Smoothie #1

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

This is a simple great tasting, whey protein smoothie. I have been on a chocolate and peanut butter kick. I love, love, love, chocolate anything. Adding cocoa to the recipe has numerous benefits to long to list them all, it raises your feel good hormones, has magnesium, and flavonoids which are part of a powerful group of antioxidants known as polyphenols, its good to know something I love, is so good for you.
I have a whey protein smoothie most days, I don’t get sick of them. They are healthy, simple, and fast to make.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of unsweetened chocolate almond milk, more or less to taste, for desired thickness.
  • 1-1/12 scoops of chocolate whey protein, I use Jay Robb brand, which has 25 grams of protein per scoop. You can use whichever brand you like, or a vegan protein powder.
  • 2 Tbs PB2, you can use any natural nut butter, instead of the PB2, if you like. (PB2 is a powdered peanut butter with very little fat) if you use natural peanut butter then use 1Tbs, as there is much more fat in it than PB2, if weight loss is your goal
  • 1 Tbs avocado ( the avocado, makes it creamy and is a good source of fat, you don’t taste it)
  • 1 Tbs unsweetened cocoa, I use Craving Cocoa by, Metabolic Effect, if you prefer to use another brand make sure to buy an unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4- 1 cup of ice, you can use more but I like my shakes thicker, so I use the 1 cup or less of of ice. Blend up all ingredients, until smooth.

I love, and use a lot Metabolic Effect’s Craving Cocoa, you might say I’m addicted to it. Their unique formula crushes cravings, and helps reduce hunger.

I have it between meals, hot. It tastes just like the cocoa I remember having as a child, eliminates any cravings and keeps me full between meals    Enjoy!

Smoothie #2

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

I love this shake in the fall. I use this one after a strength training workout, as it has more starch from the pumpkin. Pumpkin is a starchy carb, and a serving size is 1/2 cup.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1-1 1/2 scoops of vanilla whey protein. I use Jay Robb brand whey protein isolate, which has 25 grams of protein per scoop. You can use any brand you like, or a vegan, or dairy free brand protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of organic canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix. just plain pumpkin, I use Farmers Market brand, BPA free liner as well
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, or unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs of pumpkin pie spice ( I’m liberal on the spice, as I love it ) I don’t measure half the time, you may want to start with 1 tsp of the spice
  • 1-2 Tbs of avocado, for it to be creamy and thick
  • 6 ice cubes, or to your taste and consistency you may add more ice
  • Put it all in the blender and blend, until smooth

Optional, a hand-full of spinach, may make it look green, I like it without. Sometimes I will use less liquid and ice and make into a pudding

Enjoy!

Smoothie #3

Recipe: Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 scoops of Chocolate Whey Protein Powder. I use Jay Robb protein isolate brand, of protein powder
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk or unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup of organic blueberries
  • 1 Tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder, I love and use (1 scoop) of Craving Cocoa by Metabolic Effect
  • 6 Ice cubes, or to desired consistency. more or less to your taste, and blend
  • For thicker and creamier shake I add 2 Tbs of avocado. If you want it more weight loss friendly, you can cut down the fat or eliminate. But for me it keeps me fuller longer. Sometimes I will have 1-2 Tbs of coconut oil, instead of the avocado.
  • Blend it all up until smooth

Optional, you can eliminate the berries. I have been lately just throwing the serving of berries on my shake after it is blended for just more crunch. It tastes good, I have a ton more variations, to the recipes.

The Berries are a rich source of antioxidants, and antioxidants are essential to optimizing health, by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures, as well as DNA

The Cocoa is rich in minerals, such as magnesium, and flavonoids which are part of a powerful group of antioxidants known as polyphenols

Avocado a great source of fat, mostly monounsaturated fat. Plus they contain lots of fiber, and are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as B-vitamins, vitamin K 1, potassium, copper, vitamin E, and vitamin C , avocado’s are a fruit

Enjoy!

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