This little piggy had a smoothie

Two years ago, I got my mom a wooden little piggy cutting board. She has a thing for pigs. We have this little four inch tall statue of three pigs stacked on top of each other and another little clay sculpture of a pig that either my mom or sister made when they were little. And now we also have this little piggy cutting board that the smoothie is on top of in the picture. I thought it was cute and went along with her little piggy theme. But now we use it to display salami and cheese on when guests come over. Kind of weird, but that’s neither here nor there.

I make this smoothie in the morning as my post workout meal.

  • The maca gives me energy and balances my hormones (because I could really use some balance in my life).
  • The banana gives me the potassium and sugars I need for muscle repair and energy.
  • Freshly ground flax meal provides me of my omega-3s (because, ew, fish).
  • Cacao has ample magnesium and slight amounts of caffeine that can temporarily ward off my coffee addiction.
  • Brazil nuts give me the selenium that I probably wouldn’t get from really anything else in my diet. Plus, selenium protects against cell damage and acts as an antioxidant.


*See the little piggy? You won’t feel like a pig after drinking this smoothie!

Side note: you can grind the cacao and flax seeds in a coffee grinder before throwing it into the blender.

One more side note: you can replace the coconut water for cold brew coffee if you’re feeling extra sassy!

Banana Cacao Post Workout Smoothie

Blend together the following ingredients in a blender for a single serving.

10 ounces coconut water

1 tablespoon ground cacao

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1/2 tablespoon maca

1 banana

1-2 brazil nuts

2 pitted dates

1 tablespoon almond butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Protein packed banana strawberry smoothie

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I created this smoothie 100% on accident. I’m going to quote my friend, Hattie, here: “I get really creative when I have limited groceries left”. Sometimes great things can happen when you have to get a little creative. I made this smoothie to help me last through my lunch time classes all the way to dinner. It did the trick! It’s loaded with protein from the chia, hemp and flax seeds. Plus, there’s tons of fiber from all the seeds, banana and strawberries to keep you full for hours. It’s got the great flavor of a strawberry banana smoothie that you’re used to with the extra benefits of keeping you full longer.

Bottom line: Make it. Your taste buds will be happy and your belly will be pleasantly full.

Protein packed banana strawberry smoothie

serves 1


10 oz coconut water

1 banana

4 strawberries (can be frozen or fresh)

2 dates, pitted

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon cacao nibs

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 1/2 tablespoons hemp seeds

2 teaspoons coconut butter

1. Add 2 teaspoons hot water to a small container holding the chia seeds. Allow this to gelatinize while you put together the rest of the smoothie.

2. In a coffee grinder, combine the cacao nibs and flax seeds. Blend until it forms a fine powder.

3. Combine all of the ingredients (including the powder created in step 2 and the gelatinized chia seeds) and blend for 2 minutes or until there are no more chunks.


My favorite post workout meals for any type of workout

Last week at the fitness class I taught, someone asked me what they should eat after working out. What you eat post workout is vital to recovery so it’s important to really know whats best to have. It does vary slightly depending on what type of exercise/how long of a workout you’ve done. If you look it up online, you’ll get all these confusing numbers for exactly how many protein grams to carb grams you should eat. I wanted to make it simple for everyone and let you guys know what exact food work for ME post workout. It may not work for everyone, but it’s a good starting point to try out.

I’ve done almost every type of sport there is, so I’ve been through all of the trial and error for what works post workout.

Here’s what works for me…

1.If you just finished a long endurance type of workout (45 minutes or more of biking, swimming, running, etc.), it’s important to refuel as well as get some protein and fat in there. I tend to drink my banana date smoothie. Here’s the recipe:

Banana Date Smoothie

362 calories, 25 grams protein

1 banana

1 packet/scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder)

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

2 pitted dates

1 tablespoon almond butter

1. Blend everything together for 30 seconds.

2. If it’s a muscle workout day such as HIIT or leg day, I go for something quick and tasty and that has higher protein and fat to help build muscle.

I am in LOVE with Perfect Bars! They’re gluten free, non-GMO, and most of their ingredients are organic. Plus, it’s made with superfoods and it has 17 grams of protein. Any of the flavors are great for post workout, but my favorites are carob chip and cranberry crunch. It also has 17 grams of good fat to keep you satisfied. Don’t be afraid of fat. If it’s good fat, then fat doesn’t make you fat!

3. If I’ve just finished a yoga class, I go for something to rehydrate. 

I like to guzzle down a freshly pressed green juice. This will give you all the nutrients you need without the calories (since you don’t burn as many calories during a yoga session). If you do a hot yoga or power yoga class, you may also want to add in a Perfect Bar with your green juice.


I hope this helps when you decide what to eat after your workout!