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My Protein Shakes/Smoothies in a Bowl

Posted Jul 11 2011 9:58pm

I’ve gotten quite a few emails lately asking me about the smoothies I make so I thought I’d make a post sharing the various ingredients I use to make it so thick and tasty!

The start of my smoothies always includes a cup or two of fresh spinach and 3/4 a cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze that I blend with a serving of protein powder (I use chocolate or vanilla spirutein protein powder),  3T-1/4C of pb flour by TJ’s, or a big spoonful of regular pb.  Sometimes when I use the pb flour or glob of pb I do add in a bit of guar gum but not too much or it makes the smoothie kind of…plastic like?  Yuck!

This initial blend without frozen stuff helps to create more of a liquid base to blend the smoothie since I don’t have a vitamix or anything and have to use spatulas to wipe the sides while the blender is going!

With that part done, I add in one of the following:

  • 1.5 C mixed frozen berries
  • 1C frozen mangoes
  • 1 frozen banana and 1 C frozen berries

I find that mangoes make for some serious creaminess in many of my smoothies. I think they’re just like bananas in how they make smoothies so thick, but provide a much stronger taste to the overall smoothie.

So, I blend all that together, making sure to mix the frozen stuff with the liquid base in the beginning, and eat it quickly (it’s hot there and melts quick).  I typically add in a some sort of cereal or mix of them because I like the crunch of it in the smoothie!

I probably eat at least one a day, if not two sometimes depending on my mood and the weather!  Here are a few pictures of the various types:

-Spinach, USVAB, chocolate protein powder, mixed berries and cereal

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-Spinach, USVAB, vanilla protein powder, frozen banana, frozen berries, cereal.

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-Spinach, USVAB, 1/4C pb flour, 1C frozen mango, 1/2C frozen berries.

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I know they probably all look the same but I swear they all taste different!   If you have any other questions let me know!  I’d be happy to answer them!

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