For those of you who have read my blogs, I’m an absolute fitness fanatic! Being an athlete of the National Physique Committee, training for my competitions is very important to me. You’ll find me in the gym at least 5 days a week lifting weights and doing cardio. Along with exercise, diet is key in succeeding with muscle gain and fat loss. I try to focus on good supplementation and nutrition on a daily basis and have recently started to incorporate coconut oil into my diet as a serving of healthy fats. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain triglycerides, which are easily digestible and absorbed intact into the liver directly for energy.
Adding coconut oil into my post workout protein shakes has been extremely beneficial for me. Edward Clements, an independent fitness and health writer, did an article for Muscle Health Fitness talking about how coconut oil may help replenish intra muscular fatty acid (IMFA) stores. These fatty acids are critical for muscle building because they provide energy. Since both whey protein and coconut oil are quickly digested and easily absorbed, making a protein shake with the two will help recover your muscles during these vital building periods.
In celebration of all things pumpkin coming out recently, I decided to whip up a pumpkin protein shake. Let me tell you, this tasted exactly like a pumpkin pie, but actually good for you…what could be better?! Let’s take a look at what you’ll need:
2 ice cubes
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (I used MyoFusion vanilla by Gaspari Nutrition)
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon Kelapo Coconut Oil
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Few dashes of pumpkin pie spice
- Place ice cubes in a blender and add in 1 scoop of protein powder. Next, add in pumpkin puree, coconut oil, almond milk , and pumpkin pie spice.
- Blend all ingredients until thoroughly combined.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy this guilt-free treat!
I personally loved the way the pumpkin pie spice gave the protein shake added flavor and the coconut oil complimented it perfectly. This protein shake is honestly like having a pumpkin pie in a glass, which is I don’t feel so bad about having it! I have a huge sweet tooth, so I like get creative by taking my favorite desserts and turning them into protein shakes. Try making my bananas foster protein shake to help satisfy those sugar cravings. Feel free to add more ice to this shake; I like to keep it at a minimum so the coconut oil doesn’t harden while in the blender. Looking for more ways to incorporate coconut oil into your lifestyle? Check out my Top 5 Uses for Coconut Oil and Working Out and my Quick Ab Workout with Healthy Apple Crisp.