Can you believe it’s the 16th of July! I’ve had a smoothie every single day of this month, sometimes even two a day. I thought by now I’d be a little tired of smoothies and protein shakes, but I’m not.
(orange shake made with Sunwarrior protein)
I keep changing things up and trying new recipes and of course, I keep inspired by all the goodness that you guys keep sending in every day of the challenge.
My friend, ShannonMarie of Rawdorable, keeps sending in the most adorable photos – I just HAVE to share them with you. There’s no end to the cuteness.
Some of you have been making some super fun collages too – I love the creativity! There’s been lots of sharing of recipes on Twitter and Instagram with the challenge participants – so I’ve discovered lots of delicious recipes/sites.
Speaking of new recipes, I was chatting with my cousin the other day and we were talking about protein shakes. He mentioned one of his favourite shakes was his dark chocolate shake. Of course, you know that if chocolate is involved, I get very excited. Obviously I asked him to share his recipe.
Once I tried it I knew I had to share it with you (with permission). Seriously, it’s like a liquid version of a dark chocolate bar. I’m a fan.
(I love cocoa!)
He does include an organic, raw egg in this recipe – so as a disclaimer (as I’m no expert about these sorts of things) use it at your own risk. If you’re pregnant, have a weak immune system, or are younger than 3 years of age (most of my readers are probably under 3) don’t use it. You can also use pasteurized egg whites instead – or if you’re not a fan of the idea, no worries, simply skip it! It was added to the shake to add even more protein and healthy fats. I had never added a whole raw egg to a shake before and I actually enjoyed it (surprise, surprise!). However, I made sure the egg was organic. This serves 1-2.
Dark Chocolate Protein Shake
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)
- 1 raw organic egg (opt)
- 3 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder (2 if you are using chocolate protein powder)
- 2 tablespoon stevia/Truvia (or your choice of low calorie sweetener)
- 7-10 ice cubes
Whirl everything up in your high-speed blender. Depending on how sweet you like it, you might want to add a little more or less sweetener.
This recipe has 42-52 grams of protein (depending on what brand of protein powder you are using) and around 350-400 calories (again, depending on what brand of protein powder). Serves 1-2 people.
This weekend we did some traveling with our music, so to keep up with my smoothie challenge I brought along my Vega Energizing Smoothie and my blender bottle. Nothing easier. Just shake and go! (I also added some ground flaxseed and pysillium husks to the mix)
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Are you a dark chocolate fan? Have you tried using raw eggs in a smoothie before?
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