Hello! Happy Sunday!
Oh man, Friday I got to workout with my best friend Bob again and it was just awesome. I can’t wait to recap the day, but business is business and I’ve got a workout and a delicious pumpkin protein mocha smoothie recipe for you. I know I’ve been teasing with a GNC whey protein version of my coconut cookie dough crumble too and that will be on the way soon, hopefully with a STUFT in the Kitchen video. I know, exciting right?
So yeah, we’ve been doing a lot with my huge jug of whey protein.
We’ve been making smoothies,
(click here for the recipe)
and even working out with it.
Yeah, that’s right,
the boys and I worked out with this bad boy.
Don’t mind Turk’s backside in the picture.
Hmm…. let’s see.
Let’s do the workout first and then some whey protein goodness. That’s how I like to do it here. Workout hard, and then have a little post workout protein treat. You too?
Before we work it out though I just wanted to show you some silly mama who was featured on Fitnessmagazine.com the other day.
Yeah, I’m trying to play it cool, but I’m pretty darn excited about it.
I posted this workout last week, but I’ve tried it out both with the stroller and with my boot camp ladies as our warm-up. It was a success both times. It’s a fun one that can be done anywhere.
I have to say that the boys love it too. The burpee stops are very entertaining to them for some reason. Burpees are also more fun when wearing a cute shirt like my Reebok Women’s Play Dry Short Sleeve Top. Ha ha.
Now for our first official fall inspired workout.
It was 90 degrees or so when we taped this, so it doesn’t quite have the “fall” feeling, but it’s quick and effective with just five moves and a five pound weight (or in our case a huge jug of whey protein).
If you don’t have a weight, you can use pretty much anything or just do the workout on it’s own.
I’m a big fan of HIIT workouts that are short and get your heart rate up quickly. This one will do that.
Here are the moves listed out for you just in case you don’t feel like being entertained by our antics while you do the workout.
Okay, so you did the workout, right? Now we can make a smoothie. Ha ha.
My favorite creation over the past week (besides the protein coconut cookie dough crumble) has been this thick pumpkin protein mocha smoothie.
It was inspired by the pumpkin mocha from the other day. It’s even better though because it’s super thick and packed with whey protein goodness.
I’ve been limiting dairy in my diet for awhile, so I was a little hesitant to add some whey protein back in the mix. My stomach seems to handle this GNC 100% Pro Performance Whey Protein pretty well though. I usually don’t use a full serving when I’m making smoothies. A full serving has 24 grams of whey protein, so even if I’m just using half a serving I get 12 grams of protein. This protein mixes well and taste good. I actually prefer the taste over the soy protein powder.
The benefits of whey protein and complete supplement facts can be found here on the GNC website.
Here is the smoothie that’s been making an appearance frequently over here.
Pumpkin Protein Mocha Smoothie
makes one serving
1/2 serving (2 tablespoons or 17 grams) GNC 100% Pro Performance Whey Protein
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1 tablespoon instant espresso (or instant coffee)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
sweetener (1 tablespoon sugar or sweetener of choice- I use 1-2 packets of stevia)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
1/4 teaspoon guar gum (optional- for thickening)
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional- for thickening)
3/4 cup crushed ice
Mix all ingredients in blender.
You can sub in other protein powders (soy or egg).
You can eliminate the espresso if you don’t want the caffeine.
The almond extract is optional also. I just love almond flavored anything.
Feel free to omit the xanthan and guar gums, I just add them to make the smoothie extra thick.
You can also add additional protein if you want.
This smoothie is my current favorite. It’s thick, rich and chocolaty, packed with protein, has some caffeine and has some added nutrition with the pumpkin. It’s just fabulous friends. You’ve got to try it.
Okay. That’s it.
Have a wonderful day! Enjoy your last day of September!
Ahhhhh……. really? Is it October tomorrow? Yikes.
Are you ready for a new month? Yeah, me either.
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