Pineapple and Banana Smoothie

Pineapple and Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are definitely great additions to any diet or meal plan. When done correctly, they are a quick and concentrated way to add protein, carbs, and fat. There are lots of great smoothie shops out there, I am a personal fan of Smoothie Factory and Jamba Juice. The options will vary regionally, of course, and feel free to share your favorites with other Rudog members. The down side to the smoothie shops is that they can be really expensive, and lots of times provide way too many calories (along with a lot of other unnecessary stuff) than is needed.

Don’t be afraid to whip up your own at home. If you make a point to keep frozen fruit on hand, as well as fresh fruits that are compatible with smoothies, you will always be ready to make your own. Yogurt or milk is fine as a base.

This recipe is super simple, but may provide some inspiration for you to just make up your own. I would love to see any recipes you come up with posted on the rudog fanpage. http://facebook.com/rudognutrition

  1. 1 Large ripe banana, broken into chunks
  2. 1/2 cup lowfat milk or yogurt
  3. 1 4 oz can crushed pineapple, undrained
  4. 1/2 cup pineapple sorbet (or flavor of your choice)
  5. 1 tbsp protein powder (5-8 g of protein)

Put in all in a blender and mix! Enjoy!

2g Fat, 38g Carb, 11g Protein

Organic Milk or Not?

The $64,000 question. There is a huge price difference between organic milk and regular milk, so you should certainly know why and what you are paying for. The research says there isn’t a difference. The term “organic” does not refer specifically to the milk, but rather to the farming practice. I know what you are thinking……huh? It’s a fun little labeling trick. They do it all the time. That being said, things you should know about milk are that it is tested for drug residues, including antibiotics. Fewer than 1 in 1,000 milk tankers test positive for anything, and if it does, the milk is tossed. Results have also shown no difference in milk from cows who were given bST (the hormone that helps cows make more milk) than in the milk from cows who weren’t.

Here is my personal and professional opinion:

I buy the milk that tastes the best. That happens to be the organic variety. I don’t mind paying for it, because the taste is what is really important to me. I also have a hunch that more research may reveal that there IS a difference. I will wait and see, but I’m gonna drink the ORGANIC stuff for now.

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