I'd like to talk about a topic near and dear to my heart: BREAKFAST.
I would eat breakfast any time of the day, twice on Wednesdays....or twice on any other day, as I often do have two breakfasts...
My first breakfast is usually enjoyed directly after a training session. For this meal, I make a smoothie. I won't bore you with carb-to-protein ratios, but I will say that it's good to get in some of each after a workout. A smoothie is a great way to accomplish this goal - it's a breakfast multitasker.
And speaking of multitasking, these longer training sessions are cutting into my get-ready-for-work time. So I've started to combine activities and have breakfast in the shower.
Now, before you judge, let me explain:
1. I'm not PREPARING the smoothies in the shower, a la Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld.
2. I only do this when I'm at Chelsea Piers because they have huge showers with hooks and little stools, so I can set up my smoothie along side my various accoutrements and have a few sips in between my shampoo and conditioning.
Still think this is weird? I just don't care.
The reason I don't care is because after a workout I'm really hungry. And for some reason a swim/run workout seems completely doable before breakfast, but drying my hair and getting dressed before eating seems insurmountable.
So, I tote my smoothie into the shower with me and all you naysayers be damned!
I have a number of smoothie recipes, but my current favorite is called Blueberry Coconut Fabulousness.
The trick to this one is fresh blueberries. You could use frozen, of course, but I find the flavor from the fresh berries is better. Here's how is goes:
What You Need:
1 cup Almond Milk
1 scoop (or serving) natural flavor protein powder. I'm using this one right now.
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup shredded coconut (you can use sweetened or unsweetened)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Dash of ground nutmeg
What To Do:
Throw all this stuff in a blender and BLEND like the Dickens.
Drink immediately OR pour it into a spare water bottle and stick it in the fridge. Tote it with you to the gym the next morning and enjoy while showering.
Here are a few more highlights from week 2 of training, including a forced cab ride, Hotwheels and more portable breakfast options.