pina colada protein shake

Now this is the way to do a protein shake.
pina colada protein shake
And NO! I did not add rum to my protein shake. At least not the first one. HA! It made 2 servings and Mikey wasn’t home at the time so I was kinda curious if it would be good with rum. So I did it. Oh no I didn’t??!!?? Oh yes I did. I know, I know, it’s totally wrong to add alcohol to your post work out protein shake and blah blah blah but I couldn’t help myself. It’s 70 degrees around here. It’s Friday afternoon and I had a killer workout at the gym so I sabotaged rewarded myself.
pina colada protein shake
As always with my protein shakes, you can substitute 1 cup plain greek yogurt instead of the protein powder.
pina colada protein shake
I totally won’t judge you if you put a shot of rum in it either because oh hello! It’s just divine. And wrong! So wrong!!! But who gives a shit. It’s so good!
pina colada protein shake
Pina colada protein shake
2 cups ice
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup coconut milk
Blend all ingredients in a blender. Serves 2. One for you and one for you to share. Or one for you and one for you to put a shot of rum in and enjoy! I’m sorry. I’m such a bad influence. Because in all honesty, it’s awesome without the rum. For real. But it’s Friday. And the sun is shining bright. And we can do extra cardio tomorrow. And I have zero self control. Clearly.
pina colada protein shake

blueberry banana smoothie

blueberry banana smoothie
I made us a smoothie instead of a protein shake for those of us who do not like to use protein powder. I didn’t want you to feel left out. Or to stop reading my blog. All 3 of you. Haha!
blueberry banana smoothie
This smoothie is great for breakfast, as a post workout, or as a snack. Or as a recovery drink if you celebrated way too much for St. Patrick’s Day with way too many of these(not me, I swear). You can very well make this into a protein shake by using vanilla protein powder for the greek yogurt. The same thing goes for any of my other protein shakes I’ve posted before. Like here and here. Substitute plain greek yogurt for vanilla protein powder. And regular cocoa works as a substitute for chocolate protein powder. And plain greek yogurt does have a good bit of protein per serving so it’s still a win win.
blueberry banana smoothie
Blueberry banana smoothie
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup almond milk (I use original flavor)
Place all ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice. Blend well.
Garnish with a few blueberries and some cute straws (optional).
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So refreshing and healthy. And filling too!

mocha caramel protein shake

mocha caramel protein shake

On Sunday my boyfriend and I were kind of having a lazy morning and opted to skip the gym. The weather around here was really awesome over the weekend too which usually prompts me to want to actually leave the house and do something. So I suggested we head to Barnes and Noble and just wander around perusing the books and whatnot. We’re so funny and so much alike in being homebodies because after about an hour, we both looked at each other and we were like -ok let’s go home now. On the way out we decided to get some coffee at Starbucks. I tried their new smoked butterscotch latte. Oh my heavens. So good. My boyfriend ordered a mocha frappucino. He wasn’t even sure what he was ordering because he was surprised when it came frozen. But boy was he glad when he took the first sip. He let me have a taste and oh yeah. New addictions were born. One hot and one cold.

mocha caramel protein shake
That mocha frappucino taste was the basis for my protein shake. The good thing about this protein shake is that if you don’t want to use protein powder, you can use regular cocoa powder. I also threw in half of a banana but you really can’t taste it. I use the banana as kind of a thickener. The caramel is a caramel coffee syrup. I used a sugar free version I found at Target. I made this shake after a killer afternoon leg workout and boy oh boy did it hit the spot.

mocha caramel protein shake

Mocha caramel protein shake
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (or 1 TBL cocoa powder)
1/2 frozen banana
2 tsp caramel coffee syrup (sugar free optional)
1 cup brewed coffee, cooled (of course decaf works if you don’t want the caffeine)
Place all ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth.

mocha caramel protein shake

Cherry margarita

A margarita for your Monday…..
cherry margarita

I cannot tell a lie…this margarita is the bomb. And I also cannot tell a lie when I say it’s George Washington’s birthday and that is the inspiration for this cocktail today. The history books tell us that little George Washington chopped down a cherry tree. This is a myth but one that has prevailed for many, many years. When young George was asked by his father if he indeed did chop down a cherry tree, young George replied “I cannot tell a lie, I did chop down the cherry tree.” And the famous quote was born with the myth.

cherry margarita
Whatever the case may be, I used this as an excuse to make a cherry margarita. I mean, who doesn’t love a good theme and a little story to go behind a really good cocktail. Especially a margarita. On a Monday. You get the idea, right?
cherry margarita
Now I’m kind of a contradicting myself today because I’m always saying how I’m an on the rocks margarita drinker. Just the regular old “lime” flavor as some people call a regular margarita. I’m just not one for the flavored frozen margaritas. Then this past summer I made a frozen peach margarita and holy shitballs was it amazing. I literally can’t wait for peach season again because my peach pie is my favorite and now my peach margarita is a favorite. Not that I want to wish away the year though because peach season around my parts of the world isn’t until the end of July and through August. I’ll just patiently wait and dream a little. Anywho, this cherry margarita I made today is frozen so I’m back to contradicting myself again. But it is just so tasty and such a pretty bright magenta color too. What I like about it is that there isn’t sugar or simple syrup or even agave added to this cocktail. It’s just perfect with only the cherries which aren’t too sweet or sour or tart. The cherries I used are frozen dark sweet pitted cherries. And they were not frozen with any added sugar which I find happens a lot with frozen fruit. Like peaches. It’s a very refreshing taste and quite addicting. And you can’t drink it too fast or you’ll get a brain freeze. Maybe that’s why I don’t like my margarita’s frozen???
cherry margarita

Cherry margarita
(serves 1)
15-20 frozen dark sweet pitted cherries
2 oz white tequila
1 oz grand marnier
1/2 oz lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice. Blend well. Serve in glass rimmed with salt. Add a slice of lime to make it pretty.

cherry margarita

Happy Birthday to George Washington and happy margarita Monday to us!!

Frozen Friday 3

I was not going to subject you to another frozen Friday drink BUT it’s still sunshiney gorgeous and over 80 degrees around here so just like Ms. Spears says…”oops, I did it again.”  It’s going to be fall in 5 days people.  I can’t take it.  And while I love pumpkin everything and have a few autumny cocktails in mind, I still love summer sooooo much and couldn’t wait to make a frozen drink and sit in the sun with a good book.  Are you with me on this?  If your weather sucks and it’s cold where you’re at well then I’m so sorry to hear that.  That of course doesn’t mean you still can’t make this frozen drink though.  Celebrate with me anyway because it is still FRIDAY!

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So this frozen drink doesn’t have a name.  It’s sort of like a dirty monkey but I threw in some peanut butter because I really like peanut butter and banana milkshakes.  Actually I used to always drink peanut butter and banana protein shakes after my workouts or in between clients back in the days when I was a personal trainer at a gym with a smoothie bar.  So instead of being all healthy and cool, I added alcohol instead of protein powder.  Maybe that makes me cooler? Haha.

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Just throw it all in the blender.

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Grab your book and your shades.

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And find the sunshine.

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Happy Friday!!!

Peanut butter, banana, and rum frozen drink

1 cup ice

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 tablespoon peanutbutter

1 1/2 oz rum

1 1/2 oz Kahlua

2 oz milk ( I use original almond milk)

chocolate syrup to swirl around inside of glass

Combine first 6 ingredients in a blender.  Pour into chocolate swirled glass.  Enjoy!