Strawberry Recovery Pudding or Smoothie

This is my recovery pudding based on Brendan Brazier's Chocolate Recovery Pudding. I have it after my workout but its so yummy you can enjoy having it anytime. It's so refreshing when you serve it really cold/chilled on a hot day!  

I used to use ground flaxseed in my recovery pudding but I now use Hemp Hearts after learning they are much higher in omega 3 and they have omega 6. They also help prevent inflammation. 2 tablespoons of Hemp Hearts has as much protein as 1 large egg! 

UPDATE: I'm now hooked on drinking the soy free smoothie option instead of the tofu pudding version. Try both to see which one you like best!

For a soy free thick smoothie option adjust the pudding recipe:

Reduce the strawberries to 1 cup
Replace the half cup of tofu with 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk 
Serves 1

1 1/2 cup strawberries, frozen          (for natural sugar)
1/2 cup firm tofu                             (for protein, calcium)
1 small ripe banana, frozen*            (for electrolytes)
2 Tbsp Hemp Hearts                        (for protein, omega 3+6, inflammation)
1 tsp vanilla extract                         (for favour)

I put all the ingredients in a food processor. Don't blend, just let everything sit in there. Then I do my workout. By the time I'm done with my workout, stretching and putting way my workout stuff, probably an hour and fifteen minutes has gone by. The banana and strawberries are then semi-thawed, ready to blend until smooth.

Or you can make this after your workout or anytime very quickly. Just nuke your strawberries for 35 seconds (time based on using sliced strawberries) in a bowl then add to food processor, next in the same bowl add banana and nuke it for 25 seconds. Add it along with the rest of the ingredients to food processor and blend till smooth. Make about 2 cups. Serves 1 - 2.

*Always keep ripe, frozen, bananas and frozen, sliced, strawberries in your freezer so you will always have when needed. When freezing bananas take the peel off before freezing. Make sure they are ripe before freezing them. A ripen banana will have speckles of brown on it.  A ripe banana will have flavour and sweetness to it which a hard, all yellow banana will not. The best reason for only eating ripe bananas is.......