Walking is one of my favorite forms of exercise. I love to go on walks. No treadmill for me, I prefer to be in nature.
I’m not quite sure if my love of walking is a leftover effect from my formative years in France (where we walk just about everywhere) or if it’s an activity I grew to enjoy; it may be a combination of both. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter why I like it as much as how healthy it is for the body.
For me, walking is therapeutic. It also happens that – as I mentioned above – walking is exercise.
The caveat of my love of walking is that I now live in the Southwest of the United States where, in the summer, the temperatures are in the 100s by 9 in the morning. This means that if I want to get an enjoyable walk in, I better go early*. Due to the fact I am not a morning person, this isn’t always an option.
*I do go for evening walks but by then, (in the summer) the heat is stifling and well into the 100s. Morning walks are much more enjoyable.
A July Walk
Recently, I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed at 5:30 am (not a regular occurrence, believe me) and I decided to go for a walk.
After a lovely stroll, I decided to have a long sauna session. I stayed hydrated by drinking lots of coconut water.
Once I showered it was around mid-morning. I wanted a quick snack so I decided to make myself this simple clean protein smoothie. This smoothie is creamy, filling, and delicious.
Simple Clean Protein Smoothie: Notes and Tips
I used half a frozen banana. For times likes these, I keep frozen bananas handy.
Botanically speaking, bananas are berries. Who knew?
Nutritionally speaking, bananas are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamins B6 and C, various antioxidants and phytonutrients.
You can learn more about the health benefits of bananas here.
Your banana does not need to be frozen. You could use a fresh banana and add some ice cubes if you prefer your smoothie cold.
Any protein powder will work in this smoothie. It would be best to use a vanilla flavored powder, but I’m sure some other flavors would work equally well.
I prefer to use unsweetened cashew milk or unsweetened vanilla cashew milk.
You can use any dairy or non-dairy milk of your choice.
I prefer to use 3/4 cup of milk but for a thicker smoothie, you may use just a half a cup.
Nut or Seed Butter
I used raw cashew butter. I personally prefer to avoid peanut butter. However, you may use any nut or seed butter of your choice.
Another of my favorite choices is sunflower butter. Sunflower is a wonderful choice if you can’t (or choose not to) eat tree nut butters.
I do not use any sweetener as I find the banana sweet enough.
You can use any granulated or liquid sweetener of your choice. A few great choices are raw honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar.
I like to use a dash of vanilla extract, but this can be omitted if you prefer.
Simple Clean Protein Smoothie
In a powerful blender (I use a Vitamix), place half a banana, the milk, cashew butter, a dash of salt (optional), vanilla extract, protein powder, and sweetener (if using).
Turn your blender on and leave it on until all the ingredients are well combined and fully blended.
Your smoothie should be thick and creamy.
Turn the blender off and serve immediately.
Alternatively, you may add some ice cubes and blend again before serving.
Makes one serving.