In Charles Duhigg’s eye-opening book, The Power of Habit, we learn that we are, whether we like it or not, creatures of habit. For better and for worse.
In order to help us understand how habits work, how to identify them, and how to create good ones, Duhigg introduces us to the “Habit Loop,” a cycle that begins with an (often unknown) behavioral Cue that triggers a Routine resulting in a desired Reward.
Physical exercise is something that’s important to many people, myself included, so using Duhigg’s concepts, I’ve created a reward for this desired behavior that I submit to you as nothing short of the World’s Best Protein Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie.
Yes, perhaps next year I’ll work on tempering my hyperbole habit, but for now, I’m pleased to introduce the smoothie that I only allow myself after a good trip to the gym or a yoga session:
- 1 Cup of Wyman’s of Maine Fresh Frozen Strawberries, Blueberries & Cherries with Kale – Available at most grocery stores, the fact that it’s frozen fruit eliminates the need for watering down your smoothie with ice, and the fact that it already has a healthy dose of veggies eliminates an extra preparation step.
- 1 Scoop of Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Vanilla 100% Whey – The vanilla “naturally flavored” has “no artificial flavors or sweeteners” and offers 24 grams of protein per scoop and is also gluten-free. (And stick with the vanilla flavored–I’ve tried strawberry and it doesn’t work as well.)
- 1-2 Tablespoons of Sports Research MCT Oil – I’m a Bulletproof Coffee fan as well, and put 2 tablespoons of this brain and metabolism booster in my morning coffee and my afternoon smoothie.
- 1-2 Tablespoons of Natural Jif Creamy Peanut Butter – Peanut or almond butter helps eliminate the often overpowering taste of kale, but peanut butter, in particular, helps make the smoothie…uh…smoother.
- 1 Banana – A banana is like the glue for a smoothie. It brings everything togethe
r and offers a boost of much-needed potassium.
- 1 Cup of Califa Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk – I avoid dairy and love almond milk.
I know people swear by their Vitamix blenders, but as a student of behavioral economics, I still can’t imagine what possible net gain in “utility” I’d experience from spending $700 on a blender. I’m more than satisfied with my Ninja Professional blender that comes with a dedicated smoothie apparatus at a fraction of the price.
The only downside? This smoothie is so good that I can’t order a smoothie anywhere outside of my home. Enjoy!