Siggi’s and Sports Nutrition

My new favorite sports nutrition product goes to …

Drink_filmjolk@2x…  for their non-fat drinkable yogurt, aka filmjolk.

Disclosure: I am  a   siggi’s ambassador. By  including siggis in my blog post I am eligible to win a trip to FNCE in Boston. I was not compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.

A staple of Sweden, now filmjölk is a staple in my home. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Scandinavian dairy tradition, it’s a version of kefir.  If you’re a sports enthusiast, take note: this is a BIG league recovery drink that supports a healthy digestive system! I stock my refrigerator with both raspberry and vanilla.  After a 5 mile run, drinking 8 ounces of the raspberry flavored smoothie starts my recovery process IMG_4512

which includes rehydrating and replacing electrolytes lost during exercise (8 ounces  provides 120 mg sodium and 240 mg potassium); preparing for tomorrow’s run by replacing glycogen stores (8 ounces provides 22 grams of carbohydrate); and repairing lean muscle  with high quality protein (8 ounces provides 8 grams of milk protein.)  Now here’s the icing on the cake,  it’s also rich in probiotic cultures (1 billion probiotics per serving)!   The tangy taste makes filmjölk the bomb! 

IMG_4511 sugar, aspartame, gelatin, artifical colorings , preservatives,  or high fructose corn syrup.   I think being active and eating healthy should be  simple and straighforward. Thank you siggi’s, for facilitating my healthy lifestyle.IMG_4510

Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie

This Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie is packed with abundant nutrition and can be adapted for fueling different situations throughout your busy day.Convertible Wildblueberry SmoothieDisclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

What comes to mind when you hear the word convertible? I think fast. I think flexible (top up/top down). Are you with me? Ok, good.

Then you’ll understand why I am calling my lastest  smoothie creation  Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie.  It’s fast (make it in under 1 minute)! It’s adaptable for different nutritional demands. It’s made with only 3 ingredients: pecan milk, maple syrup and frozen Wild Blueberries.  Wild Blueberries are the hero ingredient of this beverage and are simply a perfect ingredient for any smoothie. They’re different than regular cultivated blueberries. They’re  called “wild” because they are. Wild Blueberries are not planted and occur naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada that have been here for 10,000 years! These tiny gems have a more intense blueberry flavor and twice the antioxidants of regular blueberries!  Because they’ re frozen you don’t need any ice (unless you’re like me and drink your smoothie over ice).  You can enjoy the delicious taste and health attributes of wild blueberries year round. Find them in the frozen fruit section of your local grocery store; just make sure the package says “Wild.”

If  you’ve never combined Wild Blueberries with pecan milk and maple syrup you’re in for a wild ride!  (BTW, if you can’t find pecan milk or would like to make it yourself, see this post at Healthy Aperture for Homemade Pecan Milk.) My Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie makes a refreshing afternoon snack (I like it when I’m craving something cold,  but don’t want the calories and fat of ice cream; one serving clocks in at 100 calories, 3 grams fat,  19 grams of carbohydrate, 13 grams sugar, 5 mg sodium.)  It  can also be adapted to your nutritional needs. After a bout of exercise,  I  add a little protein (2 tablespoons of whey or soy )  making it a delightful recovery beverage providing 8.5 grams protein and 140 calories.  Adding a  full scoop of protein powder  and I’ve got a light meal replacement with 180 calories and  16 grams of protein. Please give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

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Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie

by Diane Boyd

Prep Time: 1 minutes

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup pecan milk
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • Optional : 2- 4 Tablespoons Whey or Soy Protein Powder

Instructions

Add all ingredients to blender and process for 30 seconds or until combined. Serve immediately straight up or over ice.

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