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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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Maple Walnut Shake

In my quest to make different flavored protein shakes I stumbled upon maple flavored agave and figured I would try it out.  I had also been experimenting since my Soak Your Nuts post on how I can dehydrate my nuts and things without a dehydrator.  I was correct about my oven it roasted the almonds I put in there even on the warm setting.  But then it came to me.  I have a gas stove and the oven is always a little warm because the pilot light is always on.  So I soaked some raw walnuts laid them out on a baking sheet and went to work, when I came home they were almost dry and a few more hours later they were perfect!

So now I had a bunch of walnuts to use, so I decided to make a maple walnut shake which turned out really good.  I suppose you could use regular maple syrup if you wish but I never really have any on hand and I like using agave syrup anyway.  So here is what you need

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I of course made this in my single serve cup with my Ninja Pulse Blender.I have found when using this blender I usually start with half the liquid then put the powder and all the other ingredients in, then top it off with the other half of the liquid works best.  When I would just start with the protein powder a bunch of it would get stuck to the top and then I would be left with little lumps.  You can of course adjust these amounts of these ingredients to your taste or to what you have in your house but this is just how I liked it.

maplewalnutshake

So let me know what you think of this one!  And don’t forget to soak the walnuts if you are using them raw!

ps, I had a hard time getting these photos right as you can tell, so many bland colors lol, but it gets the point across so forgive me, there is a definite learning curve going from being a film photographer to a hairstylist and then switching to a fancy digital slr lol.

 

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My New Obsession with my Blender

Since I started this whole weight loss thing my breakfast everyday has been a packet of oatmeal before I head to the gym.  Then summer happened and oatmeal just does not sound as good as it did in February.  It is just way too hot for oatmeal, its really way too hot for almost anything.  [ I HATE summer!!]

Recently I got a new blender, I had posted on facebook asking for recommendations and it was pretty much split between the Vitamix (which yeah I know its amazing, but expensive) and the Ninja.  Being that there is almost a $300 difference in price between the two and I really didn’t think that i was going to use it that often I went with the Ninja Pulse.

Ninja Pulse

It works pretty similar to the Magic Bullet you press it down to make it work, but this one has so many more attachments and even has a big pitcher so it has way more options.  It is listed on the Ninja Pulse website that it retails for $169 but I bought mine on Amazon for only $99 (it was even prime! so I got it with free two day shipping!).  I would link the deal but it seems to be gone.  My package also came with 4 of the single serve cups and lids instead of 2 like the photo, a lid with holes in it I guess for grated parmesean and stuff, and a really nicely put together recipe book.

Now that I have this, every morning I make a smoothie with a Vega One nutritional shake powder.  I have all three flavors, chocolate, vanilla chai, and berry but I haven’t tried the berry yet, berry flavored stuff kinda scares me a little.

yum!

If you haven’t read earlier entries in my blog Vega is a cool company.  All their products are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.  Which is good for me, my body could never handle whey protein it always made me sick, and most soy protein powders were chalky and tasted horrible, plus I am trying to avoid soy anyway.

The Vega One is not a straight protein shake that you would drink after the gym, they make a version called Vega Sport Protein that has more protein for that.  But the Vega One is packed with vitamins and minerals to give you energy, help your metabolism, supports your immune system, and even has probiotics in it to help your intestinal flora.  It has 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, 1.5 grams of Omega-3, has as many antioxidants as 2.7 cups of blueberries, and contains enough greens to be equivilent to 3 servings of vegetables, so all in all its a pretty good thing.  It is also lightly sweetened with stevia instead of sugar, so it is lower in calories and has a low glycemic index.

For me it is a little too lightly sweetened, I have a bit of a sweet tooth so if I am just mixing it by itself I add unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze and just a teeny bit of agave nectar.  If I make it in my blender I go all out and add fresh ground peanut butter, or frozen fruit depending on the flavor.

Chocolate Vega One with frozen cherries, unsweeted Almond Breeze and some ice

Vanilla Chai Vega One with frozen blueberries and peaches

I actually think in general I like having the shake for breakfast better than oatmeal, it keeps me fuller longer, and having the probiotics in it are good for me since I can’t even get down a spoonful of yogurt without gagging lol.  So this might even stay my breakfast of choice even in the winter hehe.

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