Lucky Lime Creamy Protein Shake

Lucky Lime Creamy Protein Shake | Mimi's Fit Foods

Oh man!  I might be a little biased because of my love for anything citrus-flavored, but this shake seriously made my day yesterday!

I wanted to bring you another healthy  “green” recipe that you can use on St. Patrick’s Day and this is what I decided on.  I had originally hoped to make something with mint, but when this idea entered my mind . . . . I couldn’t let it go!  I’m yearning for warm, summer weather and this shake just might have given me a taste of it.  It’s SO refreshing!  We had a nice 55ish-degree day yesterday that was filled with sun.  After making this shake, I put the babe in the stroller, walked to the park (without a jacket, mind you), and sipped this the whole way there.  Sunshine, a creamy lime shake, and a happy toddler going down the slide . . . . I think summer is coming!  I’m totally feeling lucky about that and this shake definitely  helped!

This shake comes out with a slightly green hint.  If you really want it to look more green, add a drop or two of green food coloring.  Feel free to make this on your St. Patrick’s Day.  It will definitely bring out the fun mood of the holiday and it might even make you feel like it’s summer for a day.  Worked for me!

Lucky Lime Creamy Protein Shake

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (100 Calories, 15g Protein)
1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
sweetener, to taste (I used 2 packets Stevia)
fresh juice from 2 limes
zest from 1-2 limes
1/2 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt
1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
ice, to desired consistency
1-2 drops green food coloring, optional

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Serves 2.

Nutritional Information Per Shake
Calories:  200.5
Protein:  29.3g
Carbs:  12.7g
Fat:  3.8g (1.3g = Sat.)
Fiber:  2.1g
Sugars:  7.7g

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Triple Berry and Carrot Juice Detox and Antioxidant Smoothie

Triple Berry and Carrot Juice Detox and Antioxidant Smoothie - Mimi's Fit Foods

We caught some of the nasty winter germs that have been going around and have been down with colds in our house.  Ugh!  In order to help boost our immune systems we’ve been trying hard to get in as many fruits and veggies as possible.  

This little smoothie has become our breakfast drink for the past week.  The berries are LOADED with antioxidants and I love sneaking veggies in the smoothie without anyone even noticing they’re there . . . thus, the addition of carrot juice.  Fruits and veggies will help us to naturally detox and cleanse our bodies too, so this smoothie is great for any of us who may have indulged a little over the holidays.  

If you’re wondering, I buy my triple berry mix from Costco.  I also found the carrot juice at Costco and have noticed that I can get the three bottles at Costco for almost the same price it costs for 1 bottle in the grocery store.  Since we won’t be drinking ALL that carrot juice before it goes bad, I’ve decided to freeze it until I need it.

If you’re in need of a handy-dandy way to get in your fruits and veggies, here’s a great solution.  Your kids will love it too.  My little babe sees it mixing in the blender and starts chanting, “num, num, num.”  Smoothies just seem to be a special treat!

Triple Berry and Carrot Juice Detox and Antioxidant Smoothie
Mimi’s Fit Foods

1 cup frozen mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
1/2 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup cold water
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/8-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (depending on taste)
crushed ice, optional

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (about 30 seconds).

Serves 2.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (Per Smoothie)
Calories:  110.2
Protein:  4.8g
Carbs:  22.6g
Fat:  0.4g (0.1g = Sat.)
Fiber:  2.7g
Sugars:  18.4g (mostly all natural from the berries)

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie - Mimi's Fit Foods

I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween!  Now we get to look forward to Thanksgiving.  What better way to do so than with Pumpkin Pie, I ask?

Here’s a great way to get your protein shake in while TOTALLY appreciating the flavors of pumpkin pie!  It’ll make you feel all cozy on a fall or winter day.  The smoothie surprisingly tastes a whole lot like pumpkin pie and leaves you with that sweet and decadent flavor.  I gotta admit that my favorite part of the smoothie is the the chunks of graham crackers found throughout.  I love the flavor and the crunch.

I’m so happy that I’ve found a way to enjoy pumpkin pie in a healthy and balanced nutrition sort-of-way.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
Adapted from Little Inspiration

1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup low fat milk (I used organic, 1%)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (100 calories, 15g Protein)
1 cup crushed ice
1/2 graham cracker (or 2 sections), crushed (crumbs for topping)

Put canned pumpkin, milk, cinnamon, and protein powder in blender.  Blend until well-combined and smooth (about 1-2 minutes).  Add ice and blend again until smooth.  Top with graham cracker crumbs.

Serves 1.

Nutritional Information
Calories:  209.8
Protein:  20.2g
Carbs:  24.9g
Fat:  3.7g (1.5g = Sat.)
Fiber:  5.3g
Sugars:  13g

Creamy Lemonade Protein Shake

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This is such a fabulous summer snack!  I saw it while watching Studio 5 one day and knew I had to try it.  It’s super simple to throw together, it’s low fat, and tastes VERY light and fresh.  The lemon taste is distinct and, being a fan of lemon flavored foods, I was in love.  And, not that all food needs to look pretty, I loved how the specks of lemon zest made this look so appealing.  This might just become my afternoon snack for the entire summer!

One thing to take note of is that I used a protein powder that had about 22 grams of protein (0 carbs) and 100 calories per scoop.  Thus, the nutritional information reflects that.  If you’re trying to match the nutritional information, you’ll want to use a protein powder that is close to that.  If not, adjust your calorie count accordingly.

Also, I used 1 individual-sized packet of Stevia for sweetener and it turned out great.  Again, this may need to be adjusted for you based on how sweet you like your shake.

I hope you love it as much as I do!

Creamy Lemonade Protein Shake
Adapted from Studio 5

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup 1% milk
sweetener, to taste (I used Stevia)
fresh juice from 1/2 lemon
zest from 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt
1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
ice, to desired consistency

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Serves 1.

Nutritional Information Per Shake
Calories:  184
Protein:  31.4g
Carbs:  10.6g
Fat:  1.7g (1.1g = Sat.)
Fiber:  0.1g
Sugars:  7.4g

Fit Banana Sundae

Banana Ice Cream with Protein Powder

Oh man!  Who wants ice cream for a snack?  HELLO!  I do!!

When I first saw this recipe idea I knew I had to try it because I kind of didn’t really believe it.  Well, guess what!?  It works and it is VERY delicious!  I usually push this into one of my snacks on a day when I’m about ready to lose it (lose it in a way where I might just eat your cookie straight out of your hands if you’re standing next to me).  This makes me feel slightly indulgent without feeling super guilty afterwards.

It’s the frozen banana that brings the magic to this recipe.  It offers a rich, wonderful “ice cream-like” consistency.  When my bananas are getting pretty ripe then I simply slice them into 1-inch chunks, place them in a Ziploc freezer bag, and throw them in the freezer.  When you blend them up, they seriously emulate ice cream.

Now, I’ve made this with just the bananas and protein powder and it was GREAT.  Then I had this splendid idea to mix a little bit of milk with some peanut butter and drizzle that over the top.  I mean, peanut butter and bananas are a pretty heavenly mix, right?!  It was SUPER GREAT.   So, if you have the calorie allowance . . . try it.

Either way, you’re going to love this!  Seriously!

Fit Banana Sundae

1/4 cup skim milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (about 22g of protein & 110 calories)
1 cup frozen banana slices
2 tablespoons fat free Reddi-wip, optional
1 maraschino cherry, optional

Pour skim milk into blender or food processor.  Add protein powder and blend on high speed for about 15 seconds.

Add frozen banana slices and blend on high speed for 45 seconds or until smooth, stopping blender to stir with a spoon and scrape down sides as needed (a food processor will give you a smooth result faster than the blender).

Spoon into a dessert bowl.  Top each sundae with 2 tablespoons of Reddi-wip and a maraschino cherry, if using.

Serves 1.

Nutritional Information (Per Sundae without Reddi-wip or Cherry)
Calories:  209
Protein:  25.2g
Carbs:  26.3g
Fat:  1.3g

Tropical Protein Smoothie

When it comes to easy, this might be my most favorite protein smoothie/shake combination.  I’m not hard to please, am I?  I just love the combination of this fruit (peaches, mangos, pineapple, strawberries) mixed with vanilla.  I use this as a pre-workout shake or as a snack sometimes.  Truth be known that this seriously motivates me to wake up for an early workout some days.  I’ll be laying in bed trying to decide if I should wake up and workout or sleep longer.  As soon as I think about eating this for my pre-workout meal, my decision is made, and I’m out of bed and throwing on my running shorts!  It’s so yummy I feel like I’m “cheating” every time I eat it.

By the way . . . I usually buy me a big bag of this frozen fruit at Wal-Mart.  They usually carry it and, because I like it so much, I love that it comes in a large bag.  It’s more affordable that way too.  (Here’s a picture of it so you can see what I buy.)

Tropical Protein Smoothie

1/2 cup frozen mixed tropical fruit blend
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (about 22g of Protein)
1/2 cup cold water
ice cubes, optional

Place frozen fruit in a blender or food processor.  Blend until fruit is finely chopped.  Add cold water, protein powder, and ice (*if desired).  Blend until well mixed (doesn’t take long).  Pour unto a tall glass and enjoy!

*Note:  Depending on how “slushy” you like your smoothies, you may want to add ice to the blender when adding the water and protein powder.  The frozen fruit will offer some amount of slush, but you can achieve more by adding additional ice.

Serves 1.

Nutritional Information
Calories:  145
Protein:  22.5g
Carbs:  11.5g
Fat:  1g

Mixed Berry & Protein Smoothie

Nutritional shakes/drinks/smoothies are such a great way to get good nutrition in a fast and convenient way.  Additionally, I find them to be so tasty that I almost feel like I’m eating something I shouldn’t be.  These are great for snacks in between meals, for pre-workout meals, or for recovery after a hard and long workout (with some minor adjustments).  This first smoothie/shake that I’m throwing up on the blog is one of the very most basic ones (we’ll start easy and then throw in some twists later).  You just take frozen fruit, a scoop of protein powder (preferably whey), add a little water, and blend until smooth.  You can really use any kind of frozen fruit that suits your fancy.  I’m preparing to share more combinations with you throughout time.  So, get ready for some protein shakes that will dance all over those taste buds of yours.

Mixed Berry & Protein Smoothie

1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (about 22g of Protein)
1 cup frozen berries
1/2 cup cold water
ice cubes, optional

Place frozen berries in a blender or food processor.  Blend until berries are finely chopped.  Add cold water, protein powder, and ice (*if desired).  Blend until well mixed (doesn’t take long).  Pour unto a tall glass and enjoy!

*Note:  Depending on how “slushy” you like your smoothies, you may want to add ice to the blender when adding the water and protein powder.  The frozen berries will offer some amount of slush, but you can achieve more by adding additional ice.

Serves 1.

Nutritional Information
Calories:  167
Protein:  23.5g
Carbs:  16.3g
Fat:  1.6g