Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Protein Smoothies

One of the many signs of summer is the need for a cool drink- and if you're working out on a regular basis, this often means protein smoothies are in season.

Smoothies are great because with a little creativity, you can experiment and create so many different flavors. Here are a few of my favorites-

By the way - Try out my newest sweet craving - a Mango and Banana Protein Shake - it combines tropical fruits like kiwi, mango and banana with the added taste of coconut and pecan. For a nuttier, fuller smoothie for when hunger hits hard- try out this fruit n' nut protein smoothie here or Strawberry Almond Smoothie made with almonds and fresh fruit.  If chocolate is more your thing, try out a Chocolate Chip Cookie Smoothie , Chocolate Covered Strawberries Smoothie, OR try this coconut and chocolate shake that is sure to wake you up 
and get you dancing- Protein Harlem Shake

Mango and Mixed Berry

In a blender, add 1/4 cup fresh sliced mango and 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries ( these can be fresh, but if they are- then you need to add in 2-3 ice cubes). Combine with 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup egg whites, and 1 scoop vanilla protein powder. Optional: 1 tbsp ground flaxseed.

GOOD Night Smoothie

This is a protein drink to be taken in the evening - either directly after a late workout session as a last meal, or right before bed. It hits my sweet tooth, and has the right kind of protein help you build and recover muscle tissue overnight. 

In a blender, combine 1 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup non or low fat cottage cheese, 1-2 tbsp natural peanut butter, and 1 scoop chocolate protein powder. Blend and serve chilled.

Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie
(can also be changed to Strawberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, etc)

‎Blend together 1/2 cup almond (or skim) milk, 1/2 cup egg whites (optional), 1 scoop vanilla whey protein, 1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese, 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries (or strawberries for Strawberry Cheesecake) and 1 tbsp sugar free blueberry jam. Add cinnamon or ground flax seed to taste.

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