Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie

February 14, 2014
Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie - Roasted strawberries lend depth of flavor while cottage cheese brings a consistency similar to a milk shake

One of the many things I love about my gym

Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie - Roasted strawberries lend depth of flavor while cottage cheese brings a consistency similar to a milk shake

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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!

Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie - Roasted strawberries lend depth of flavor while cottage cheese brings a consistency similar to a milk shake

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.

Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie - Roasted strawberries lend depth of flavor while cottage cheese brings a consistency similar to a milk shake

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

Enjoy!

xoxo

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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 

~ Tips for making homemade ice cream softer come from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop, and also online

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~ Adapted from Minimalist Baker

Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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
Serves: 1
Nutrition + Show
Rating:
Calories 315
Total Fat 12.4g
Saturated Fat 7.9g
Carbohydrates 42.3g
Fiber 4.1g
Sugars 33g
Protein 19.6g
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  • Reply Ana De- Jesus April 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    It just goes to show that Pinterest is a handy way of finding delicious recipes! I love the sound of this cheesecake protein smoothie x

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