Goodbye Comfort Zone, Hello Better Health with fairlife Milk Products

yoga comfort zoneI didn’t wander out of my comfort zone as a younger man, and now I rigorously cling to the familiar as a harried father of two.

So when I received an invitation to attend a part workout, part nutritional sales pitch for fairlife milk products I instantly recoiled. The workout part had a definite yoga vibe, and the sales component included information about a healthy milk alternative. The old me would simply say, “pass” and visit my favorite Yankees blog for a spring training update.

Instead, I swallowed hard and said, “sure.”

The event, held at River Power Yoga, gathered Denver-area bloggers to spread the word about fairlife. The company produces a healthier brand of milk using cows which, apparently, are treated with greater care than members of my immediate family. The results? More calcium and protein. Less sugar. Same milk taste – that part remained to be seen.

We received a little chat about fairlife first, and then it was on to the main event – partner or aerial-inspired yoga.

There’s leaving your comfort zone, and then there’s having to stick your bare feet on a stranger’s midsection while holding them aloft. We performed a variety of moves demanding strength, balance and a very open mind. Think trust exercises that work up a sweat.

Good thing I call Denver home, a city where people are uncommonly kind and bathe frequently. Soon, I was chatting with my workout partners and becoming more curious to sample the fairlife line.

The company offers standard dairy products as well as delicious chocolate milk, a tasty banana-based shake and an even richer chocolate shake. For me, healthy food comes with a boulder-sized asterisk: how does it taste? Some healthy food alternatives offer little sacrifice (turkey bacon!) while others make me gag (kale chips!).

fairlife milk products

The fairlife samples all passed the taste test without hesitation. I don’t think I’ll be signing up for aerial-inspired yoga any time soon, but I wouldn’t hesitate throwing a fairlife milk product in my shopping cart.

Here are a trio of smoothie recipes for your consideration using the company’s milk:

 

DARK CHOCOLATE & BERRIES SMOOTHIE (three servings)

Ingredients:

1 cup fairlife Chocolate milk

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1 cup ice

2 tbs semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Blend at high speed

Nutritional Facts: (Calories: 180, Total Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat 2.5 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 15 mg, Sodium 200 mg, Total Carbohydrates 23 g, Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sugars 17 g, Protein 10 g)

 

PROTEIN POWERHOUSE SMOOTHIE (three servings)

Ingredients:

1 cup fairlife chocolate milk

1 ripe banana

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 tbsp flaxseed

2 tbsp peanut butter

1 tbsp oats

Honey, as needed, for extra sweetness (optional)

Blend all ingredients together at high speed

Nutritional Facts: (Calories: 310, Total Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat 2.5 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 190 mg, Total Carbohydrates 23 g, Dietary Fiber 7 g, Sugars 20 g, Protein 16 g)

 

LEAN GREEN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE (two servings)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup fairlife skim milk

1 tbsp flaxseed

1 ripe banana

1 kale leaf

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup ice

Add honey for extra sweetness (optional)

Blend all ingredients at high speed.

Nutritional Facts: (Calories: 220, Total Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 90 mg, Total Carbohydrates 37 g, Dietary Fiber 6 g, Sugars 2 g, Protein 11 g)

(Disclaimer: Daddylibrium participated in the fairlife blogger event in which I received samples of the company’s product as well as a Magic Bullet Blender. The comments here are my own.)

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