Why Not Make It a Cheesecake Smoothie?

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Smoothies are a standard part of my daily menu, but I’ve been missing something.

Something wonderful.

You can turn any smoothie recipe into a cheesecake version by adding one thing.  Cottage cheese…which I ordinarily loath.

Ask me to eat a cottage cheese snack, and I’m out.  No thanks. A cheesecake smoothie?  Yes, please.

For example, your lunch today could be a Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie.

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

  • 6-7 strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup of water or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla flavor
  • 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese (or more if you want)
  • Spinach (optional)

Just try it.  You will love.

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Chocolate (can’t call it a smoothie) Milkshake

By far my favorite blender drink.  Ever.

chocolate shake

So we all know I love my Nutribullet.  Using it or a blender, you can make this chocolate protein drink that tastes (almost) as good as a good ol’ chocolate milkshake.

Chocolate Milkshake

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 packet of stevia (optional…I didn’t use it but if you like super sweet stuff you might want it)

Put all ingredients in a blender. OMG.

In the picture above, I doubled the protein powder, added a 1/2 cup of almond milk, and a little extra cocoa.  This shake is pretty  rich, so play with the ingredients when you make it.  You really can’t mess it up.  Enjoy!

 

Apple Pie Smoothie

Two days ago, my blender went kaput.  It started leaking from the connection between the container and the blade.  This is very sad mostly because it is a Kitchenaid blender.  And it is pink.  It matches my mixer.  That said, if ANYONE has and ideas on how to repair this, please let me know.  I want my blender back.  You may remember this dear friend from previous posts.

pineapple smoothie

On a positive note, I bought a Nutribullet.  Maybe I jumped the gun a bit, but I eat a smoothie almost every day.  Not having a blender isn’t an option.  As with all new toys, I obsessed with this thing.  It mixes so smoothly, but the best part is the quick clean up.  You blend in the cup from which you drink, so that’s one less cup to wash.  Then, you pretty much just need to rinse it out.  Love.  Here’s what I had for breakfast today:

Apple Pie Smoothie

  • 1 medium apple (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla flavor
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup water

applesapple pie smoothie

Put ingredients in the blender or bullet and go.  This was a very filling and tasty breakfast.

apple pie smoothie

Mocha Smoothie

This one is light.  It’s not a meal like most of  my smoothies.  When I finished the Best Leftover Salad Ever, I needed something little and sweet.  I made this:

Mocha Smoothie

  • 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of instant coffee
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa powder (if you want it more chocolately, add more)
  • 1 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 ice cubes

Blend away.

I didn’t want to add any more calories to this when I made it.  If I make it in the future, I might add banana or greek yogurt to make it a little thicker.  The recipe, as it is, has an icy texture.

What would you add to this smoothie?

 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This weekend, I went on a bit of a shopping spree.  My mom was in town.  I couldn’t help it.

My mom came up with a great suggestion to help me get my finances calmed down a bit.  This week will be fix-only-what’s-in-your-pantry week.  That’s right.  I didn’t go to the grocery store today as is usually part of my Saturday routine.  Instead, I kept Anthropologie, Ulta, and Sephora in business while I clean out all the food in my pantry and refrigerator.  This week should be filled with some different and unique meal ideas.

Tonight, I kept it simple with a pumpkin pie smoothie that was pretty much amazing.  Here’s what you need:

pumpkin pie smoothie ingredients

  • 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (100 calories worth)
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pecan butter (I used Williams-Sonoma’s because I found it on CLEARANCE this weekend.  You could even make your own)
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla flavor
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 5-10 ice cubes (depending on how thick you want it)Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Listen, this thing is amazing.  It’s thick and sweet.  Love.

Pineapple and Kale Smoothie

Everyone is smoothie crazy these days.  It makes sense because they are easy to make and of course, they taste like a milkshake!  If you aren’t a big vegetable eater, smoothies can also give you a chance to consume several servings of vegetables at one time without even really tasting them.  I always add greens to my smoothie.  At this point it seems weird if the smoothie isn’t green.  While I love vegetables, there are times that sitting down with a nice big salad just doesn’t sound that appealing.  That’s when I know it’s smoothie time.

Check out these smoothies already posted on Andy Shardo’s:

Typically my smoothies include PB2 because I’m obsessed with the product.  This pineapple and kale smoothie doesn’t.  It’s always nice to switch things up.

IMG_0805Geez, the things looks good even before it’s blended!  Here’s what you need:

  • 2 scoops of protein (I use EAS Lean 15…get it at Sam’s!)
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 4-5 large kale leaves (If you buy it chopped in a bag, use about two handfuls.)
  • handful of mixed greens (optional)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of diced pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor
  • 12 ounces of water (If you like a creamier smoothie, you can use unsweetened almond milk for all or part of the water.)
  • 8-10 ice cubes

The sweetness comes from the pineapple, so if you like a sweeter smoothie, you can always add more pineapple or stevia.  I try to stay away from artificial sweeteners as much as humanly possible, but if you need one, stevia is a the only way to go.

If you find your smoothie is too thin, add ice.  If it’s too thick, add water or almond milk.  You really can’t mess this thing up.  So good.

Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

My mission to begin lifting weights is leaving me a little exhausted…and hungry! Today, at Sam’s Club, I bought a big bag of my favorite protein powder.  EAS makes a Lean 15 product with 15 grams of protein per serving … Continue reading