I’ve been away for what seems like forever in Blog World, but it’s all been due to good things. I finally graduated a few days ago and since then it’s been full of celebrations, family, and friends. Not only did I graduate but, FunnyGirl also graduated with her Masters [so proud of her]. Last night I was so celebrated-out I actually went to bed at 7 pm and slept all the way through to 6ish this morning. So you can imagine I woke up with a fair amount of energy.
Having taken the day off from work I want to try and check off some errands from my to-do list today. So I opted for an easy protein smoothie. Smoothies come in a variety of concoctions, so the one below can totally be adapted to whatever fruits or protein type you like.
Start with some frozen fruit. I had some bananas lying around so last night I chopped one up and popped it in the freezer. It was pretty big so I used half for this smoothie. I always try to keep frozen berries around too because they’re not only great for smoothies but they’re also great for making natural fruit syrups to top sundaes or pancakes.
If it’s one thing I’m re-learning is that protein and fiber are the perfect way to start your day and stabilize your metabolism. I added some uncooked oats and a scoop of protein powder. I’m currently using the Total Lean line you can find at GNC.
Now add some low-fat or fat-free milk and vanilla. So here’s where you can play around with the kind of protein you want to add. Another option could have been plain low-fat or fat-free yogurt. If you go with yogurt, I recommend the Greek kind because it tends to have DOUBLE the protein of regular yogurt. The vanilla extract is optional, but it does help to round out all the flavors. Another option is Silken Tofu which has no flavor so you can flavor it any which way you’d like.
Now blend it all up. You might be thinking where is the ICE??? Well since my fruit was already frozen I initially opted to skip ice. But then I did a taste-quality-check and realized it could use a bit more coldness. I added 3 ice cubes to make it super thick and chilly.
I love the look of chilled glasses so before I even whipped out the blender and my ingredients, I wet my glass and stashed it in the freezer to chill. This also helps to keep your smoothie cold.
Look at that! Don’t that look yummy?! It’s Strawberry Banana goodness in a frosted glass. A lot of the creaminess you see here is actually coming from the Total Lean Protein powder. This powder makes your smoothies very creamy. I assume they do this so it makes you think you are drinking something totally sinful when really you’re drinking a healthy protein & fiber packed smoothie. The flavor I have at home is in Vanilla Bean.
- 1/2 a frozen banana or 1 small banana
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup uncooked oats
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- 3/4 cup of low-fat organic milk
- 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
- Ice (optional)