Protein!

So, I recently started using protein powder as a way to not only get extra protein in my diet, but also as a way to feel full when I’m at work and supplement my workouts. As a disclaimer I’ve only used one brand of protein powder so far, and will be continually adding new content about different brands and flavors that I try.

I’ve been using the Millville chocolate whey protein for a few weeks and I do like it! It’s sold at Aldi’s, but I do not have a specific price right now.

Simply adding protein powder to almond milk really isn’t enough for me. While Millville’s protein doesn’t chunk of get grainy, it doesn’t have the best flavor by itself. Here are three ways I mix it up when I make protein drinks!


Chocolate banana

Ingredients:

  • One medium banana
  • 8 oz plant milk of your choice (I prefer unsweetened/unflavored but we had vanilla almond milk and it worked great too)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Directions:

  • Tear your banana into 4-5 pieces and throw in the blender
  • Add the plant milk
  • Add protein
  • Blend!

I have a Magic Bullet blender that’s perfect for these recipes! If you have a full sized blender it’s much easier to double/triple the servings and prep ahead for the week!


Chocolate Raspberry

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup plant milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein

Directions:

  • Microwave your raspberries for 25-30 seconds to thaw them enough for the blades to get through easily. Raspberries can be tricky to blend in a small blender for whatever reason, but I find this really helps.
  • Add your milk THEN protein
  • Blend!

Mint Chip Milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 to 1 cup of Halo Top Mint Chip ice cream
  • 1/2 cup plant milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein

Directions:

  • Portion everything out, put ice cream, milk, protein in, in that order.
  • Blend

I know I keep emphasizing the protein powder should be added last, but listen: it’s a pain when your protein sticks to the top of your blender cup and doesn’t actually get blended in nicely. Save yourself the hassle and just scoop it last. Also, let your Halo Top sit for a few minutes before you portion and blend it (you’re supposed to anyways). This helps it soften which makes scooping easier but also it acts more like a liquid and blends with the protein better. Halo Top is also a fairly good source of protein itself and this is one of my new favorites!


One last thing

I have been prepping my smoothies/ milkshakes the night before and freezing them. Then, at work I let it thaw and drink it as it warms up! This makes me pace myself and it helps me feel Fuller throughout the day. It’s a huge help for keeping the fruit smoothies fresh too! It’s a little off-putting when your pink smoothie turns brown in the fridge.

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