One of my favorite “healthy” cookies these days is the snickerdoodle ever since I came across a gluten-free, refined sugar-free recipe. Believe it or not, they are one of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten and I can’t really keep them in the house longer than a couple days every time I make a batch. So I figured it’d be easier to get my snickerdoodle fix in the morning with my protein shake instead of constantly baking cookies.
One of the reasons I love this snickerdoodle protein shake so much is my grandma makes the world’s best snickerdoodle cookies. No matter how healthy I treat to eat, she’ll give me a plate of cookies to take home with me nearly every time I see her. I’m a huge sucker for cookies and an even bigger cinnamon addict. To stay away from cookies and to get a tasty shake, I needed a recipe like this!
(Side note: If you want to go the lazy but still tasty route, you can check out this excellent Snickerdoodle flavored protein powder by Select.(Free shipping on Amazon))
This one is pretty simple too since really the main flavors in a snickerdoodle are vanilla and cinnamon. There’s not much else to it. Most times I make this one, I like to use plain liquid stevia to give it a little sweetness without changing the flavor. But if you want to make it extra “cinnamony,” you can use cinnamon-flavored stevia in addition to the dry cinnamon. It’s another good way to start the day with a fresh mouth and that’ll be coffee breath any day!
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
¼ cup chocolate or carob chips
1 tablespoon sugar free or low glycemic caramel sauce
8-10 drops coconut flavored stevia (SweetLeaf brand)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil, melted
½ cup ice cubes
As a former Girl Scout, I can still conjure up the flavor of pretty much any Girl Scout cookie from memory. There’s no denying the popularity of these cookies, especially since in recent years, they’ve started popping up in places other than the cookie jar. There are now Girl Scout cookie flavored coffee creamers, ice creams, crunch bars, even chapsticks. So I figured why not jump on the bandwagon and try to make a Girl Scout cookie flavored protein shake?
Samoas was never actually one of my favorite flavors, I was more of a Trefoil fan. But since it’s way easier to recreate a chocolate/caramel/coconut cookie than it is shortbread, I took a go at it. Plus, I already like to use coconut oil anyway, so I’m a step ahead.
I think the deliciousness of this one comes from the same flavor combination that made the cookie so popular. Even if you’re not a big fan of coconut (like me), combining it with chocolate and caramel makes all the difference. I used vanilla coconut milk instead of chocolate since I used chocolate protein powder but you could always switch these around or double them up to your liking. For the caramel sauce, I chose a low glycemic version (St. Dalfour) so I could enjoy the taste without worrying about my blood sugar. And the real clincher I think, is the coconut flavored liquid stevia. Since coconut oil doesn’t have a very strong taste, this gives the shake its namesake’s signature flavor!
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup coffee (any flavor will do)
Every morning, I start my day off with a big ol’ cup of coffee with cream and stevia. I usually don’t drink it until I get to the office but most days I’ll have my 8oz or so of joe finished up before lunch. I’m not the type of person who guzzles coffee down quickly in the AM…I’m more of a sip and savor.
I love the energy and focus boost that the caffeine gives me. I don’t always finish my coffee in the morning though and it’s cold come the afternoon. Usually, I’d just dump it out but I got an awesome idea a couple of weeks ago that allows me to ‘recycle’ any leftover coffee I have.
Around 2-3pm in the afternoon I start to drag a bit. I usually will have a protein shake in the afternoon to fend off any hunger or sweet cravings. One day, I decided to whip up some of the casein protein pudding I love for an afternoon snack. This time, though, I added my leftover gingerbread coffee from the morning into my mixture.
The result? Heaven.
Coffee mixes in perfectly with ON’s Casein protein powder and added a little boost of energy to my day along with the protein powder. I’ve started doing this almost every day. All you need is a scoop of casein protein powder (my favorite is cookie dough), a bit of milk or water and a quarter to half cup of coffee.
The result is a yummy mocha chip protein pudding! It’s super healthy and the combination of the protein and caffeine give me the perfect pick-me-up to finish my day on a strong note.
Fall is here and it’s time to feast on pumpkin everything. October isn’t even over and I’ve had pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte #PSL, pumpkin soup and pumpkin gobs already! Pumpkin is such a unique taste that is a must-have every fall. If you are really into it, you can eat pumpkin whatever year round…but something about fall and a cool crisp in the air just makes pumpkin taste better.
But what about a pumpkin spice protein shake? Is it possible to get them warm, tasty pumpkin flavor as a protein shake?
That was my goal and I came up with a delicious and easy recipe that is packed with protein. No doubt about it….this is the perfect fall protein shake recipe. You can have it as a postworkout protein shake or as a meal replacement. If you are really craving a sugar and fat filled pumpkin spice latte this is a great healthy alternative.
Nothing beats hitting the gym on a cool fall morning and topping off your workout with this shake.
You can play around with the spices a bit and try to find what is the best mixture for you. Some people like their pumpkin very sweet while others prefer it more mild. This protein shake recipe is my attempt at the perfect blend (though I am known to have a sweet tooth).
To simplify things, you could use pumpkin pie spice in place of the separate spices. I don’t have that laying around but I do have cinnamon and nutmeg. Either way works, though the pumpkin pie spice might be a touch tastier it is more expensive and not something most kitchens already have.
As always, play around and let me know your take on this recipe!
Chocolate covered cherries are great for a romantic gift, but how about a healthy version for after a workout? This shake is best enjoyed with your significant other after you get back from the gym. After all, there’s no better date than sweating it out at the gym together right?! 😀
For the guys out there, this one is simple enough to make that you can surprise your girl after the gym with a delicious chocolate covered cherry protein shake. It’s cheaper and healthier than heading to the gift shop for the real thing.
The best part is you probably have most of the ingredents in your kitchen already except for the frozen cherries. Pick those up and you’re ready to enjoy this anytime!
There are a few different ways you can make this. I prefer to make mine with dark chocolate almond milk from Silk. That is one of my favorite drinks, though, and the combination of regular almond milk with chocolate protein powder does the trick as well. It depends how much chocolate you want.
Feel free to add other things like spinach or some almonds to change up the macros for this delicious chocolate cherry protein shake! One other suggestion is to add a bit of extra dark chocolate for antioxidants.
Love this protein-packed cake batter recipe from Fit2Fat2Fit — one of my favorite recipe vloggers on YouTube! Cake batter is great in everything…cappuccino, ice cream, frosting…but usually it’s terrible for you. I made the mistake of going on a cake batter binge a few years ago and it didn’t end well 😉
Now I just whip up this awesome cake batter protein shake whenever I’m getting a craving and instead I get 30g of protein and only 10g of carbs will killing my cake batter and sugar craving for the day. It’s the best of both world’s and that’s why this is one of my favorite shake recipes ever!
Photo by ANDR3W A
1 teaspoon sugar-free caramel coffee creamer
1 packet stevia (optional)
1.5-2 cups vanilla almond milk
Several ice cubes
Caramel treats are the best! Nothing beats the sweet, smooth taste of caramel…especially when paired with chocolate. I tried a few new recipes before coming up with this delicious caramel packed treat.
The best part? This caramel protein shake isn’t full of sugar or calories. In fact, it’s one of the lower calorie dessert protein shake recipes that I’ve come up with.
That means you can use it to ease sugar cravings when cutting or trying to lose weight. You can also use it during the summer or on a cheat day if you are following super strict macros.
This works with either vanilla or chocolate protein powder so make it your own!
Super healthy recipe here for a classic mint chocolate protein shake! One of my favorite ice cream flavors reborn as a healthy, nutrient filled protein shake. This comes from Fit2Fat2Fit — one of my favorite fitness vloggers out there. Check it out and follow all the steps for a nutritious and protein packed treat!
Photo by _tar0_
I’ve posted a lot of dessert protein shakes but this one might top them all! Apple pie is a classic treat all year round and you should be able to enjoy it without the guilt of taking in tons of calories, sugar and carbs.
I wanted to find a way to alleviate my apple pie cravings and came up with this recipe. It’s pretty simple…in fact, you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen. With a little creativity, you can end your workout or supplement your nutrition with the yummy taste of apple pie (in protein shake form of course) 😀
A few of the ingredients are optional depending on how “apple pie” you want to get in terms of calories. Without all of the optional ingredients, this is a super healthy protein shake that you can drink on a cut.
Let me know your thoughts and enjoy this apple pie protein shake!
Photo by cowfish
Summer is here and nothing beats the taste of fresh strawberries on a summer afternoon. I post a lot of recipes with strawberries in them and this is another. Strawberries help me get my sugar fix without loading up my body with unnatural sugars and other artificial ingredients in candy or sweets.
Strawberry shortcake used to be something I gorged on in the summers, but instead I make this shake. It tastes a lot like strawberry shortcake but is packed with protein and healthy nutrients.
This is going to be a little higher in calories and sugar because of the vanilla wafers. You can leave those out if you are trying to stay super clean…but then it is more of a strawberry protein shake. 🙂
If anybody has a good, healthier alternative to vanilla wafers leave a comment and I’ll update my recipe!