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Berry Protein Smoothie

Berry Protein Smoothie 500

 

I’m pretty sure that when trying something new, I look like the classic “deer in the headlights.”  Here is where I’m going with this:

If it’s not familiar, I kind of start to panic.  So a few years ago, when I started kicking around the idea of drinking a protein smoothie for breakfast, I felt as intimidated as if I was walking into a gym for the very first time.  I kind of like familiarity;  without it, the intimidation factor alone can send me packing.

In case you’re anything like me, I’ll give you some reassurance to get going with this – a little step-by-step support.  Here it is:  Protein Smoothie Making for Dummies.  (And I mean that in the kindest way…)

Basic Ingredients

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 1 sliced banana, frozen
  • 8 oz. water
  • Blender or Magic Bullet

Okay, this is complicated.  Are your ready?  Dump the first four ingredients in your blender, and turn it on.  Pour it in a glass, and there you have it.

So the cat is out of the bag:  there is really nothing to it.  Of course, you’ll want to experiment with different ratios and types of fruit to discover what you really love. Periodically I will give you CHOW recipes to build up your arsenal.  Here is the first recipe I recommend:

Berry Protein Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder*
  • 1 cup frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • 1 sliced banana, frozen
  • 2 T. crushed pineapple, drained and frozen
  • 8 oz. water**
  • dash of coconut extract
  • Blend and enjoy for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.

I recommend the Body Fortress Weigh Protein Powder (vanilla) – I love the flavor.  When choosing a protein powder, you’ll want to look for the following nutritional guidelines:  20-30 g. carbs, 12-25 grams protein, 2-6 grams fat, 120-220 calories.

I use water instead of milk to reduce calories.  The frozen banana provides the creamy texture you look for from milk.

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