I’ve been back in the gym for two days.
You don’t need a knee for upper body, bro!
I’m trying really hard to make sure I get allllll the protein to make sure I don’t lose a ton of muscle mass with this injury. So there have been a lot of shakes happening. Today’s is a little Easter-themed! In a #strangebutgood way, obv.
But first… an update. I had my MRI and went to the doctor for a follow up. Turns out I tore my ACL. At least it’s not the meniscus too… right?
Now we wait for the swelling do go down and the fluid to work its way out before he operates. I am supposed to stretch. I can ride a bike or do stationary equipment. Just nothing high impact, no quick starts/stops, and definitely no side to side. And no backpacking through Thailand. So… there’s that.
Vegas is being totally awesome. She’s been to every appointment, helped me carry weight at the gym, and poured me ample glasses of
therapy red wine. I’m really lucky. ♥
But back to this smoothie bowl. It’s awesome. I’ve done carrots before in my Carrot Cake Batter Shake. In that one I use tofu to make it creamy… but this one uses something different to make it creamy. Sweet potato! It added to the orange flavor and the natural sweetness.
I used Growing Naturals rice protein in thins… I basically use it in everything protein I make. Seriously. It’s vegan, gluten free, and delicious There’s no added crap. It’s non-GMO. I accidentally stumbled upon these guys years ago on Amazon. Two thumbs up.
Sweet Carrot Protein Shake
- 1/2 scoop vanilla rice protein
- 1/3 C Greek yogurt
- 1/4 C baked sweet potato
- 1 small carrot
- 1/2 tsp pie spice
- 5-6 drops vanilla liquid stevia
- 2 drops LorAnn cheesecake flavor
- Toppings: kabocha and peanut flour
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender with enough ice and water to achieve your desired amount of thickness. Blend until smooth.
I filled my Vitamix up initially with about 1/2 C ice and 1/2 C water. Almond milk would also be good. We were out.
Top as desired.
How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.
I really, really appreciate all the comments, thoughts, and support with this knee thing. It sucks, but I’m so lucky to have such amazing people around me.
Anyone ever torn an ACL?
What are you plan this weekend? I’m going to try a bike ride!