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Girl Scout Cookie Inspired Protein Shake

I wrote this post a long time ago during girl scout cookie time, and I don’t know what happened but I never posted it!

I don’t know about you, but those little girl scout cookies get me every time.  The one good thing about living in Brooklyn and not having friends with kids is that I don’t really have access to them.  When I lived in NJ you could always find a troop of girl scouts sitting out side of a drug store, or a Walmart, or Target.  This year someone at Jake’s work was selling them so he got me my favorites, Thin Mints and Samoas.  The thing is they are full of crap ingredients.  Why have the girl scouts not caught on!  They are full of Hydrogenated oils, preservatives, trans fats, artificial flavors.  Just a ton of not good for you things, I really wish they would clean up their act.

Since they are only around for a short time, I figured I would make a shake inspired by my favorites, the Samoa.  The Samoa cookie is like a coconut macaroon, with chocolate on the bottom drizzled in caramel.  For my shake, I didn’t have caramel so I went with maple agave to get that sweet almost burnt sugar taste, it worked out pretty well.

samoaingredients-rtFor this shake you need:

  • 1 scoop of Vega chocolate protein powder, or your favorite
  • 1 cup of nut milk of your choice
  • 1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp Maple Agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 ice cubes

For my shake I used my home made cashew milk that is unflavored as well as unsweetened.  I really like cashew milk for these types of shakes because cashew milk has a really nice richness that makes your healthy shake feel a bit more decadent.  Coconut milk would work great as well, but I never have any when I want it.  I used sweetened coconut shreds in my recipe, mostly because it was what I had opened at the time, and since my nut milk is not sweetened and I used raw cacao I figured the little bit of added sugar wouldn’t make much of a difference.  Plus we are trying to make it taste like a cookie!

Just throw all these ingredients in a blender, and blend till it is smooth, add some extra coconut on the top to make it fancy and you are set, drink away!

samoashake2-rtSure it might not be a total replacement for the cookie but its still pretty good and calorie wise probably not that far off from a few cookies and you get so much more!  Give it a shot and see what you think.  Plus since girl scout season seems to be over, I am sure you are out of them anyway!

 

 

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His Plate/ Her Plate #2 -Buffalo Chicken/ Buffalo Cauliflower

Today was a pretty successful dinner.  I decided on making a better version of buffalo wings.  It might not have been the healthiest of all dinners, but compared to the actual version it was pretty healthy.  Nothing was fried and my “wing” was actually cauliflower and Jake’s was bone-less skin-less chicken breast tenders.  We baked both instead of frying and even though we did batter them, it was a very light batter and I used  watered down cashew milk (home made) as the liquid.  I based my recipe of the cauliflower off a P.E.T.A recipe but I modified the batter a bit, I used a bit more water so that it didn’t coat too thick on the cauliflower, and I also added hot sauce hehe.

batter

The batter and my homemade cashew milk

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lightly battered and ready for the oven

all crispy

all crispy

Kale sautéed with garlic and olive oil

Kale sautéed with garlic and olive oil

yum

yum

cauliflower2For Jake, I didn’t really do a step by step, his wasn’t as pretty.  I mean who wants to look at raw slimy chicken?  No one.  We tried to put his chicken in my batter before we baked his and I wouldn’t totally say that it was a fail, but it wasn’t perfect either.  I think if we do this again we are just going to season the chicken with salt and pepper and bake with without the batter.

chicken1I can’t get Jake to eat kale so in order to get a green on his plate I had to make him peas, one day I will get him to appreciate his green vegetables more hehe.

Jake also asked for a dessert, which he doesn’t do too often.  I could not think of anything so I started looking up raw recipes.  That turned into just looking up “no-bake” which landed me to this recipe.  I am not good at listening to directions so I changed this a lot.  I used less rice crispies, less cherries, and added coconut shreds.  I also omitted the white chocolate and vanilla, used less chocolate, and added a bunch of peanut butter.  Does it still count as that recipe lol?

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ricecrispy2Now you might notice that that recipe made little cookie like balls, well I guess since I changed so much up mine wouldn’t stick together like that, so I went for the next best thing, a heart shaped bowl.  I pressed it in the bowl and put it in the fridge and out came a huge heart rice crispy treat!

who couldn't love that?

who couldn’t love that?

a perfect dessert to eat while we watch the Walking Dead

a perfect dessert to eat while we watch the Walking Dead

I’d say it was a pretty awesome dinner.   I am now obsessed with the cauliflower idea, and now I am going to use it for other things, like maybe have a barbecue “chicken” night!

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