I’ve started this new habit of creating weekly goals where I set my intention for the week in one word. Last week, that word was active. In addition to my usual yoga classes and kettlebell workouts, I focused on walking more, standing while working, going to a Barre class, and trying a hip hop dance class. Although my knees were not too happy about the dancing, it was a ton of fun and was a great new way to approach my goal and intention.
What are you goals and intentions for the week?
Regardless of what goals you are working on, I believe that healthy eating and proper nutrition are the foundation to creating a happy life. After all, if we don’t have our health, it makes it pretty hard to focus on other things.
With this intention in mind, I wanted to create a new low-sugar protein smoothie recipe to share with you and this raspberry coconut protein smoothie will help you to get the week started on the right foot!
First, let’s talk about protein.
Protein is a macronutrient (along with fat and carbohydrates) so it’s pretty important to the body. Protein is a building block and is used to build and repair tissues so it is especially important for active people. There is much debate how much we need and I’m not here to tell you to consume mass amounts of protein at every meal.
I think each of us needs to figure out what works best for our own bodies because each of us are different depending on our health and activity level. I will say that for myself, based on years of experimentation, I tend to feel better with a high-protein breakfast and definitely need a lunch or afternoon snack with protein. This is where a protein supplement can come in handy.
Of course I believe in eating whole foods and would prefer to consume foods in their natural state as much as possible, but as many of us know, with busy schedules and being on-the-go, using a protein powder before or after workouts can be a great addition to an overall healthy diet. This is why I want to introduce you to Naked Nutrition.
Naked Nutrition reached out to me a couple of months ago about their protein powders and I’m really excited to share them with you.
Here’s what I think makes Naked Nutrition different from other protein powders on the market today:
- Naked Nutrition is a small company who formulates and creates all natural protein powders for health conscience people who only want to put natural ingredients in their bodies.
- Naked Nutrition strips away all of the marketing and gimmicks that many companies use. They sell products with only the purest ingredients.
- Naked Nutrition’s proteins are loaded with essential amino acids and NO artificial sweeteners or colors.
And, here’s proof of that:
This is the nutrition label from their Naked Pea Protein Powder along with the standard things I look for when I read a nutrition label. As you can tell from above, the ONLY ingredients are yellow pea protein! There are NO added sugars, artificial sweeteners, or colors. AND, per serving, there are 27 grams of protein and only 2 grams of carbohydrates!
They offer a variety of protein options from Grass-Fed Whey Protein to Goat Whey Protein to Organic Brown Rice Protein Powder. Since I don’t typically consume dairy, I instantly fell in love with their Pea Protein powder:
- Naked Pea is a vegan protein made exclusively from raw yellow peas grown in the USA and Canada using environmentally-friendly farming practices.
- It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, organic, and non-GMO.
- Naked Pea’s superior amino acid profile is the result of processing via mechanical water-extraction without the use of chemicals.
How AMAZING is that?! If you’re interested, you can read more details about their Pea Protein and order it here.
Note: Since pea protein is not a complete protein, if you are vegan, I would recommend ensuring that you are getting complete plant-based sources of protein (e.g. quinoa) in your diet throughout the day.
I also really love their protein sample packs (pictured above) because if you’re curious about trying all of their options, you can test them out before you commit to buying a 5 lb tub.
Alright, now it’s time to talk about this delicious Raspberry Coconut Protein Smoothie.
This was my post-workout treat the other day and it was incredibly satisfying! I wanted to create a high-protein, low-sugar smoothie that will help aid muscle recovery without creating an insulin spike! Bingo!
This raspberry coconut protein smoothie uses 5 simple ingredients and contains no added sugars. I used Naked’s Pea Protein powder as my protein supplement, and the nice thing about this one is that it doesn’t taste like anything so it blends right in with the berries and coconut milk. I also used a few drops of this liquid vanilla stevia to add a touch of sweetness without added sugar.
Here’s the nutritional breakdown so you can see all this goodness for yourself:
- 200 calories
- 6g fat
- 18g carbohydrates
- 6g sugar
- 29g protein
And the best part? It’s absolutely delicious!
- 1 scoop naked pea protein powder (or protein powder of choice)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup coconut milk beverage
- ½ cup ice
- 10 drops vanilla stevia (or to taste)
- Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.