I have slowly been making the transition to vegetarianism. Right now, I consider myself a flexitarian (what?!? – it’s basically a casual (or lazy) vegetarian, where you have 4-6 meatless days a week). In most cases, it’s very easy for me. I have little trouble giving up chicken and beef. I have more trouble giving up seafood and bacon. So, basically, I don’t give it up completely – I just eat less.
Working out and vegetarianism isn’t particularly easy. Especially, when I really begin training for my Olympic triathlons and half marathons. In order to prepare, I have been reading a great deal from Matt at No Meat Athlete. Matt says, “you only need to eat healthy twice during the day. While you’ll certainly eat more than twice a day, just two healthy meals make it pretty hard to screw up the rest of them.” Those two times are a smoothie in the morning and a salad in the afternoon.
I have been taking to his advice and starting my day with a smoothie, and boy o’ boy, is it delicious…
For 1 16oz or so smoothie:
– 1/2 banana
– small handful frozen mango
– 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
– 1-2 tablespoons protein powder – mine is vanilla hemp.
– 1 table spoon hemp oil
– enough water ’till it reaches the desired thickness
So far, it fills me up well into the morning, when I sometimes have a small snack. But more over, the snack I choose is usually healthier: yogurt, fruit, raw carrots, or a little trail mix. I definitely have more energy throughout the day than when I had an egg sandwich and coffee for breakfast. I don’t even miss my latte – Sorry, Starbucks!
Furthermore, I find myself taking the stairs at work and finding time to take the dog for a longer walk. I have yet to lose any pounds, but I certainly am not gaining any. I have also been trying the salads for lunch or in the afternoon. I don’t have the same cravings for unhealthy snacks or meals filled with meat. These smoothies are easing my transition and I don’t feel like I am missing anything.
I can’t be sure it’s the smoothie, but with the holidays here, I need all the help I can get….