Wednesday, August 17, 2011

RECIPE: Protein Shakes and Smoothies Recipes (Part 1)

I NEVER would have thought that I would have jumped on the protein shake bandwagon, but breaking my jaw opened a huge new world of breakfast and even lunch possibilities. I've come to love these shakes so much that I just don't want to give them up!  I buy the EAS 100% whey protein powder from Sam's Club (It's $27 for 76 servings).  They have chocolate and vanilla, and I bought both.  I also use almond milk in my recipes--it's only 40 calories per cup, and it makes the shake taste so much better than with just water. I buy the Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  And tons of frozen fruit (unsweetened)--cherries, blueberries, mixed fruit. I also freeze my bananas when they are ripe. I peel them, cut them into four chunks each and put them in a ziploc bag in the freezer.

If you really don't want to buy protein powder, you could probably substitute with Carnation Instant Breakfast.

Also, if you find yourself liking these as much as I do, you may want to invest in a good blender. I just spent $80 on a good blender that was WELL WORTH IT.

Some of you have asked for my recipes, so here are a few favorites:

Blueberry Muffin Shake  (My FAVORITE! Tastes just like a blueberry muffin)

1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 Tbsp. pistachio pudding mix (I use regular, not the sugar free kind)
6 ice cubes

Combine all in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes one huge serving--about 20 oz or so.  260 calories.

Chocolate Cherry Almond Shake

1 cup almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 cup frozen sweet cherries (NOT sweetened cherries--just plain old cherries, the sweet variety)
1/4-1/2 tsp. almond extract
4 ice cubes

Blend until smooth. This ends up being about 24 oz. 260 calories.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake

1 cup almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/2 frozen banana
2 Tbsp. PB2
6 ice cubes

Blend until smooth. 257 calories.  (Sometimes I add 1/4 cup of oats to this instead of the banana--it tastes kind of like a no-bake cookie)

Pineapple Upside Down Shake

1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. imitation butter extract
1 tsp. cheesecake pudding mix

Blend until smooth. 253 calories.

Jamocha Banana Shake

1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup strong coffee (I make this and refrigerate it)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/2 frozen banana
6 ice cubes

Blend until smooth.  193 calories.

Tropical Fruit Shake

1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup frozen mixed fruit (peaches, mangoes, pineapple, strawberries)
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 tsp. coconut extract
ice if you want, but it really doesn't need ice. You may need to add a little water to this shake, because it gets really thick.

Blend until smooth.  281 calories.

(To be continued in part two...)

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