orange dream protein shake

I’m on a really big citrus kick. Especially oranges and orange juice.

Who couldn’t use the extra vitamin C, especially in the winter???

This shake is great for your breakfast or as a post workout. I may have done both. But not in the same day. I’m not sure what it is about oranges right now but I literally can’t stop eating them. And in case you’ve read my blog before, I love love love fresh squeezed orange juice especially in my cocktails. I did use store bought orange juice for this shake though because it uses a whole cup of OJ and that’s a whole lot of oranges to juice. Especially when I only have a hand juicer, not an electric juicer.

Orange dream protein shake
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup orange juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
Place all ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth.

A tasty glass of vitamin C with a kick of protein. Does it get any better?

chocolate cherry cheesecake protein smoothie

I have the perfect Valentine’s treat for you and your swolemate!

I’m totally obsessed with these “cheesecake” smoothies. After I made the blueberry one, I kept thinking of all these different kinds I could make. I’m thinking strawberry may be next…or maybe blackberry…

One of the reasons I’m so obsessed with these smoothies is that they are not made with protein powder. Not that I’m opposed to protein powder, but sometimes I just don’t want it or get sick of it. Plus I know a few people who can’t drink it because it upsets their stomachs.

This smoothie is loaded with protein from plain greek yogurt and cottage cheese. Which is what helps give it that “cheesecake” flavor. If you’re still following your new years resolution to eat healthier, than this smoothie is like the perfect dessert.

Chocolate cherry cheesecake protein smoothie
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1 cup milk (I used original almond milk)
2 tsp cocoa
1 cup ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serves 1-2.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

pineapple melon protein smoothie

Fresh fruit in the winter is never a bad thing….

I originally was going to call this a fruit cup protein smoothie. It actually reminded me of a fruit salad but I thought fruit salad protein smoothie sounded really gross. But I didn’t think fruit cup protein smoothie sounded much better either. It’s like the fruit that’s left over from one of those big watermelons you carve out and throw a bunch of fruit into for summer picnics. Then there’s always someone that eats all of the good stuff out of it and your left with a few pieces of honeydew melon and cantaloupe. And maybe a few pieces of pineapple and a stray wrinkled grape or 2. Well it’s not summer here and I wanted some fresh fruit so my choices of the pre-cut variety at my local grocery store was this variety of fruit. Honeydew melon, cantaloupe, pineapple, and grapes. Well someone ate all the grapes….

So after spending $500 on precut fruit I don’t much care for, I forgot about it in my fridge. Why I bought it in the first place, I’m not even sure. But I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I threw it in a blender and made a smoothie. Good idea because it tastes great! Especially after I threw some granola on top and ate it with a spoon.

Pineapple melon protein smoothie
1/2 cup cantaloupe chunks
1/2 cup honeydew melon chunks
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder(or use 1 cup vanilla greek yogurt)
3/4 cup ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy. Granola on top optional but highly recommended.

When in doubt, just throw it in a blender and make a smoothie.

blueberry cheesecake protein smoothie

For those of us still craving dessert but trying to stay on track with our “diets”….

And for those of you that don’t like protein powder, I made this without any! But it is still loaded with protein. Win win!
Actually it’s the reason I called this a protein smoothie instead of a protein shake. If there’s a difference. In my mind there is. But of course in my mind, sticking to your diet means drinking vodka and soda water and light beer instead of margaritas and rum and cola.

This protein smoothie is not sickeningly sweet either. It’s actually not very sweet at all. But it does remind you of eating blueberry cheesecake minus the crust. You could actually sprinkle some crushed up graham crackers on top to get the full effect.
Getting back into trying to eat healthy and my workouts post holiday has been kind of hard for me the past week. It’s been about 2 degrees around here and all I want to do is snuggle under the covers and drink bailey’s and coffee and snack on food while I get caught up on all my bad reality tv shows. Have I mentioned before how much I hate winter?

Blueberry cheesecake protein smoothie
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
3/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup milk ( I used original almond milk)
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 TBL maple syrup
Place all ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth.

Loaded with about 25 grams of protein from the cottage cheese and yogurt, this is an awesome smoothie especially if you don’t like using protein powder.

chocolate cran-raz sparkling protein shake

Let’s celebrate!

What are we celebrating? My 7lb weight loss! And the Holidays of course.. And hopefully keeping 7lbs off over the Holidays!

So I do have to admit that part of the weight loss may have been stress related due to Mikey’s surgery but I still stepped up my game with more cardio and not over indulging over Thanksgiving. I’m hoping to keep it up over Christmas. This protein shake should help me in the process. It’s not too sweet from the cranberry juice and red raspberries but with a little bit of chocolate creaminess from the protein powder. Then I topped it all off with cran-raz sparkling water and made it into a festive treat.

True story- I almost blew my knee out doing squats. I even went light. I’ve had a bad knee for over 20 years now, I just deal with it. So I hadn’t done a leg/booty day routine in a few weeks and thought I would just go to the gym and do a simple little leg/booty workout. Well I started with smith machine squats using very little weight and immediately my legs were like “oh hell no!” But I endured because I’m used to it. Hahahaha. Several ice packs and ibuprofen later, my knee is still not happy. Moral of the story is that’s what I get for skipping leg/booty day for several weeks. I’ll just go cry in my protein shake now…..

Chocolate cran-raz sparkling protein shake
1/2 cup frozen red raspberries
1 cup cranberry juice
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
3/4 cup ice
1/2 can cranberry raspberry sparkling water (I used Lacroix)
Add first 4 ingredients to a blender with ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and top with sparkling water and stir gently.