If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been using this protein powder for a while now. I wanted to give you guys a review of how I am liking it so far, how I’ve been using it, and a new smoothie recipe that includes this protein powder.
First off, I want to say that you do not need supplements in your diet every single day. For me, this is something I use to enhance my smoothies, as I believe it is important to include some kind of protein in a smoothie if you are using it for a meal replacement. Smoothies are an excellent way to get in a ton of fruits & veggies all in one swoop, but you can use protein powder in a post-workout shake mixed with water or milk of your choice if you are not a fan of “liquid meals.” That being said, I am quite happy with this protein powder and how it has been making me feel over the last week and a bit, so let’s get into it!
I picked this up from Costco for $39.99. It is a 1.02kg container and includes 34 servings. This breaks down to $1.17 per serving. I picked up the vanilla bean flavour, though it also comes in chocolate. Leanfit Complete Green protein powder is a plant based protein powder that is GMO free, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. It contains 20% of your daily fibre intake and is perfect for those who are vegetarian and vegan, or those who may have allergies to things like soy, dairy, and gluten. I was drawn to this because I felt like whey protein did not agree with my stomach and made me feel heavy and bloated after drinking a whey protein shake (yes, the isolate whey, too!).
This contains a blend of pea, hemp, flaxseed, brown ride, and chia seed protein. It is sweetened with stevia and does not contain any weird fillers or ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Bonus: it only contains 1 gram of sugar and has 19 grams of protein per serving. It contains essential amino acids to aid in muscle recovery and repair, and also has 100mg of potassium and 35% of your daily iron intake in one scoop (which is a 30g serving).
So, how have I been using it?
The first time I used this protein powder was in a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and almond butter. This was like a blueberry dessert bowl! It was super tasty, but I also wanted to try it blended into a smoothie. I must say, the smoothie is my favourite way to use it! Last week I had a smoothie almost every morning for breakfast, and I felt satiated until lunch time rolled around at work.
Here is my go-to smoothie recipe:
Vanilla Berry Protein Smoothie:
1 1/2 cashew (or almond) milk
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp spirulina/chlorella (optional: I buy mine as a blend)
1 tsp maca powder (also optional but is good for balancing hormones & increasing energy naturally)
1 tbsp chia seeds (for healthy fats and fibre)
1 scoop Leanfit Complete Green plant-based protein powder in vanilla bean
As much spinach and greens as you can fit!
Blend, blend, blend until smooth and enjoy!
If you are in the market for a plant-based protein powder, I would highly recommend this one. Next I would like to try the chocolate flavour and see how it compares. I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate? Again, I found this at my local Costco but I’m sure you can find it online : )
What is YOUR favourite protein powder? Any that I should try?
Who else loves breakfast as much as I do? I am a serious fan, even so to the point where I have a go-to breakfast. As most of you know that is oatmeal, which I eat almost every day. However, I have been branching out – GASP! – and have been eating things like eggs with lots of greens and veggies, and lately I have been throwing together yogurt bowls. These yogurt bowls have lots of texture to them, meaning there’s some crunch from homemade granola, softness from the blueberries and bananas, and a bit of extra crunch from shredded unsweetened coconut flakes.
If you have been reading my blog for a while (or for a hot minute anyway) you may have heard that I am not a big dairy fan. Dairy gives me stomach cramps, makes me bloat, and I generally do not feel good when I have dairy. So, I use coconut milk yogurt. I found mine at my local Thrifty Foods, though I’m sure you can find any yogurt or yogurt alternative wherever you like to shop : ) The brand I gravitate towards is called Yosso. It is unsweetened, no crazy ingredients, and has a nice slightly thick texture – none of that runny BS. Plus, it mixes well in smoothies and you can get a few different flavours if you want to mix things up.
I have been loving coconut yogurt bowls with homemade granola as a snack on the weekends. Actually, I brought my leftover yogurt and a jar of the granola to work last week as a quick lunch, since I had a massage therapy appointment during my actual break. I don’t typically eat lunch in my office (snacks, sure, but not a full blown meal), but this was a nice way to get fuel into my system on the DL without a huge mess to clean up. Additionally, it makes for a good mid-day sweet tooth crusher when I am ravenous after my weekend long runs.
You can use whatever fruit you want, but for the purpose of today’s recipe I used half a ripe banana and frozen blueberries. I also sprinkled on some raisins for extra sweetness. One thing I forgot to add: cinnamon! It is great at helping your body stabilize your blood sugar, plus I just love the taste. Now, I’m not going to be telling you how to “assemble” this bowl because really, it’s pretty straight forward. Yogurt + bowl + toppings = yogurt bowl. Hey, we’re all rocket scientists now.
However, I will get into how you make the granola! I adapted this from the recipe found in the Run Fast Eat Slow cook book, as I was missing some ingredients but had others on hand.
Without further wait, here it is:
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/3 cup unrefined coconut oil (melted in saucepan)
1/4 cup honey
The original recipe calls for ginger and blackstrap molasses, both of which I didn’t have. So, I put in some cinnamon instead of ginger and left it at honey for further sweetening.
Put all of your dry ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined. Once your coconut oil is melted, pour that on top as well as your honey. Mix well until it is all combined, then spread onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. I had my oven at 350F and baked the granola for about 35 minutes, or until it is golden. Once it hit 15 minutes I stirred it around, then stirred again at 25 minutes. It depends how crunch you like your granola, but once you let it cool down the honey & coconut oil will help “set” and make little granola clusters : )
Let me know if you try this recipe out! It is rather addicting, so be warned ; ) Until next time!
1. Hold the phone. One thing that is important in the morning is allowing yourself to wake up on your own terms, without being inundated with social media first thing. I know how tempting it can be to check your phone right away. Trust me, been there all too often! However, I wait until I’ve been up for an hour (give or take) before I finally check social media. It can be so overwhelming for me in the morning to be bombarded with what everyone else is doing, so keeping my phone aside while I am going about my morning business helps me feel more engaged in what I am feeling and doing to get my day started
2. Lemon water, lemon water, lemon water. I LOVE lemon water so much. Lemon water in the morning (especially with warm water) is a gentle way to “detox” your body and flush out any toxins in your system. It kickstarts the digestive system, rehydrates the body, and can help energize you for the day ahead. BUT – that doesn’t mean ditch the coffee. Drink your lemon water first, girl! Hydrate before you caffeinate is my rule of thumb.
3. Get moving – or not. Some people love to exercise in the morning. I am one of those people who enjoy working out in the morning to get my sweat-sesh out of the way, though at the same time I also enjoy working out in the evening to sweat out the day’s stress. That being said, exercising in the morning can help wake you up and aid in better dietary choices throughout the day. On the other hand, some people love starting their morning on a more quiet note: meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to be sitting on your yoga mat for an hour saying “Omm” one hundred times. I ain’t got time (or the patience) for that. However, even meditating for five minutes can be beneficial at calming your nervous system, clearing your mind, and setting positive intentions for your day. Find what works for you and go with it!
4. Journal or read. I am a book lover at heart (maybe that’s why I enjoy blogging so much!) and whether you are reading a biography, a fantasty novel (Harry Potter say heyyyy whaaat), or writing in your journal, the act of reading and writing can not only be therapeutic, but it can also help reinvigorate your mind. Waking up with an interesting article is a nice way to pass time as you’re having your morning lemon water, too!
5. Eat breakfast. If you aren’t a big fan of breakfast foods, eat something. If you think about it, you wouldn’t drive your car without putting gas in it, right? So why would you start your day without fueling your body? My go-to breakfast is oatmeal, though I have been switching it up lately with eggs and berries a few times per week when I want some more protein in the morning. Not interested in cooking in the morning? There are tons of yummy recipes out there for healthy breakfast cookies and muffins, that way you can grab, go, and be on your way. Alternatively, a smoothie is another great way to get some nutrients into the system! Having breakfast ensures that your brain and body have the nutrients required to perform at it’s best.
Now, off to get my coffee! Have a fantastic day everyone : )