One of the many things I love about my gym
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Is the wealth of ideas for feeding your body well
A friend and I sat putting on our shoes. A container of protein powder sticking out of her bag. “OK, I've got to ask, what are your favorite ways to eat it?” 30 seconds later, I reached for my notebook. “Wait, will you say that again?”
I lingered longer than normal after kickboxing. A husband and wife were heading back to work. She handed him a smoothie. “Do tell, what's in it?” Everyone within earshot started to offer their favorite tips and tricks. What a wealth of knowledge!
This recipe came from a coach. Wanting for something other than her standard Greek yogurt smoothie, she searched Pinterest and found this recipe. “I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner! Of course, cottage cheese.”
I couldn't resist. Roasted strawberries are wonderful, cottage cheese is a fridge staple, and smoothies are a world I've wanted to delve further into. Not to mention the recipe was a perfectly balanced meal.
The end result, as expected, was absolutely delicious, although its consistency offered a surprise. The creamy texture was similar to a shake made of ice cream, something I've never experienced in a smoothie made from yogurt or milk.
Other reasons I love the idea of a smoothie made from cottage cheese
If you're not a fan of cottage cheese because of its texture, but the time your smoothie is blended, you wouldn't know it's there. Greek yogurt or a medium-sized frozen banana would be great replacements
Maybe the tang of Greek yogurt is off-putting? This offers an alternative way to get your protein
Not a fan of fruit on its own? Again, an alternative way to add it to your meals
I think I'll be doing some Pinterest searching of my own in the very near future
ps: I've also been enjoying this smoothie with spiced walnuts sprinkled on top
pps: 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, because alcohol doesn't freeze, and vodka doesn't impart an intrusive taste, for every two cups or so of finished smoothie, I'll blend in a Tbsp or so. If you're feeling extra fancy, a bit of Champagne or Rose will complement the strawberries beautifully
~ Adapted from Minimalist Baker
Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
- ¾ cup strawberries, sliced
- 2 tsp coconut, olive, or grapeseed oil
- ¾ cup cottage cheese
- 1 Tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice)
- 8 - 12 ice cubes, depending on preferred thickness
- ¼ cup water
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp chia seeds, optional for thickening
- ½ scoop plain or vanilla protein powder, optional
- 1 Tbsp graham cracker crumbs, for topping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350° F
- Place strawberries on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil and toss.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the strawberries are soft and juices have begun to release. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes or more.
- Add all of the ingredients, except the graham cracker crumbs, to a blender. Blend until well combined.
- Serve immediately with the graham cracker crumbs (if using) either sprinkled on top or swirled throughout