Athlete Food: Kiwi Avocado Protein Smoothie

**The following post is sponsored by Fit Fluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese.

Since moving to Southern California last spring, I've been refueling after workouts with fresh fruit smoothies. It's just what everyone here does.  Although I'll always be a New Yorker at heart, I've swapped out my morning buttered bagel for a healthy dose of fruit and protein. My go-to smoothie after a hard workout is this refreshing blend of kiwi, avocado and cottage cheese. I recently started using lowfat Daisy brand cottage cheese in smoothies because it's packs 13 grams of protein into a half cup. And that's all-natural protein - no additives, supplements or preservatives.

What I really like about this smoothie is the consistency - it is creamy and mousse-like. This is a nice change from some of the more traditional icy cold smoothies, especially when refueling (with my feet up) after swimming outdoors on those chilly California mornings.  

Left: Yes, that's a leg Selfie. Right: I'd buy Daisy Cottage Cheese based on the packaging alone. So cute!
Wait, there's one more thing! I can't write up a recipe using cottage cheese without mentioning that it happens to be one of my favorite foods. It's so versitile - you can have it sweet one day, savory the next, in salads, or my personal fav, straight out of the tub!  It's kind of a perfect good-for-you snack. 
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Kiwi Avocado Smoothie
serves 1
Blend the following ingredients on high until creamy:
1/2 avocado
1/2 banana
1 kiwi, peeled
1 cup plain coconut water
1 teaspoon honey

**we recommend using Daisy Cottage Cheeese because it contains just 4 high quality ingredients (other brands have up to 10). Look for the light blue lid to choose the Low Fat variety.