Shamrock (Protein) Shake

(Repost from last year because this recipe is that good)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Do we shorten it to St. Patty’s or St. Paddy’s? I don’t know which so I’ll stick to the full name of this completely invented holiday.
Around this time of year, McDonald’s sells its famous Shamrock Shake. Now, Shamrock Shakes are pretty good! Especially since they’re only available for a short time – it kind of adds to the mystique. But honestly, if I want a shake, I’m going to In-n-Out. And I’ll ask them to leave me a little bit of room at the top of my vanilla shake so I can put a little bit of root beer in it.

But I digress! The Shamrock Shake has cult status in the US (international friends, let me know if you’ve got these in your countries, too). But let’s not waste calories on a mediocre treat, let’s make it a delicious post-workout drink!

Shamrock Protein ShakeHere’s how I made it:

  • I blended two handfuls (handsful?) of spinach in some water with the Nutribullet
  • I added half a cup of cottage cheese and blended again
  • Then I blended in a packet of Vanilla Shakeology and a tablespoon of stevia
  • Finally, I added two teeny tiny drops of peppermint extract, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and some more water, then – you guessed it – blended that too

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The spinach makes it green without using food coloring. From Previous Experience, I know that you’ve got to be careful with the peppermint extract because it’s powerful stuff! I added in vanilla extract and stevia to make it even sweeter.
I suppose you could use a vanilla whey protein for this shake, but I sell Shakeology so there you go.

Shamrock Protein shake nutrition

this is much healthier than green beer

Do you have any plans for St. Patrick’s Day? Is it St. Paddy’s or St. Patty’s?


Thirsty Thursday – P&J Protein Shake

You may or may not know that I love peanut butter. So when MyProtein asked me to try Impact Whey Protein in the Vanilla Raspberry flavor, of course I accepted and started planning how to use it!
The Vanilla Raspberry flavor is tasty on its own and mixes really well with water. It doesn’t need any additional ingredients to make it palatable, but I haven’t done a protein shake recipe for a while so I experimented!
I added a spoonful of PB2, a couple of handfuls of spinach, and a scoop of the protein powder. SO.GOOD. It was like a sweet PB&J. I really do rely on protein shakes to satisfy my sweet tooth and this is pretty much perfect for that.
PB&J Protein Shake, Impact Whey Protein in Vanilla Raspberry

MyProtein is a pretty big brand in Europe and is now breaking into the US market. Impact Whey Protein is little bit lower in protein than other powders I use (19 grams v. 25 grams), but it’s lower calories, too (97 v. 150). If I added another half scoop, it would have much more protein than my other whey powders but for the same amount of calories. And did I mention how tasty this is? This protein powder comes in twenty flavors! Sticky Toffee Pudding sounds delicious. Thank you MyProtein for bringing this into my world!

What kind of jam do you like on your PB&J? I’ve always liked raspberry best.



PiYo workout, Chalene Johnson, new Beachbody workout


Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

A few weeks ago, I bought two 3.3-pound tubs of Cinnamon Graham Cracker whey protein from Groupon, thinking they’d be perfect for pumpkin pie protein shakes. And I was right!

Here’s what I put in it:

  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 scoop of Optimum Nutrition Cinnamon Graham Cracker Gold Standard Whey Protein
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Truvia
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla pudding powder

I blended these all up in my NutriBullet. I love the NutriBullet – it pulverizes all these ingredients into a smooth drinkable shake.


This time of year, I’m all about the pumpkin. Pumpkin ravioli, pumkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin. And this protein shake tasted like pumpkin pie! But without having to bake or brave the crowds at CostCo. And without a mack ton of calories and sugar too.
This protein shake makes Chest, Shoulders & Triceps workout (aka The Most Humbling of all P90X Workouts) totally worth doing at 5am.


Shakeology – YUM

So as a new Beachbody coach, I took full advantage of the discount and immediately set myself up with Shakeology monthly order – I do love my protein shakes. Today’s shake was chocolate Shakeology, half a cup of frozen blueberries, and two handfuls (handsfuls?) of spinach. The chocolate flavor of the Shakeology is really strong, so if you’re a choco-holic like me, you’ll love it. The spinach is thrown in because I try to get in 7-9 servings of veggies everyday, and BOOM! There’s two servings right there. The blueberries are cuz I like them. And they’re frozen so they make the shake thick, cold, and tasteriffic.

This shake works out to 210 calories, 2.7 g fat, 9.3 g fiber, 27.7 g carbs, 19 g protein, and a whole heck of a lot of other good stuff.

Have you tried Shakeology? If not, there’s a new sampler pack available here.



Blueberry Cheesecake protein shake

I think today’s creation was the best one I’ve made yet

  • one scoop CrioSport 100% Whey (Vanilla)
  • one tablespoon Jell-O Fat-Free and Sugar-Free Cheesecake Pudding Mix
  • one table spoon Truvia
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries

blueberry cheesecake protein shake232 calories, 33.1g protein, 15.5g carbs, 2.5g fat.

Now, a rant. I said I would not re-purchase the Magic Bullet, but this Hamilton Beach single-serving blender thingie isn’t up for the task of protein shakes. I had to pulse each ingredient separately, and since it doesn’t have a screw-top, it’s prone to spilling over the top when it’s blending away. And it’s not really supposed to be used to blend – I’ve got to hit the pulse button again and again and again…it’s pretty powerful but not too terribly convenient. I am thinking about the Nutri-Bullet next.