Growing up, I never (in a million years) would have thought that I’d become a group exercise instructor one day. Fitness and healthy eating were not a big priority in my life during my childhood and teenage years. It wasn’t until after I graduated college that I started to take control of my own health and change some bad habits that had led to me being overweight and out of shape. I started eating less junk and more fruits and vegetables and joined a gym. And then something crazy happened- I started to lose weight and loving exercise! For so long I was the girl who pretended to be sick when we had to “run the mile” in gym class, and all of the sudden I was voluntarily signing up for half marathons.
After a few years of establishing a regular gym routine and finding some classes that I loved taking, I was ready for the next step. I got my Spinning instructor certification and then Les Mills Bodypump a few years later. I figured that if I was already in those classes multiple times each week, I may as well start getting paid for it! Plus, I’ve always been a “born leader” and teaching was in my blood. After five years, I love teaching classes and inspiring others to change their view of exercise from something that they have to do to something that they want to do.
One thing that’s really important on days that I teach is getting the proper nutrition beforehand. I can burn out pretty quickly if I don’t have an adequate amount of fuel in my system- especially when I have to teach two classes back-to-back. Over the years, I’ve experimented with what’s best for me to consume before teaching classes (or even just doing a workout on my own) and I think I’ve finally found the magic formula: a proper balance of protein, carbs and healthy fats that sustains me through my entire workout. That combination comes to form in my pre-workout smoothie that I like to call The Crusher.
I can’t remember exactly when I discovered Silk Unsweetened Almondmilk – but I’m so glad that I did (and I’ve never looked back since!). At only 30 calories per serving, I can enjoy it without worrying about a calorie bomb going off. It’s an excellent source of calcium and Vitamin E, healthy fat and has zero sugar.
Silk has become a staple in my smoothie recipes as it adds a creamy texture and delicious, subtle nutty flavor. I still use it in coffee (though Silk Unsweetened Soy Milk is my favorite coffee companion), in baking and by the glass- but it plays a vital role in my smoothie consumption. What can I say- Silk gives me energy and helps me bloom!
I’ve been making The Crusher before teaching morning Spinning classes, and it definitely does the trick. It’s delicious and creamy and makes me feel energized, rather than weighing me down.
1 cup Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 navel orange
handful of ice
2 T. vanilla protein powder (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and serve immediately.
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