I’m back by popular request (I was planning on coming back, but thank you for asking for me)! Okay so I’ve been absent this summer, but let’s be fair, here is a list of things that I did:
- Wrote my thesis, submitted it
- Wrapped up all experiments in the lab
- Applied for full-time careers, interviewed, and got an offer
- Started my full-time career a full week after leaving my position in the lab
- Traveled/backpacked for 15 days in Belize/Guatemala/Nicaragua, a full two weeks after starting my full-time career
- Implemented 1000 revisions from my crazy thesis reviewer and submitted it on the day of the deadline, which happened to be 10 days after I returned from vacation
- Focused on my new career (finally), and learned a lot
- Enjoyed life a little in beautiful Montreal
- Got my thesis approved by McGill University (this means I graduate with a Masters of Science!!)
And now I’m back just in time for my FAVORITE SEASON EVER. This post isn’t particularly related to fall produce, however fall is a time that brings a lot of change for many people. Now that I’ve turned a leaf in my life (transitioning from a graduate student to a real professional) I wanted to try something new.
I decided to spoil myself with this very modest blender. It’s not particularly powerful and I don’t expect a lot from it, but the purpose is that I can make simple, fresh, single serving smoothies in the morning with relatively no mess. And then take it to go! The cup lifts out like most blenders, but it’s small—resembling a portable coffee mug—and it has a drinking lid! My plan is to make myself a smoothie first thing in the morning, and to drink it while getting ready or on my way to work.
This is also my first experience with protein powder. If I’m going to make an entire meal out of a smoothie—the first meal of the day with energy for 4 hours of concentration—it better have substance. I chose this protein powder because it’s inexpensive, plant-based, and has a large ratio of protein to fat and carbohydrates. It is also packed with nutrients, being hemp-based.
I added only 1 tbsp of protein powder, to start, to determine how it balances with the taste of the smoothie. Especially when it looks like this (nasty green).
Chocolate-Blueberry Protein Smoothie
*Antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, fiber, protein…the works in a cup of deliciousness.
- 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup of kale
- 1 tbsp of raw cacao nibs
- 1 tsp of ground flax (optional)
- 1 tbsp of hemp protein powder (optional)
- Almond milk to preferred consistency (> 1 cup)
Blend ingredients well. Enjoy immediately.