You know what’s the worst part of living in Texas?
Growing up a Yankee, August was always a magical time of enjoying the last little bits of summer fun before the school year began. I’d spend all day outside at the pool and towards the end of the month the evenings would get cool enough for a bonfire. In Texas, it is 102 degrees outisde. Jumping into our apartment complex’s pool feels like diving into a warm bath tub. The sun sets at night and you can still feel the heat rising off of the pavement. A bonfire sounds torturous and even if you wanted to have one, you probably couldn’t because of a burn ban anyways.
The cruelest part of all? September isn’t all that much better.
With all the heat, what’s more satisfying than a smoothie? Oh, right, a margarita. Well, a smoothie still tastes pretty damn good and it’s a lot more socially acceptable to drink at 7am on a Tuesday. Since I’m sensitive to sugar (ie: past issues with insulin resistance), I usually time it so I have a smoothie after a workout. Why? After working out, your insulin sensitivity increases, which means your body breaks down carbohydrates & sugars more easily in order to replenish your glycogen levels.
My all-time favorite smoothie may sound a bit odd: blueberry peanut butter. Trust me though, it is so good. I also throw in a scoop of protein powder, because… well, #gainz. Plus, the combination of protein powder and peanut butter in this smoothie makes it a lot more filling than just a fruit-only smoothie. I also throw in some spinach to sneak in some greens in for good measure.
Let me know what you think when you try it!