Snickers Protein Smoothie

“You’re never going to guess what!?”

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One of the women I’ve had the privilege of coaching during our latest 9-week challenge at Goals in Motion ran .. come to think of it ..  maybe it was a skip .. and sat beside me today as I put on my shoes & gloves for kickboxing class

“There’s a muscle in there!” .. poking at her tummy .. “Here .. can you feel it?” .. grabbing my finger to use as a poker as well.  “Well, there’s still some fat too .. but who cares .. I can feel a muscle .. how cool is that?!”

For a brief moment in time .. the world stopped .. her enthusiasm nothing short of contagious

“My clothes are loose .. I’ve got more energy .. my upper body is stronger.   Oh .. and my husband told me this weekend that I really look great!”

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Life lesson #4671 .. Watch out for a woman with newfound confidence .. she’ll prove a formidable foe on the other side of a bag .. ahem!

There’s something that happens around Challenge week 7.   If one has been living a clean lifestyle (eating well & working out 85-90% of the time) .. this is when big changes start to become visible

I’m not talking about the scale necessarily .. instead, people are noticeably leaner .. have more energy .. start to say “Wait .. maybe this really DOES work .. maybe it really IS worth it”

Hah .. I can still see her big smile .. she absolutely made my day

 

So, in celebration of tummy muscles & newfound confidence .. a protein filled chocolate smoothie seems in order.   Snickers .. it’s recipe scribbled on a torn piece of notebook paper .. taped to our kitchen wall .. right above the blender.

After discovering the creaminess that comes from blending cottage cheese .. I’ve been experimenting.    My first attempt wasn’t a bust by any means .. but the flavors my mind sought weren’t as prominent as I wished for them to be .. especially the caramel

One idea to bring out the flavor .. use a combination of caramel & chocolate protein powders.  Another .. sugar-free coffee syrups .. either blended into the smoothie .. drizzled on top .. or a little bit of both

Enjoy!

xoxo

ps:  I’d be remiss to part without speaking of vodka.  Often, I’ll make a couple servings of a smoothie at a time .. freezing some for another day.   The problem .. the second serving emerges hard as a rock.   A trick that works for me .. since alcohol doesn’t freeze .. and vodka doesn’t impart an intrusive taste .. for every 2 cups or so of finished smoothie .. I’ll blend in a Tbsp or so.    

~ Tips for making homemade ice cream softer come from David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop .. and also online .. here

~ Adapted loosely from dashing dish.com .. here 

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Snickers Protein Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ¾ c cottage cheese
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder .. or ½ scoop (** any combination of vanilla, caramel, and chocolate protein powders work well, depending on personal taste)
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp sugar-free chocolate syrup (** I like Starbuck's)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar-free caramel syrup (** I like Starbuck's)
  • 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum or ¼ tsp chia seeds for thickening (optional)
  • ¼ -1/2 c water (** adjust for desired thickness)
  • 5-10 ice cubes (** again, adjust for desired thickness .. more ice=thicker)
  • Optional toppings: sugar-free chocolate chips, chopped peanuts
Instructions
  1. Toss everything but the ice into your blender & start it. Add the ice a cube at a time and thicken to taste
Notes
Nutritional Data by %
% Protein: 66
% Carbs: 25
% Fat: 14
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 smoothie Calories: 299 Fat: 5.75 Carbohydrates: 16.5 Sugar: 7.5 Protein: 50

 

Comments

  1. sexyveggie says

    Hi back ..

    Thank-you so much for spending a few minutes reading & being willing to post a comment .. I truly appreciate it.

    Oh my .. there are so many great resources in the space of healthy/clean eating .. some of my favorites: http://www.greenkitchenstories.com, http://www.theroastedroot.net, http://www.kalynskitchen.com, http://livinghealthywithchocolate.com, http://www.runningtothekitchen.com, http://www.earthsprout.com

    I also read a number of sites who’s recipes wouldn’t fall 100% in line with my eating philosophy .. but I enjoy their ideas .. the flavor combinations there putting together .. and more than anything the voice they bring to their blogs .. I feel like they’d be interesting to sit & have a cup of coffee with.

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