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.
That 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.
1 tbsp each of chia seeds, whole flax seeds and hemp seeds
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)
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.