RECIPE: Protein Shakes and Smoothies Recipes (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1)

Before having surgery, my doctor wants me to get a LOT of protein while I'm healing. So I'm going to be having lots of protein shakes again!

Some notes on the ingredients I use:

Protein Powder: I've discovered that I have a sensitivity to whey protein powder, which is what I was using before, and I think it is the most preferable when judging by taste. Lately, I've been using egg white protein powder, which is just as good. Use whatever kind you like. The only kind I've found to taste badly in these shakes is brown rice protein powder.

Gums: You'll also notice that I use xanthan gum and guar gum in my shakes. These are completely optional. I use them because it thickens the shake and makes it creamier; but not at all necessary. Just don't overdo the gums, because it'll be waaay too thick.

Milk: I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but you could use whatever kind of milk you like.

Yummy "extras": Finally, these shakes aren't super "healthy"--I use a lot of pudding mixes in them, which have sugar. But the pudding mixes make the shake taste so much better, and when you're having shakes every day, it's a great way to keep from getting bored.

Nutrition Facts: I'm not going to break down every one of these (you can do that at Sparkpeople.com if you want) but I'll list a general idea of the calories in each ingredient for you to figure out yourself:

protein powder- 110 calories
sugar free syrup/extracts- 0 calories
regular flavored syrups (1 Tbsp)- 40 calories
1 cup almond milk- 40 calories
1 Tbsp. pudding mix- 50 calories
1 Tbsp. nuts- 70 calories
1 Tbsp. chocolate chips- 70 calories
guar gum/xanthan gum-0

Here are the recipes for a few favorites... Just throw all the ingredients in the blender and let it rip. Each of these makes about 20-24 oz.

Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 serving vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp. Oreo pudding mix
1 Tbsp. butterscotch pudding mix
1 Tbsp. Torani sugar-free caramel syrup
1 Tbsp. pecans
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. each guar gum and xanthan gum (optional)
1 cup ice cubes (I use 10 cubes)

Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake


























Triple Chocolate Protein Shake

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 serving chocolate protein powder
1 Tbsp. Oreo pudding mix
1 Tbsp. chocolate fudge pudding mix
1 Tbsp. chocolate chips
1/4 tsp. each guar gum and xanthan gum (optional)
1 cup ice cubes (I use 10 cubes)

Triple Chocolate Protein Shake


























Cake Batter Protein Shake (this really does taste like cake batter!)

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 serving vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp. Torani sugar-free french vanilla syrup
1 Tbsp. cheesecake pudding mix
1 Tbsp. white chocolate pudding mix
1/4 tsp. each guar gum and xanthan gum (optional)
1 cup ice cubes (I use 10 cubes)


Butterfinger Protein Shake

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 serving chocolate protein powder
1 Tbsp. Oreo pudding mix
1 heaping Tbsp. PB2
1 Tbsp. butterscotch pudding mix
2 tsp. chocolate chips
1/4 tsp. each guar gum and xanthan gum (optional)
1 cup ice cubes (I use 10 cubes)

Butterfinger Protein Shake

























Butter Pecan Protein Shake

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 serving vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp. cheesecake pudding mix
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. butter flavored extract
2 Tbsp. pecans
1/4 tsp. each guar gum and xanthan gum (optional)
1 cup ice cubes (I use 10 cubes)

(To be continued in part three...)

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