I am on a "quest" to gain weight. Well, not me so much, but my MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) coach would like me to gain about 5 lbs. Easy, simple, where's the difficulty in that? Since I spend 3-5 hrs/day working out amp; training, I burn every calorie I consume. Due to this little conundrum, I needed to find a way to increase my calorie intake, but have it be functional and actually work with my body and muscle growth. Yes, I could just load up my diet with high-fat, cheesy, sugary foods, but that would only slow me down; make me sluggish. And in MMA and boxing, speed is essential. The easy answer to that question is protein drinks and shakes.
Have you ever tried to drink powdery, high protein shakes? Not to mention drink them in addition to your normal diet? Yeah, not so pleasant. My answer was delicious, yet healthy smoothies. However, I don't drink milk and am not fond of soy milk. So, I decided to try recipes with rice milk instead. Below are a couple of healthy smoothie recipes with rice milk that I came up with. (One is my "weight gainer" recipe, which was absolutely delicious, and the second is a lower calorie option.)
Berries and Peach Rice Milk Protein Smoothie
2 servings of a high-protein protein powder (at least 30g/serving)
2 cups rice milk
½ cup Julie's Organic Sorbet amp; Cream (Strawberry)
½ cup organic / natural vanilla ice cream
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
"Diet" Rice Milk Protein Smoothie
1 serving of low calorie protein powder
2 cups rice milk
1 cup low fat, plain yogurt
2 cups fruit of choice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Refrigerate and serve chilled. Makes two servings.