I’m not a fan of just mixing protein powder with water. It’s gritty, lumpy, and rather un-appetizing to the discerning palette. I’ve made it a personal quest to come up with ways to enhance the taste factor of the protein shake in healthful, meaningful ways. One of my favorite discoveries is Dreyer’s Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt Blend. At 100 calories and 17 g of carbs per serving, it’s actually better in those departments than a serving of Dannon’s Light n’ Fit Vanilla yogurt, which is also a favorite of mine (with more protein per serving, admittedly). And when you blend it with protein powder, it gives your drink a milkshake-like consistency. Yum!
Here’s a protein shake with a thick, velvety texture and three Ps: protein, potassium, and probiotics. It’s both a meal replacement option (around 300 calories) and a smarter way to satisfy your sweet tooth. And it really does taste like a banana split! If you’re angst-y about the carb content, keep in mind that simple carbs after a workout actually help promote creatine absorption for muscle recovery and strengthening. And if this is a dessert treat for you, you could do much worse for a mini-splurge.
Check out how to make this tasty treat after the jump.
1/2 C water
1/2 C crushed ice
1/2 C Dreyer’s Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt Blend (or some other vanilla-flavored frozen yogurt, just watch the fat and carb content)
1 banana, frozen and divided into 3-4 pieces (for ease of blending)
1 scoop of chocolate-flavored protein powder
Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix on high until smooth and completely blended, adding more water as necessary.
Nutritional Data: 315 Calories, 2g fat, 1g sat fat, 46g total carbs, 4g fiber, 26g protein
How do you like to punch up your protein shakes?