I’ve been on a coffee kick lately. I believe it’s thanks to our new coffee maker and the smell of fresh coffee in the mornings – the scent is just too much for me to handle.
These are the moments when I feel sorry for one of my brothers. He is allergic to caffeine. Poor lamb.
I made this the other day and loved it so much I had to share it. The secret to the creaminess (apart from the protein) is the cottage cheese. It also adds more protein to the shake, which is what I’m all about these days. This will serve 1-2.
Mocha Manipulation Smoothie
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- 6 ice cubes
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder*
- 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
*I used FitMixer Slim in chocolate
Blend everything well in a high-speed blender. Stick in a straw and enjoy!
I’ve had this smoothie a couple times with a few change ups. The second time I had it I added chocolate whey protein and wheat germ for variety.
The smoothie challenge has been such fun and I’m pleased to say I’ve stuck with my goal and had a smoothie as a meal replacement every single day for July. I love trying new recipes from my blogger friends or making up my own – it keeps me from getting bored!
Here’s a bonus recipe that I made the other day – it was such a delicious shake with a deep purple colour! When you make your food look pretty I think it’s so much more enjoyable…and I love COLOUR!
(taken with Instagram – follow me @colourfulpalate)
- ¼ cup cottage cheese
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 10 cherries
- 1 scoop Vega Almond Vanilla Protein
- 1 tablespoon wheat germ (opt)
Blend everything together. You can leave the wheat germ out as I did. I like adding it on top of my smoothies and eating with a spoon. It has such a great nutty flavour. Serves 1 (large portion) and is approximately 300 calories.
I’ve finally gotten over my cough so I can start to work out more seriously again (yay!). While I was feeling pretty sick, I still worked out, but I did low impact, slow workouts – mostly incline walks. It’s a wonderful way to still get your burn in without too much physical exertion.
Sample workout: 30 – 45 minute walk on 6 – 7% incline at 3.5 – 4 mph. Sometimes I also added small hand weights (3lbs) as I walked for extra resistance.
I’m glad to say there’s only one day I’ve skipped my workout (because I didn’t feel so hot). Go me!
How are your July goals going? Got any delicious smoothies recipes you’d like to share with me? Comment below and let me know!
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