I recently was repurchasing a protein supplement powder. With the smoothie influence, this seems pretty routine these days. I also know this isn’t new but while looking, it dawned on me just how many supplements there are out there. Smoothies are in and it seems you can add a supplement powder for virtually any purpose. The basics are pre and post workout but there are so many different concoctions, I think it can be overwhelming.
I want to do what I can to improve my fitness level; something of course vital to being a writer; isn’t it? Well perhaps an honest attempt at maintaining or bettering fitness is just something important to me regardless of my endeavors.
Nevertheless, despite all these additives, I think I’ll stick to my basics, so I purchased a regular protein supplement powder. My basics: a pre-workout drink, an hour and a half workout and a post workout smoothie.
To keep with those basics, my recipes come from some I’ve seen, perhaps I’ve modified but they’re probably not unique. Still, they just seem to fit my simple approach.
The pre-workout drink, to add a little initial punch to the workout, is caffeine based. Since I love my coffee, this seems a natural. What isn’t too natural is, almost exclusively, I am a dark roast, black coffee drinker. Anything to add a flavour or dilute the rich, black, dark roast doesn’t work for me. My pre-workout drink, however, includes a scoop of vanilla protein powder (I stick with one scoop while most protein supplements I use usually suggest two scoops as a serving). Just seems wrong for me to add vanilla to a coffee based drink but I shamefully say, I like it.
Then I use two teaspoons of an instant coffee, an espresso instant if we have, and for me the teaspoons are heaping. One and a half cups of skim milk, a short stir cycle in the blender and I have my quick and simple energy boost that I drink about a half hour before workout (I’m a morning workout person).
My post workout smoothie isn’t any more complicated. It is good that the health benefits of blueberries have been widely advertised because I love blueberries. A cup of frozen blueberries with a cup of skim milk and, this time, two scoops of the vanilla protein powder (okay, I’m a vanilla kind of guy) make up the recipe. A thorough blend makes my simple post workout concoction.
The most important element to both these drinks, as you may notice in the pictures, is they must be drunk out of a Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions beer mug for full benefits. The beer mug? Adds the bad boy image to the good boy workout guy, I suppose.
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