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Monday, June 21, 2010

Scrumptious Smoothies

I love smoothies! They're easy to make, versatile, portable, and refreshing. You have to be careful when you purchase them at restaurants or smoothie shops, as they can be loaded with sugar or other things your body doesn't need. Also, they can be overpriced. I've found that I like to make my own smoothies at home so I can control what goes in them and save some money too. It's a win-win in my book.

Over the weekend, I made two different smoothies. One is an old favorite and the other was a new recipe I tried out. Both were delicious and I think you might think so too. They can both function greatly as mini-meals or as post-workout meals. They are extremely nutritious and contain whey protein powder, which has been proven to be a real powerhouse for your active lifestyle. Whey protein is full of essential amino acids and since it is very easy to digest, it is absorbed quickly and efficiently by the body. It also supports the immune system and helps repair and rebuild muscles after a workout. It is a high quality, low-fat protein, which I strongly believe should be incorporated into your daily menu. If you can, get the whey protein ISOLATE, as it's even better for you as you create or maintain your rockin' body.

This first recipe made my husband ask me if I put ice cream in it, which made me laugh. It's just that good.

Chunky Monkey Protein Shake
Serves 1

Combine the following in a blender:

1 medium banana, frozen if possible
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
Splash of almond milk or skim milk
Splash of water
1 cup ice cubes

Blend, pour into a glass, and indulge in a very healthy recovery meal or anytime snack.

The next recipe I got from Oxygen magazine, a phenomenal magazine for women who are interested in lifting weights.

Lemon Plum Blast
Serves 1

2 small plums, pitted
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup water
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
Ice cubes

Blend all ingredients thoroughly in a blender. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

After you try them out, let me know what you think. Got a recipe you'd like to share with me? I'd love to try it out as well. Have a great, active day!


  1. Hey there! I was looking at whey protein last night and the majority had artificial flavoring or color. Do you recommend a certain brand? I may have to order some online.


  2. Carrie - Sorry it took me so long to respond. I use Optimum Nutrition and thought it didn't have anything artificial but I see artificial flavors in some of the flavors. I do love its consistency and nutritional stats but now you have enlightened me. I know Trader Joe's and Whole foods have some highly recommended varieties. Let me continue to look into it.

  3. Optimum Nutrition does have a natural line. It might be more up your alley.