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!).
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)
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)
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)
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.)