Two of my main passions in life, athletics and food, go directly hand-and-hand. The types of food one eats will have an undeniable effect on how the body will feel and preform. I learned from my mom at a young age the importance of nutritious, wholesome foods and the adverse effects of sugary, processed foods. Growing older as an athlete, I have found it almost exciting, like a game to try and find the kinds of foods that will make not only make body happy, but taste amazing. Consequently, many of these types of foods and meals are far better for global food systems, people involved, and event the planet.

I have always had a fascination with the natural world and have a deep appreciation and respect for all that it provides us with. I am currently studying environmental science in school and through every one of my class, my eyes are constantly opened to the interconnected nature of humans, plants, animals, the environment — and the peril we are currently facing. I am extremely passionate and interested about the complex relationship between people, food, and the environment, therefore I have created a separate page titled SUSTAINABILITY to focus on these issues. But for now, I will stick to the yummy and delicious food!

Now that I got so far off track from my initial thoughts, let me bring it back to the food. As I mentioned, what goes into your body will be directly reflected in how your body will feel and act. After a hard, heavy weight workout this week, I made a delicious Banana Chocolate Rebuilding Smoothie. Protein powder (mine is by the brand Juice Plus, and is vegetable based) will aid in muscle regrowth. The banana provides adequate carbohydrates, which along with the protein help to rebuild muscles. Furthermore, the raw cacao powder not only tastes delicious, but gives my body an extra boost of antioxidants. Give this smoothie a try for breakfast, or after a strenuous workout.

To make:

Blend together-

2 cups almond milk

1/2 a frozen banana

1 scoop protein 

1 tsp raw cacao powder

Enjoy! Its epic(ly) delicious!

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