Lately I’ve really taken to hitting the weight room at the gym. I like some of the circuit machines, but when I’m feeling particularly hard core, I head for what I call the “boy section.” The area with the free weights and all the intense large weight racks for squats and bench presses, etc. I call it the “boy section” for obvious reasons, it’s typically populated by the gorilla juice heads as Snooki would say. I learned some legitimate weight lifting routines when I played water polo in college, so I try to channel my former identity as a college athelete.
From what I’ve learned, the best way to follow up a heavy duty weight workout is to fuel your body. This brings me to my recent use of protein powder and making protein shakes. I try to be strategic and only make a protein shake if I’ve just finished a workout, because otherwise I feel like the shake sort of goes to waste. While hopefully nutitionally beneficial, protein shakes are not usually low cal, so I try to be a little cautious.
I try to keep it simple, here’s what I’ve been mixing up lately
Banana Cream Protien Shake
yeilds one serving
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 banana
- splash of almond milk (or non-dairy/dairy equivilant of your choice)
- 3 ice cubes
- handful of spinach (you won’t taste it but it might make the shake green, and you gotta eat your spinach baby)
Not only is it delicious but it’s nice and filling. If I’m having a particularly healthy day all I really need for lunch is this shake and an apple, then I’m set until my mid afternoon snack. Not to mention I feel that much closer to qualifying for the Jersey Shore.