One thing I have really been enjoying though, are protein filled smoothies and shakes. I have a variety of protein powders that I particularly like… North Coast Naturals 100% ISO whey, Shakeology whey and also the Vega vegan powders. They are all very different and I use them at various times for different needs.
I tend to use the Shakeology and the Vega powders mixed with unsweetened Almond Breeze and some fruit as a meal replacement… breakfast or lunch. And I like the NCN powders mixed with Almond milk as a snack or after workout recovery drink.
I also really like a variety of fruits… frozen or fresh bananas, fresh strawberries, frozen mixed berries and blueberries, and a blend of frozen fruits from Europe’s Best called Caribbean Treasure which has mangoes, strawberries and peaches.
Until the last time we visited Costco, which we tend to do every 6 to 8 weeks. And there they were… frozen cherries. I grabbed a bag and tossed it into the cart immediately.
The first time I tried them I used chocolate Vega One. About 3/4 cup of cherries with 12 ounces of unsweetened original Almond Breeze and a packet of the protein powder. It was fabulous! Thick and sweet and really filling! You can see the bits of cherries in the thick chocolate drink.
So of course I had to give them a try in a vanilla based drink… this time with a scoop of vanilla Shakelogy and 12 ounces of unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze…. Mmmm. Again, great taste, and lovely color too!
What is in your favorite protein smoothie or shake lately? I am always on the lookout for new and tasty ingredients!