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Smoothie moves (with recipes!)

I've been on a smoothie bender this week. The scale was absolutely stuck and I was in need of a change.

I had tried a sample of Beachbody's Shakeology smoothie mix and was frankly blown away by how good it was. It's a good deal more expensive than other protein powders but it's totally worth it. There are so many nutritional supplements in the blend that it replaces all the other niche supplements I've been buying. And if I have two Shakeologys I don't have to buy my beloved Adora dark chocolate calcium supplements (even though I truly love them).

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Another protein powder I've been grooving on is Click Espresso protein powder. It's whey protein mixed with a double shot of espresso and comes in Mocha and Vanilla Latte flavors. I had gotten a sample in my goodie bag at Fitbloggin and have been in love ever since. 

Click is great if you're a fan of Frappuccinos. All you need is two scoops of Click, some water and ice and you've got a Fake-a-ccino for only 120 calories.

Since there are 15 grams of protein in both Click and Shakeology, I don't need to add any more to the mix, so I find that Almond Breeze is a great "milk" to add since it adds just a smidge of calories and more body than water. The original is only 60 calories a cup and the unsweetened vanilla is a teeny 40 calories a cup.

You wouldn't believe the amount of protein powder in my pantry -- it looks like I'm running a smoothie bar out of my kitchen. Wait, I'll show you...

Smoothie_shelf

Crazy! I know!

I'm always looking for the perfect protein powder. One that's sweetened naturally but not too much, with high-quality protein, preferably whey (I'm trying to eliminate most soy from my diet as I've been hypothyroid for 20-something years).

So for the past three days I've been doing a Shakeology "Cleanse" -- not the official one because I just found that after I finished. Basically I drank a smoothie for breakfast, lunch and mid-afternoon snack with a balanced dinner.

And in those three days I knocked off almost 4 pounds. And not for one second was I bored because I make the best smoothies ever. Plus I'm a chocolate fiend.

For the most part I do my smoothie making with a Magic Bullet (Mick and Mimi's favorite!). I have tried countless blenders over the years and nothing processes a smoothie better than a Bullet. I've also make them with my Ninja food processor, which is great for when you want to add a whole lot of ice and make something thicker and icier. The Ninja (use the small container) destroys the ice and whips a lot of air into the mixture. I stick with the Magic Bullet because you can make and drink the smooothie in the same container.

So to celebrate my removal of 4 pounds, here are some of the smoothies I concocted. Feel free to use your favorite protein powder. 

Almond Joy Smoothie

Sometimes you feel like a smoothie, sometimes you don't (I always do).

1 serving chocolate protein powder (100-ish calories)

1 cup original Almond Breeze (60)

1 tablespoon almond butter (90)

1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (0)

Ice and water

Blend and enjoy.

Choco-Cinna-Monkey Smoothie

Chocolate, cinnamon and banana is an awesome combo, plus the cinnamon is a great antioxidant and keeps blood sugar stable.

1 serving chocolate protein powder (~100)

1 cup original Almond Breeze (60)

1/2 frozen banana (60ish)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (0)

Ice and water

Blend and groove on.

Fake-a-cchino

Better than that coffee place.

1 scoop Click Mocha espresso protein powder (60)

1 scoop Click Vanilla Latte espresso protein powder (60)

Ice and water

Blend and caffienate.

Terry's Chocolate Orange

I call it that in honor of that goofy Christmas candy and because it's my husband's name)

1 serving chocolate protein powder (~100)

1/2 cup orange juice with extra pulp (55)

Ice and water

Blend and pretend.

Berry Berry Chocolatey Smoothie

1 serving chocolate protein powder (~100)

1/2 cup acai juice (I love the one from One Natural Experience, or O.N.E.) (58)

Ice and water

Blend and antioxidate.

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