It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of week 2 in our 21-Day Clean Eating Breakfast Challenge <— psst: if you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here. BUT we are rockin’ it, enjoying a tasty, new protein smoothie, chia pudding, or overnight oats recipe every morning.
This week, we had THIS Blueberry Muffin Protein Smoothie for breakfast and I’m still swooning. OMG so much yumminess in a mason jar.
I mean — see: look at what’s in it….
Lots of peeps have been asking about protein powder – what one(s) I use, how to pick it, what to look for, and what to use instead of it. If this sounds like a question you have, read on. 🙂
How To Pick A Protein Powder
Protein powders come in all shapes and sizes, flavors and types, and so on. Look for protein powders that have a very short list of ingredients and do not include any artificial sweeteners, even stevia (read more on sweeteners here). While you can always choose to leave out protein powder for protein smoothies, I recommend the following as the best clean options for a healthy lifestyle:
While you buy it protein powder in bulk, it can be a little investment if you’re not used to adding it to your grocery list. So, here’s a quick tip on how to save money on protein powder
How To Save Money On Protein Powder
Smoothies typically either call for vanilla or chocolate flavored protein powders. In order to use just one protein powder, you could…
- add 1/2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder to vanilla protein to make a chocolate flavor OR
- add 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract to an unflavored protein powder to make a vanilla flavor
Pretty sweet, eh?
BUT some people don’t really like protein powder or find it doesn’t agree with their tummies. For you guys out there, here are some yummy, healthy ingredients:
Healthy Substitutes For Protein Powder
- peanut butter
- almond butter
- cashew butter
- whole fat plain greek yogurt
- whole fat cottage cheese
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
- egg whites (pasteurized)
Hopefully, there’s an idea here that makes you and your tummy happy 🙂
Basically, peeps, if you like blueberries, blueberry muffins, sweet goodness, delicious fruity yumminess, and/or protein shakes in general, chances are you’re gonna LOVE this blueberry muffin protein shake.
It’s like a blueberry muffin got all rolled up into a delicious, high-protein breakfast shake. Nom.
Blueberry Muffin Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 banana frozen
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Blend until smooth.
If you find your shake is too thick, you can always add some more almond milk, little by little or a little bit of ice to get it thicker, if necessary.
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