This might seem a little cheesy, or a cop out on a recipe post – I mean, how easy are smoothies? Anyone can throw them together, right?
Well, yes, but they really are versatile and you can’t just use any old protein powder.
Think about it, there’s a whole industry out of marketing smoothies as meal replacements. They can be made to satisfy a sweet tooth, or a craving. They are great for pre-workout or post-workout. They can be made to ensure you are getting enough protein/veggies/fats whatever it is you are wanting.
My favorite use for them is to ensure I get my 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking—and with IsoPure Aminos I can easily add 5 to 10 grams of amino acids to help me with whatever I need (either muscle repair after doing a one set to failure workout or to help with easing cravings throughout the day)
And for me, they help me trick my kids into replacing starchy carbs with lower carb foods.
Here is my basic “smoothie” recipe – and then some variations I like to use to change it up. Ideally, you’ll need a blender or at least a food processor to really get these mixed up.
- 1/2 Cup crushed ice
- 1/2 Cup Almond milk or Coconut milk (I prefer Silk brand PureAlmond vanilla)
- 2 tbsp nut butter (I use natural peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower)
Put crushed ice in blender and continue to crush until you have a slush consistency, add in almond/coconut milk and blend. Add nut butters to this mix and blend. At this time you have a basic smoothie.
Now, to kick up the protein—and to ensure I get my (at least) 30 grams of protein in the first 30 minutes of waking, I use a high quality whey protein isolate that tastes great and blends well—by far my favorite is the IsoPure zero carb protein powders.
The great thing about IsoPure is it is better of blended with water—which makes it the best whey protein powder for anyone on a low carb/keto style diet.
Here are a couple of my favorite protein shake recipes:
- 2 scoop of IsoPure Chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 cup of Almond Chocolate Milk
- Creamy mint:
- 2 scoops of IsoPure Vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 avocado
- a few leaves of mint
- 1 scoop of IsoPure Chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 – 1 cup of leftover or chilled coffee (black)
These two are my kids favorite ones—they actually ask for them. I tricked them into trying them the first time by calling them “Power Shakes”—and I wasn’t lying, they are great start your day protein power shakes:
- Fruity Power Shake
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh berries (we use frozen mixed berries)
- 1 scoop of IsoPure Aminos Cranberry Grape flavor
- 1 scoop of IsoPure Vanilla protein powder
- 8 oz of cold water or favorite milk
- Peanut Butter Jelly time Power Shake
I must admit, the Peanut Butter Jelly time shake came as a result of me missing my all time favorite sandwich—I had to come up with a way to get something satisfying enough and low carb—I hit a home run with that one!
This is just a handful of ideas. The great thing with the IsoPure brand is the whey protein powders are zero carb, and they actually taste great. They mix well and you can easily add flavor to them with a few simple ingredients, plus they are ideal for anyone doing slow carb, low carb, or a keto diet.
this post was sponsored by IsoPure—they provided product to try out and create recipes with—but the opinions are all mine