snack.

Plus, I like making things that taste like milkshakes. (Who doesn’t?) What are your favorite smoothie recipes or post workout snacks? Hope you enjoy these easy to make, tasty shakes.

lv, molly

High Protein Blueberry Smoothie

1/2 C blueberries
1 C almond milk
1 scoop protein powder (I like this one, but soy or vegan protein would work well too)

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

1/2 frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbl peanut butter

Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie (this one’s arguably a dessert…)

3 ice cubes
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbl organic peanut butter
1 Tbl nutella

P.S. It’s The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary today. I have such fond memories of my dad blasting their records in the garage while my mom was upstairs. I inherited his love for this band, and I think their music fuels my workouts as much as any snack. This song’s always been one of my favorites.