Monday, December 7, 2009

To Help You Through The Christmas Holiday

I've been going NUTS with the sweets! It's right before the Christmas holiday, and too soon after all that pumpkin and apple pie, we are well on our way to cookie season. HOW to stay on track during a time when there's bad (but oh so good) food everywhere? The protein shake can stay those cravings and satisfy that sweet tooth. I thought I would take a second and post my favorite Christmas protein shake recipes. Each of them uses the same vanilla protein shake base (I personally use Myoplex Lite, but you can use your favorite brand). Also, since I prefer a thicker shake, I have included the optional vanilla yogurt and ice cubes. Here's to staying good... the BEST way I know! psssst... I heard a rumor that Santa requested my Gingerbread Shake instead of the high fat milk and cookies.

Mochee Mint Shake
  • 1 serving vanilla protein shake powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon raw mesquite powder
  • 1/4 tsp decaffeinated instant coffee
  • 5 drops peppermint extract
  • 8 oz. water
  • 6-10 ice cubes (optional)
  • 4 oz. Yoplait light vanilla yogurt (optional)
Blend and serve. Note... if you are not a coffee fan, the coffee can be omitted for a wonderful Mocha Mint shake! ;)

Gingerbread Shake
  • 1 serving vanilla protein shake powder
  • Dash of allspice, nutmeg, clove and ginger (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. Maple syrup (NOT pancake syrup... use grade B organic maple syrup)
  • 8 oz. water
  • 6-10 ice cubes (optional)
  • 4 oz. Yoplait light vanilla yogurt (optional)
Blend and serve.

Coconut Cream Shake
  • 1 serving vanilla protein shake powder
  • Dash of allspice
  • Dash of raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. Maple syrup (NOT pancake syrup... use grade B organic maple syrup)
  • 8 oz. COCONUT water
  • 6-10 ice cubes (optional)
  • 4 oz. Yoplait light vanilla yogurt (optional)
Blend and serve.

I hope you enjoy my holiday shakes and may they get us ALL through the holidays! ;) A special note: because I'm REALLY watching my caloric intake, I mix ALL protein shakes with water instead of milk. Feel free to follow package instructions when mixing your protein shake, possibly substituting skim milk for regular. Have fun with it... they taste great!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the one stop shopping and one day I guess I will build up my nerves and buy the ingredients that you listed. I think I had some of the protein powder before and I did not like the taste but I might try it again!

Mercy!!!

FitterTwit said...

Oh, you SHOULD give them a try. They taste WONDERFUL. Remember to add the spices "to taste", meaning, try it and if it needs more of anything (like allspice), add a little more until you like it. You really can't go wrong with all natural ingredients like spices and organic maple syrup.... it's really just about adding flavor. These shakes are a REALLY good source of nutrition, but more important... they are SO GOOD!<--- that statement doesn't have it's usual punch without my hand gestures! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!