Well, if my weather app is not lying to me, it looks like we are getting a week of sunshine and warm weather! Like everybody else in Portland, I’m pretty stoked about that. I think seeing the sun icon on my phone made me want something bright and fruity for breakfast today, so I did one of my favorite tropical inspired combos: sweet potato, banana, pineapple, mango.
I like to keep frozen fruit on hand for smoothies, and Trader Joe’s has good options for tropical fruits without additives. I always pick up mango and pineapple when I’m there. Coupled with pre-roasted sweet potatoes in the fridge and fresh banana (you could totally use frozen, too), this breakfast/pre-workout smoothie was quick to throw together. It’s a relatively high (complex) carb and protein shake with some MCT oil to bring the healthy fat.
I recently purchased a branched chain amino acid supplement for my pre and post workout smoothies, on the advice of a trusted advisor. Looking into some of the research, it doesn’t seem like using a BCAA supplement will give you miraculous results in the gym, but it does get absorbed directly into the blood stream and aid in protein genesis. As always, you should consult your doctor before beginning a supplement regimen. So far, I am really liking it; I do feel like I have more energy and recover more quickly, though that could totally be all in my head. This effervescent pineapple flavor adds a nice kick to my fruity shakes, and helps to balance the overly green flavor of my greens booster when I use that.
Other old friends making an appearance: pure MCT oil from non GMO coconuts and pasture raised collagen peptides. Since I’ve taken up a coconut oil and collagen regimen, I have noticed a huge improvement in my hair, skin, and nails. Of course, it could be a combination of a lot of things, but all three haven’t been so healthy in quite a while. I’ve also noticed a lot of improvement in digestion and decrease in heartburn!
So in addition to those amazing benefits, they serve as great sources of macronutrients in smoothies like this one. I have, however, been watching the volume of my coconut oil and MCT oil intake lately, as I think I was going a little off the rails with the calories there for a minute. Like all things, benefits can be overshadowed if the product isn’t used appropriately.
- Protein sources:
- Collagen peptides
- Greek yogurt
- Sweet potato
- BCAA supplement
- Carbohydrate sources:
- Sweet Potato
- Greek yogurt
- Fat source:
- MCT oil
- 100 g organic banana (1 small banana) – save the peel!**
- 100 g pre-roasted sweet potato (or yam, which is often just a mislabeled sweet potato in US grocery stores) – about 1 small
- 140 g frozen mango (about 1 cup)
- 2 T low fat Greek yogurt
- 1 scoop collagen peptides
- 1 scoop BCAA supplement
- 1/2 T MCT oil
- 2 cups nut milk of your choice (I use Silk cashew milk unsweetened original)
Blend it up and enjoy!
**I have been saving my banana peels (organic bananas only) in a freezer ziploc in my freezer, and using them to make nighttime banana peel tea. This is an excellent sleep aid; I think it works better than melatonin supplementation, in that I find it easier to wake up naturally the next morning. When doing this, I make sure to remove the stickers and wash the outside of the peel before storing it, so that I can take them straight from the freezer to make the tea. Simply boil 2 banana peels for ten minutes in 1 quart water, with optional cinnamon stick.