My Pre-Workout Smoothie

img_3057

There’s this myth that a love of food and cooking and a love of the gym are mutually exclusive. For me, they are linked; the gym being the place where I work off calories I’ve eaten, and the kitchen being the place where I prepare food that keeps me strong and (hopefully) healthy.

Going vegan was a big part of that. When I gave up all animal products, I decided to do it ‘right’, meaning in a way that was healthy and maintainable; I’m in this for the long haul.

img_3054That doesn’t mean I became a total health nut, though. I think this smoothie shows the balance between tasty and healthy that I’m after. Because I know a kale or spinach smoothie is better for you but I just don’t like them. Or I go off them when I have them too often, I should say. Now this fruity one I could drink every day.

So without further ado I give you my pre-workout smoothie. I use measuring cups here because it’s handy and because weighing ingredients for a smoothie feels wrong, somehow.

Ingredients
1 tbsp each of chia seeds, whole flax seeds and hemp seeds
water
1/4 cup oats
3/4 cup non-dairy milk
1 ripe banana
1 cup frozen summer fruit
1 tbsp vegan protein powder (I like Pulsin’ pea protein powder)

Preparation
Put the seeds in the 1/2 cup measure, add enough water to fill it up.
Put oats in the goblet of a blender with the milk.

Let seeds and oats soak for 10 minutes.

Add seeds (with soaking water), banana, summer fruit and protein powder to the blender and blend until smooth.

Enjoy