No surprise here, it's winter. Despite the decent weather outside, my favorite fruits aren't in season. If you're like me and you just can't give up the flavors of summer, an alternative is the frozen fruit section of your supermarket. It's not the best alternative BUT it's still a healthy option and they will not go bad as quickly as the fresh ones. I like adding fresh fruit to all my protein shakes - regardless the flavor. Makes it feel less "fake." When purchasing frozen fruit, make sure you are getting the "no sugar added" kind. Many packages are either frozen with sugar, packed with syrup, or really sweet frozen yogurt. Stay away from those, I find they are LOADED with more calories than necessary. Make your own shakes with Low Fat Plain Greek Yogurt and you'll find that the fruit is sweet enough. If it isn't, there is always PEANUT BUTTER OR ALMOND BUTTER for taste!
I enjoy the Cascadian Farms Frozen Blueberries and Strawberries the most. You can find them at Stop and Shop or A&P. I tried the Stop and Shop brand frozen Strawberries and didn't like as much. There didn't seem to be much flavor to them. The Cascadian Farms brand is organic and defrost well - for pancakes. Yumm!
I am a Strawberry-Banana-PB-Chobani-Vanilla Protein kind of girl.
Here's my favorite smoothie (562 calories):
- 6-8 frozen Strawberries (77 calories per cup)
- 1 fresh Banana (100 calories or so)
- 1tbsp Peanut Butter (95 calories - go for the all natural sweetened with honey)
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (150 calories -Muscle Milk brand)
- 1cup Chobani-Non fat Plain Yogurt (140 calories)
I usually place the strawberries in the blender with the yogurt until its nice and smooth (add water or milk if necessary) and then throw in the rest of the ingredients. Chobani Yogurt is packed with protein - 18g per 6oz - add in the protein powder and you've got yourself a great drink to start the day with. I'll try to have this in the morning or mid-day whenever possible. A definite pick me up and a reminder that winter is just a season and I'll be sitting out doors with my fresh fruit in no time.