It’s summertime which means I enjoy particular summer flavors of things. I love eating for the season for several reasons: First reason is because I buy what’s in season (sales!). Second reason is there is some sort of comfort about eating particular foods in certain weather. Curling up on the couch with a bowl of chili for example. Or make delicious strawberry-coconut smoothies to enjoy after a workout – particularly if it takes place on a weekend and I can eat it outside on the porch.
Justin and I were really into smoothies and smoothie bowls last summer. One of our weekend routines was to wake up, chug pre-workout and eat a little carb-dense snack before hitting the gym. When we came home I whipped us up some smoothie bowls with so many delicious toppings and we’d sit on the porch or in front of the TV and devour them with our post-workout appetites.
I miss those days a little but my new job now has me doing things a little differently. I don’t always do smoothies after a workout because I have to blend them before heading to work in the morning and my 6am shifts make that too early to run the blender. Also, without eggs in my diet I have been adding protein powder to my breakfasts – like oatmeal – and don’t want to supplement with it more than once a day. Therefore on one or two days a week I’ll blend up a smoothie, take it with me and stick it in the freezer at work. When I’m done with my workout, showering and changing, my smoothie is partially frozen and I can eat it with a spoon like half-melted ice cream! It’s still a good routine in its own way…but I have smoothie bowls on the breakfast menu this week.
Strawberry, banana, coconut and avocado – a real summer combination. I love putting avocado in my smoothies for the creamy texture it gives. The other flavors always cover up avocado flavor but avocado has that magically quality to it, like butter, that brings out other flavors in a dish (or smoothie in this case). This is why I love avocado in things or on things…but eating them straight like some people do is like eating a stick of butter to me. Nonetheless, avocado in a smoothie helps provide you with necessary healthy fats that we all need in our diets!
Strawberry Banana Coconut Avocado Protein Smoothie
- 1/2 avocado ripe
- 4-6 large strawberries frozen
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- additional coconut flakes opptional
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until mixture is smooth and creamy.
I use Lifetime's Vegan Protein Powder because it's naturally sweetened, lactose-free, and it is the best tasting plant-based protein I've tried.