A couple of weeks ago, I attended Yoga Journal Live in Hollywood, Fla. with my friend Megan from Designer Protein. Although she was flying in from California, it was just a drive for me, and since we’re both such smoothie geeks, I offered to bring my Vitamix along so we could make smoothies. You know, like you do. (You don’t? Well, you should.)
Now, let me state for the record that lugging a heavy, high-powered blender along wasn’t the simplest task, but it gave me a chance to share one of my favorite recipes with her (and introduce her to the amazingness that comes along with just tossing a big hunk of fresh ginger in a smoothie — it’s like magic!).
But I wasn’t the only one sharing delicious secrets! She had several individual-sized coconut waters, and on Saturday morning, before we headed out for our first of several yoga classes, she opened two of them, poured in a bunch of chia seeds, sealed them back up and tucked them away in the fridge for later.
Later that day, when we were munchy but didn’t want a full meal, we each grabbed one, poured in about half a scoop of vanilla Sunshine Protein powder, shook it all up and gulped it down (before I had a chance to take a picture, of course, but, you know, it really just looked like a container of coconut water — not so exciting anyway). It couldn’t have been easier or more satisfying, and it was totally tasty!
- 1 cup Zico coconut water
- 2 scoops Organic Sunshine Protein Powder (vanilla)
- 1 cup packed spinach
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 inch whole ginger
- ½ cucumber
- 1 apple, cored
- 1 TB chia seeds
- Pictured here sprinkled with chia seeds and hemp hearts.
- Blend in a high speed blender and add ice if needed.
I’ll admit, I felt a little silly that, with as many times as I’ve added chia seeds to different liquids for a quick and healthy snack, it never occurred to me to make it work on the go with single-serving cartons of coconut water. But now? Oh, now, I know.
Do you have any healthy snack ideas that could be tweaked to work on the road? I’m reevaluating my whole arsenal now! —Kristen