I am currently training for a Sprint triathlon. What this means is that I am running 3 times a week swimming twice a week and biking 2 times a week at the very least. There are also the famous brick workouts, where you start out on your bike only to hop off it and run. I have decided that these are called brick workouts because your legs feel like bricks when you head out on a 4 mile run after being on your bike for over an hour.
All the cardio work leaves me extremely hungry and unfortunately I can’t eat whatever I want to like I did when I was younger and expect to fit in my pants the next week.
This leaves me with the need to eat what is most filling for the least amount of calories, so that I am satisfied for hours with no need of blowing the family budget on bigger clothes.
I find protein shakes really fill me up for less calories, and are simple to make a delicious to drink. My recipe for choco-choco chip banana protein shake makes 2 large glasses full, one for me and one for my daughter.
I use frozen bananas but you could use fresh and add in more ice. I buy vanilla whey powder since I find it more versatile than chocolate whey powder but if you were to use chocolate you would be end up with a more intense chocolate flavor.
Also you don’t need a fancy expensive blender to make a great protein shake. I have a Oster Beehive Blender that cost less than $60 and makes fabulous protein shakes and is easy to clean. My favorite part about my Oster Beeehive Blender is that it comes with a glass jug. I am not a fan of plastic jar blenders, I find plastic jars get cloudy with age and pick up odors.
- 2 cups frozen bananas
- 1 scoop vanilla whey powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup ice
- 2 tbsp chocolate syrup
- 2 tbsp semi sweet chocolate chips
- Throw it all in your blender and let it whirl until it is fully blended. Divide into two glasses for a calorie count of 345 calories per glass (using 2% milk).
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