187. Protein Shakes – Strawberry Cake Batter and Mint Oreo

Protein Shakes || Ann Ning Learning How

I have gone back and forth on the subject of protein powder.  About a year ago my brother introduced me to a brand of egg white-based protein powder that I quite liked, but then when I ran out I chose to go with 100% Greek yogurt since it’s somewhere around 12g or protein per 1/2 cup.  I liked to blend it with frozen mango chunks from Trader Joe’s, but then mango became a fruit on my “limit consumption” list since it’s heaty and I’m not supposed to eat a lot of heaty things (per CMD).  But recently I took the plunge and ordered some of the “Designer Whey” that the Dashing Dish’s Katie uses (100 calories per scoop, 18 g protein, as natural as I can hope – although I didn’t fully research this, I’m just relying on hearsay and I like the taste).  Hey, if Katie uses it…  I’m enjoying a shake almost every morning for breakfast.  Generally, my shake recipes make a ginormous serving – I’d say grande+, maybe even venti – and I’m okay with this since the shake = the meal.  I do like to use frozen fruits and veggies when possible since not having to add ice cuts down on the bulk .  Here are two options for you:  1) Mint Oreo – inspired by CCK’s use of spinach to tint the shake green – I can’t taste it at all – the peppermint and vanilla flavors dominate, and the Oreos knock it out of the park.  Just remember to add them in at the end and barely blend them – you want visible specks/chunks, not a puree.  2) Strawberry Cake Batter – inspired by the Dashing Dish’s Cake Batter shake – but I like mine with frozen strawberries because they taste good and they’re pink.

Mint Oreo Protein Shake || Ann Ning Learning How

Strawberry Cake Batter Protein Shake || Ann Ning Learning How

In case you missed my adventures in smoothies with protein but without powder:

173.  "I'm Getting Healthy" Smoothies

173. “I’m Getting Healthy” Smoothies

173. “I’m Getting Healthy” Smoothies


I should probably be lying down.  But I don’t want to, so THERE. Mwa hahahahaha (maniacal laughter)!  This is the story of my recovery – there are so many things I want to do (mostly exercising and writing) but I can’t because I keep falling asleep.  I’ve tried the “I’m just gonna muscle through this” attitude, but it doesn’t work for me.  I used to be able to do it pre-AVM, but now I pay for it either immediately (e.g. by falling) or later (e.g. a 20 minute nap that morphs into a 3-hour siesta).  So I’ve got all kinds of ideas running around in my head, lots of healthy ingredients for my recipe experiments and several pieces of exercise equipment that I desperately want to take action on, but I can’t – I have to go take a nap now.  Boo hoo.  Poor me, poor me.  This is the part when I stop complaining and am thankful that I have the time and place to nap when I need to.

Okay, I’m all done complaining.  And I really will lie down after this, I promise.  But I’m just going to share a recipe before I go back to bed (It’s Saturday afternoon, but this will post Monday).  I am on antibiotics for the infection that’s got me down lately, and Tanpo has reminded me to make sure I eat some yogurt.  So it’s “I have a cold” smoothie time!!

I had a couple of serious infections as an inpatient (I was only awake for one of them), and a kind friend (a doctor, or nutritionist) emailed Dad to make sure I was ingesting yogurt while on my course of high-octane antibiotics.  My parents checked and yogurt was already being fed into my food tube (and later served on my tray).  I think this is the reasoning:  You eat yogurt to replenish the good bacteria in your intestine that might have gotten squashed (along with the bad bacteria that’s making you sick) by your antibiotics.

So I dutifully blended up an “I have a cold” smoothie this morning and informed Tanpo it had ½ c yogurt, carrots and strawberries in it.  He declined to sample my creation, although I also informed him that carrots and strawberries are good for you.  That is the extent of the health claims I am making for my smoothie.  This is not a magical healing elixir.  It just has yogurt in it bc I’m on antibiotics, and the healthfulness of carrots and strawberries is (I think) undebated.   Side note:  I know I’ve told you I ❤ my Vitamix before, but let me tell you again that it was so worth it.  Yes, it was an $ investment, but it allows me to do a lot of things in the kitchen since its so powerful and does a lot of work for me.  I can clean it (just add water and soap and blend) most of the time by myself, and it makes smoothies effortless.  And smoothies are just the beginning.  So I’m thankful I took the plunge and got one – if you’re thinking, “Should I buy a Vitamix?”, save your pennies and do it!  [End of personal endorsement.  I promise I am not affiliated with the company in any way – I’m just a happy consumer.]

“I have a cold” Smoothie

5 strawberries

½ c frozen carrots

¾ c milk of choice (I like unsweetened vanilla almond)

½ c plain Greek yogurt

splash of vanilla

Blend it up and enjoy!  This makes a big smoothie – I used my BIG smoothie cup.  I’m not sure how many ounces it contains but I purposely put the tissue box in the picture so you could gauge the size.  Sometimes I like really big smoothies, and now is one of those times.  I don’t have much of an appetite presently, but the strawberries and carrots were refreshing and easy to sip.

P.S. The strawberry flavor is dominant – I didn’t really notice the carrots.

P.P.S. I need a place to park my other “I’m getting healthy” smoothie recipes, so I’m going to do that here.   My smoothies thus far do NOT contain protein powder – I’ve preferred not to buy another product and just relied on the plain Greek yogurt we get from Costco (11-12 g Protein per ½ cup).  Although I love GY, it does add bulk, and sometimes I don’t want a HUGE smoothie.  (Sometimes I do, though, but not all the time).  I’ve tried protein powder in the past and I’ll try it again and see what happens.  Note that I’m calling these “I’m getting healthy” smoothies, not just “healthy smoothies.”  You generally generate more interest by making bold claims for your food, e.g. “Best ever!”  “Extreme Weight Loss!”  but I’m not into that at the moment.  I generally look at my food and ask myself if I’d be willing to put those ingredients singly in my body.  If the answer is “yes,” the recipe passes the test.

Find me and my smoothies on Pinterest

I'm Getting Healthy Smoothies for Pinterest || Ann Ning Learning How

The Protein Powder smoothies are from Dashing Dish.  The rest are mine.  When my protein powder arrives from Amazon I’ll park new recipes here.

more smoothie fun:

Apple Pie Smoothie || Ann Ning Learning How

Peach Carrot Smoothie || Ann Ning Learning How

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie || Ann Ning Learning How