How are you doing today? We’re officially 2 weeks out from Christmas day, and even though I don’t have any decorations up in my house (I figured there wasn’t much point since I’m going to be away) the Christmas carols have been going non-stop. After getting home from the gym each morning, I’ve been firing up the New Holiday Hits station on Slacker Radio and singing along while I get ready, make breakfast, and read blogs. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of Michael Buble!
Over to this week’s new things…
1. Recipe of the Week. Brussels sprouts haters, you’re going to have to forgive me because today’s recipe is all about the B-sprout. I’ll never turn down any vegetable, but right now it’s my roaster of choice.
Most of my lunches these days consist of heaps of seasonal veggies, a little bit of whole grain, sauteed or steamed greens, and some sort of protein. In fact, this Roasted Veggie Bowl with Magic Miso Sauce started off as just another Sunday lunch, but turned out to be so amazing that I had to share.
In addition to the Brussels sprouts, it contains sweet potato, quinoa and red Swiss chard. Oh, and the sauce. OH MY GOSH the sauce. I’m not kidding when I say it’s magical.
While the sprouts and sweet potato do take a little while to roast, trust me, it’s SO worth it in the end. The way the skins of the Brussels sprouts crisp up in the oven just can’t be matched with steaming or pan frying, so I highly recommend spending the extra time.
I purposely left the protein source out of the recipe so that you can use whatever you have on hand. Chopped chicken or turkey would be a good add-in for meat eaters, and if you’re looking for a plant-based option, tempeh, chickpeas, or some sort of white bean (white kidney or white navy, for example) would be good bets.
2. New Vega Protein Smoothie. Vega products are my #1 sports nutrition supplements of choice, but I have to admit that I was never really a fan of their Shake ‘n Go Smoothie blend. If you’re familiar with Vega products, you may recall that the old Shake ‘n Go Smoothie packaging looked like this:
Recently the product was revamped and re-named Protein Smoothie. It now comes in 5 flavours:
- Tropical Tango
- Viva Vanilla
- Bodacious Berry
- Oh Natural
Each serving contains 15g plant-based protein, only 90 calories, and the same amount of vitamins and minerals as 2 servings of veggies. (In case you wondered, this compares to 15g protein in Vega One and 25g protein in Vega Performance Protein.) Stevia is used to sweeten the formula and there are only 2g of sugar per serving.
Since it’s cold outside, I’ll admit I haven’t been drinking as many ice-cold smoothies each day as in the summer. But after yesterday morning’s swim, I was super hungry and totally in the mood. Into the Vitamix went the following:
- a scoop of Choc-a-lot Protein Smoothie Powder
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 head of romaine lettuce
- about 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 heaping tsp each maca root powder, raw cacao powder, spirulina (for an even greener boost)
- water and ice
All blended up it didn’t look like anything special, but this was one GREAT smoothie! It may be because I haven’t had a banana-based blend in a while, but the Choc-a-lot powder plus the raw cacao made it super chocolatey. But the taste testing didn’t stop.
The bag claims the powder can simply be shaken with water and consumed right away – no blender required. When I tried this with the old formula (Shake ‘n Go Smoothie), it left a lot to be desired. However, it turns out that the new Protein Smoothie actually does taste great on its own! I took a serving of Tropical Tango in a shaker cup to work, and drank yesterday it with my afternoon snack of veggies. In my opinion, it seems to mix a lot easier with water than the old version, and it’s sweeter too (thanks to the stevia). It still looks very green, but the taste is way more fruity. Big fan over here!
So tell me…
- Have you tried the new Vega Protein Smoothie blends yet? What did you think?
- Did you try anything new yesterday?