This post was created in partnership with Califia Farms.
Hi guys. Ashlae here. Remember me?
I was planning on coming here today and unloading the novel that is my transition from long distance running to heavy weight lifting but I kinda feel like I can’t come back after six weeks away and just be like HEY GUYS WANNA TALK ABOUT ALL THE WAYS I SABOTAGED MY LIFE FOR 15 YEARS? It’s a really sad and ugly story, and I’m very much content with it living in the privacy of a document on my laptop for just a little bit longer. Yesterday I nearly had a panic attack just thinking about the fact that soon the worst parts of my life would be on the WWW for anyone to see, so I listened to my gut and pumped the brake. And damn I felt so much better.
Anyway! I have some random notes/updates for you.
– As many of you know our turd of a president cut the advertising budget for the ACA (he also cut the enrollment period, amongst other things) (why is he suuuch a turd?), so my nice pal Collin put together a bundle of graphics to help spread the word about open enrollment (it starts soon!). Please download them and share them. Use of the official unofficial hashtag is totally optional. ;)
– We finished our kitchen! Which means a tiny loft reveal is on the horizon.. but if you want to peep our ~60 square foot balcony, you can head this way. I’m thrilled with how it turned out but bummed that the weather hasn’t been conducive to daily balcony hangs. Guess I should probably get used to it, eh?
– If you’re one of the people who’s contacted me about my new approach to physical activity, I finally put together a document I’m calling The OLC Guide to Lifting Heavy Things. Please note that 1) I am not a trainer/nutritionist and any training/nutrition questions should be directed toward someone who has tremendous knowledge about those sorts of things and 2) the guide is an outline of what works for my body; it might not work for yours.
– I am *still* working on the coconut milk/cream post. STILL. I’m currently trying to figure out if it’s possible to salvage a bad can of coconut milk (updated: it is) (HALLELUJAH) so once I get to the bottom of that mystery I’ll let you know. I’m also working on getting to the bottom of why some chilled coconut creams are smooth and luscious and others are hard as rocks (I think it has something to do with making the milk from fresh coconut meat vs. dried) (waiting on verification from a few companies). Stay tuned because exciting coconut milk things are unfolding and I can’t wait to share them with you.
That’s all I’ve got. HUGS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. <3
Notes: If your protein powder isn’t sweetened, you’ll definitely want to add a little maple syrup to the muesli. I’d say 2-3 tablespoons. I prefer to use vanilla protein powder but chocolate and berry are delicious, too (ok maybe don’t use berry for the full shot protein shake, though). Depending on the protein powder you use, you may need to increase/decrease the almondmilk. If you don’t have muesli on hand, you can replace it with regular rolled oats. If you like icy protein shakes, throw everything in a blender, along with 2 cups of ice, and blend until smooth.
More protein-heavy goodness: single-serving vanilla protein waffle, chia + protein smoothie parfaits, falafel waffles, peanut butter + coconut (pea) protein bites, and smoky tempeh breakfast sandwiches.
This post is sponsored by Califia Farms, maker of my favorite non-GMO + carrageenan-free almondmilk (amongst other delicious beverages). All opinions are my own and I think Califia rules.
OVERNIGHT PROTEIN MUESLI
1 cup (120g) unsweetened Bircher muesli
1 scoop (40g) vanilla protein powder
Pinch of fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups (330g) Califia Farms toasted coconut almondmilk
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the muesli, protein powder, and sea salt then stir in the almondmilk. Divide between two jars, cover with lids, and refrigerate overnight (or for at least eight hours). In the morning, top one jar with coconut yogurt, peanut butter, banana slices, dry-roasted peanuts, and flaked coconut then the other with homemade coconut yogurt, stewed mixed berries, and flaked coconut. Enjoy both immediately. If you want to save one of them for the next day, I’d keep the berry one (because day old bananas are gross).
Yield: 2 servings
FULL SHOT PROTEIN SHAKES
1 scoop (40g) vanilla protein powder
1 bottle (10.5 oz) Califia Farms full shot cold brew coffee
1 cup cold water
Add the protein powder to a large jar. Whisk in the cold brew coffee until the mixture is smooth and creamy then whisk in the cold water. Divide between two glasses and enjoy alongside a jar of overnight protein muesli. Or just enjoy both shakes on your own.
Yield: 2 small shakes or 1 large shake