Thursday, March 15, 2012

Recipe: Protein Shamrock Shake

180 calories, 5 grams fat, 8 grams carbohydrates, 30 grams protein
Tempted to order McDonald’s seasonal Shamrock Shake? Try whipping up this guilt-free version at home. This icy beverage blends low-fat cottage cheese with protein powder, and every sip is infused with a hint of cool minty flavor. Plus, you can’t beat the pretty green hue for the perfect St. Paddy’s Day delight!
1/2c. low-fat cottage cheese (or vanilla yogurt)
1 scoop vanilla or plain protein powder
1/8 tsp. mint extract (or to taste)
2-3 packets stevia or sweetener of choice (or to taste)
5-10 ice cubes (more or less depending on how thick you like it)
4-6 oz. water (alter according to desired thickness)
A few drops of green food coloring, or a handful of spinach to make it green
1-2 tbsp. Sugar-Free Instant Pistachio Pudding Mix (optional)

Put all the base ingredients in the blender, and blend away until desired consistency! Swirl in one drop of red food coloring just before serving, and top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane if desired!
Makes 1 serving.

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