hey everyone! glad you are all enjoying my marathon post about kitchen gadgets. i was worried that it was a little too long, but i should have factored in the fact that you are all just as kitchen obsessed as me.
i think i mentioned in passing that marshall has become mister health & fitness. well, i should elaborate a bit because it’s going to be something i talk about often. when i was in chicago, marshall sent me a few texts telling me that he wanted to start working out and eating healthy all the time. i know, as if i couldn’t love him more.
anyway, he has been faithfully going to the gym every day and he has also been eating healthy meals. actually, he used to skip breakfast and lunch and now he eats both meals consistently. he has been incorporating more protein into his diet in the form of tuna sandwiches and protein shakes.
i promise this is going somewhere. stay with me. he used to hate protein powder. he would absolutely refuse to consume protein powder of any kind. but lately, he has started concocting protein shakes that seriously taste like ice cream milk shakes. sure, the fact that he used whole milk probably has something to do with it (he is looking to gain), but there is something about his combination of ingredients that really make those protein shakes delicious.
i recently received some POM wonderful juice*. it’s their new pomegranate cranberry flavor. i don’t know about you, but i love cranberry juice. when i heard about POM’s new flavor fusion of pomegranate and cranberry, i was thrilled.
about the juice:
- contains no added sugars, preservatives or colors
- is a good source of potassium
- flash pasteurized to retain both flavor and nutrients
- certified kosher
each bottle is 16 ounces and that is actually two servings. it is easy to be deceived by prepackaged juices.. don’t let this bottle fool you: it contains two 8 ounce servings.
love that short ingredient list. just juice.
i have mentioned before that i don’t often drink juice straight up. i feel like it does nothing for me in terms of satiety. i could drink 8 ounces of this juice for 140 calories and still be hungry, or i could eat 140 calories worth of real fruit for a very filling snack.
instead of drinking this juice straight up, i took a cue from marshall who has been pouring the juice into his delicious shakes. i incorporated the pom cranberry juice into a filling protein shake.
i had this shake immediately after my bodyrock.tv workout yesterday. it was protein packed, berry filled and had a unique pomegranate cranberry tang. absolutely delicious.
pomberry protein shake.
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup (2 oz) pom wonderful pomegranate cranberry juice
- 1 container chobani champions verry berry yogurt
- 1 scoop (1/2 serving) tera’s whey acai berry protein powder
- 1/4 cup frozen blackberries
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/8 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/8 tsp guar gum
- 5 to 7 cubes of ice
i buy berries at costco and put them straight into the freezer for shakes. this is cheap and easy.
tera’s whey is one of my favorite brands of protein powder. it is organic and it is delicious. it is also expensive.. but i found it at TJ maxx awhile back and cleaned out the whole store. i have it in blueberry, acai berry, vanilla and chocolate.
if you haven’t made the effort to purchase xanthan & guar gum and you make smoothies.. trust me, you NEED to make the effort. they make a big difference in terms of thickness & creaminess!
this recipe filled my parfait glass twice and kept me full for 4 hours. here are the stats:
the carb-to-protein ratio was perfect for post-workout nutrition and it was surprisingly super filling for 275 calories. actually, i just now did the nutrition label calculation and i am pretty (pleasantly) surprised that it kept me full for so long!
so let’s back up.. instead of drinking a 16 oz bottle of juice for 280 calories and not getting full at all, i incorporated the tasty, tangy juice into a protein packed smoothie and managed to be full for 4 hours for the same number of calories.
i think i know how i’ll be using the rest of the POM wonderful juice. that is, unless, my husband uses it all first.
on that note, we are off to the gym! love that i can say that. i will be back later tonight with a winner for the uncle sam giveaway (there’s still time to enter!) and some random bits from the weekend.
1. do you drink juice? what is your favorite kind of juice?
2. do protein shakes keep you full?
xo. janetha g.