Thursday, September 6, 2012

Day 19 of 28 Days of Doing - Cake Batter Protein Shake

28 Days of Doing - The Pinterest Challenge
In an attempt to DO more than PIN, I've challenged myself to 28 days of doing. I'm tackling 28 projects found on Pinterest in 28 days. You can see the entire collection of pins here.
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It's been almost a week since my last post (sounds like I'm going to confession!) but the Ruffled Christmas Tree Craft and Bandanna Quilt tripped me up good. Those projects are still not complete so I've rearranged (and re-evaluated) some of my projects. In an effort to stay on plan food-wise, I've exchanged the crock pot lasagna for today's project and the easy lemon bars for low-fat pumpkin bars. Both these recipes can be modified into something healthier where as the others could not.


Today's Pin: Cake Batter Protein Shake

The Pin's Source: Dashing Dish

Cost:
  • no impact, had everything already

Hours: 10 minutes

Modifications: I had lots and lots of modifications so here they go...
  • substituted the cottage cheese for plain greek yogurt, also, only used 1/4 cup (the protein powder makes the shake VERY thick so I didn't think I needed more then that)
  • I used no sweetener. Sometimes it just leaves an aftertaste I'm not fond of so I'd rather take my chances and hope it's sweet enough. In this case it was.
  • I used 1/2 cup of light soy milk and 1/2 cup water instead of all water. It packs even more protein in to the shake with little impact on the calories.
  • I drank my shake on the rocks instead of blending ice cubes. It's just a preference... I'm sure crushed would be good as well.
  • I mix the protein powder with the milk and water first to make sure the shake is good and smooth, then I add the rest of the ingredients.

Notable Comments: I use Whole Foods vanilla soy protein powder. To be honest, I've just recently gotten into protein shakes so my knowledge and experience is very limited. The Whole Foods soy was suggested to me by my health-nut cousin and without knowing any better, the powder is good. I've read other reviews on the web for the same powder and a lot of people hate it. Go figure.

The reason I'm expanding to protein shakes is simple, to increase my daily protein intake and to have a filling meal replacement that is low in calories. So needless to say, I'm on the prowl for some great/unique shakes. This cake batter shake does not disappoint.

Total Calories: 190
Fat: 2g
Carbs: 9g
Protein: 33g (more than half your daily intake!!!) 

Want a little more info on protein powders, here's a good article.

Cake Batter Protein Shake

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