Banana Shake and Healthier PB & J

Happy Friday! :)

I just got back from the gym and thought I'd share something new I tried today for my post workout protein shake.

Banana pudding protein shake:
1/2 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
A few ice cubes
1/2-3/4 banana
~1 tbsp banana flavored instant pudding
1 scoop vanilla whey protein
Blend and enjoy!

Okay, so....I LOVE peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I mean, who doesn't? That's one thing I probably miss the most since I started eating healthier!

Lately what I've been having for my post workout meal along with my eggs is a healthier variation of a pb & j sandwich-raw almond butter and all natural fruit preserves on Ezekiel bread. It's yummy! Not quite the same as a pb&j...but close enough!

So anyways, today was deadlift day! I was able to work up to 165lbs with the trap bar for 5 reps. Still trying not to do too much too fast, but they didn't bother my back at all. I also practiced some sumo deadlifts for the first time and really liked the feel of them. There's less stress on the lower back, which is what I need right now, so I may stick with those and the trap bar for a while before going back to conventional deadlifts. I've been doing good with my rehab exercises, foam rolling and stretching, and I'm feeling great!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


  1. Instant banana pudding is such a good idea!!!! I am definitely going to make this!!
    and healthified pb and j right after your workout sounds amazing!!! I need to get on this one asap!

    awesome deadlifting! you are amazing!
    and I just decided to try doing sumo deadlifts as well in place of conventional because I want to try to work more on my hamstrings and glutes and give my lower back a break!!!

    Have a good weekend! :)

    1. Yeah, the instant pudding makes it taste almost like a banana milkshake! So good.
      Thanks! I really liked the feel of the sumo deadlifts, and I'm excited to increase the weight. Good luck with them! I love any variation of deadlifts! Lifting heavy stuff is just fun. :)
      Thanks again!

  2. If you want to avoid added sugar and preservatives, you could always make you own fruit preserves. Just boil down any type of berry with a bit of water until it creates a sauce. Then freeze for up to a month or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks!

    1. Thanks! That would make it even healthier, so I'll have to try that sometime!


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