Protein Piña Colada
Spring is here, which means delicious tropical frozen drinks are certainly apropos. I love the ocean, and wish that Atlanta was proximal to a large body of water. I figure if I am not at the beach, I can bring the beach to me. So this past Friday, I mixed up a little concoction of my design to do just that.
When I thought about what ingredients I wanted to work with I had to take into account what this smoothie needed to deliver nutritionally. I had just finished an extremely physically taxing CrossFit workout, so getting protein and healthy carbohydrates into my system was a necessity for recovery and muscle growth. What I came up with was completely inspired. What better tropical drink to create the illusion of beach living than a pina colada? Once I threw on a little reggae music, I was instantly transported to the Caribbean.
So without further ado, as one of my fitness inspirations, Mankofit, always says, “Here’s what your sexy self will need”!
- 1/2 cup Diced Pineapples
- 1 cup Coconut Milk
- 1/2 cup Egg Whites (Muscle Egg my preferred choice, just make sure they are safe to eat raw)
- 1 tbsp Almond Butter
- 1 cup Ice
- Place ice, diced pineapples, and coconut milk in the blender and crush the ice
- Add the almond butter next
- Finish by pouring the egg whites in last while blending (helps thicken the smoothie)
- Serve in a large glass, and enjoy
*If you are vegan, you can replace the egg whites with hemp protein, but the consistency will change. Play with the proportions to achieve the desired texture and protein content.
**I find this to be more than sweet enough, but if you desire a more sweet flavor profile you can add a natural sweetener like raw honey or raw agave. (If weight loss is your goal, I would omit the extra sugar)
Bon Appétit! ~A.J.~