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Written on December 16, 2012 at 7:28 am, by Eric Cressey
Smoothies are something we utilize all the time with our athletes at Cressey Performance as a means of getting in calories easily. You see, it’s very easy to add 500-1000 calories to a skinny athlete’s diet by just blending up a shake.
Plus, they can be a great way to “sneak in” foods you want an anything to eat. Rather than just having an athlete crush a ready-to-drink shake that’s loaded with not-so-stellar ingredients, you can “hide” things like spinach, fruits, oils, and other ingredients that these athletes might not enjoy by themselves.
That said, I’ll be candid: I am a fat kid at heart. I can put away a ton of food and really don’t need help sneaking in more calories; I’d rather taste all my food. Moreover, I don’t partake in any of our “go-to” CP smoothies simply because I’m a guy who doesn’t need a lot of carbohydrates, so these 80g shakes would go directly to the wrong places, if I was to consume them. Accordingly, I don’t make a lot of fancy shakes – until now.
You see, my buddy Joel Marion just released a recipe e-book called 53 Fat Burning Smoothies and Milkshakes. What I really like about this resource is that it provides higher carb, moderate carb, and – for folks like me – low carb shake recipes. Joel agreed to let me reprint a few of my favorites so that you could try them out, too. You’ll notice that both these shakes are high in fiber and low in carbs – but still bring you back to a few of your childhood favorites: peanut butter and jelly and pumpkin pie.
PB & J Protein Smoothie
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Notes for both shakes: Put all ingredients in a blender and enjoy! These smoothies are great meal replacements to use at any time of day.
If you’re interested in learning more, the good folks at Biotrust (a company Joel co-founded) are making this 53-recipe e-book available – along with a free shaker bottle and free shipping – to anyone who places an order for their low-carb protein powder by the end of the day Monday. Click here for more information.
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