I have a new obsession...smoothies! A few months ago, I started eating protein bars after my class at the gym because I was starving and would usually overeat once I got home because I was so famished. A friend told me about protein powder too, where you mix the powder with water or milk for a fast "shake". I picked up some Jillian Michaels Protein Whew Something-or-other at Stuff Mart and decided to give it a try. I haven't tried it with water yet, and it's ok tasting with milk, but I don't love it. If you've ever had Slim-Fast shakes, this shake tastes pretty bland. (But bland can be good because that means there's less sugar and artificial taste-enhancing gunk in it!) Anyhoo, I saw some recipes on Facebook a few weeks ago that a friend was posting to another friend. They had both joined an up & coming weight loss program (which shall remain nameless) where you drink shakes twice a day, like the Slim-Fast plan. But these shakes sounded AMAZING! So I did some research and compared their powder with the Jillian powder that I was using. I found that they were very similar nutrition-wise, and that you had to use only 1 scoop of the Jillian powder compared to 2 scoops of the other powder. And the Jillian powder is way cheaper!
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, first of all, I'm bored, and secondly, I'm excited about my new found smoothies!! I want to share my favorite shake recipe with you. It's ultra yummy and approximately 365 calories. It makes a great breakfast or lunch on the go. I just had one for a mid-afternoon snack because I sort of snacked through lunch and was starving come 3 pm today!
1 Tbsp PB (I use my homemade natural PB that has a bit of coconut oil and honey it, but regular creamy PB works well too!)
1 Tbsp (or less depending on your taste) instant chocolate pudding mix
Throw it all in the blender and blend. Then pour into a cup and enjoy! I think the pudding mix and banana make this shake a bit thicker, so if you popped it in the fridge or freezer to chill it, it would taste like a milkshake. I just love this recipe! I'm hooked! There are lots of other recipes that are yummy and I will share them with you too in future posts. Let me know if you try this one and if you liked it.