I’ve always been a fan of daily smoothies (particularly as my after workout snack) but gave them up during pregnancy since I’m not a fan of the insane amount of chemicals and crap found in conventional protein powders (have you looked? EEK!) I even tried switching to straight Greek yogurt for my smoothie protein base instead, but it’s just too sour tasting for me and I can’t add sweetner since I have Gestational Diabetes.
While doing our weekly Costco run the other day, my husband and I came across this Orgain Protein (plant based protein powder sweetened with Stevia!!) in Creamy Chocolate Fudge! I think I literally screamed, “HONEY LOOK!” when I saw it because we were both prior fans of Orgain’s ready to go meal replacement drinks. LOL. Needless to say we bought it after skimming the list of good-for-you, plant based, organic ingredients and quickly looking on Google at the endless positive reviews. I am SO glad we did! I’ve tried the powder now in a variation of different recipes (even just plain old water mixed with the powder) and was amazed at how delicious it was.
Below is my absolute FAVORITE creation I’ve made with it thus far…it’s so good, I had to share! This doesn’t even taste like it’s good for you! Yet it is. Totally and completely – a nutritious power drink. This particular recipe tastes like a chocolate, banana, raspberry milkshake – only it’s not! You can actually feel good about drinking it. At 300 calories, 31 grams of carbs, and 26 grams of protein for the recipe you can either use this to refuel your body after a workout, as a meal replacement or just when you’re craving something naughty but don’t actually want to give in!
I put the following in my Vitamix blender: 7 ice cubes, 2 cups of kale, 1 scoop of Orgain Protein powder in Creamy Chocolate Fudge, 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, 1 cup of frozen organic berries, two slices of frozen Dole Banana Dippers (half of a 100 calorie pack of them basically – they are just banana slices covered in 67% cocoa and nothing more. Find them in the freezer section next to frozen berries), and a little water…maybe half a cup. Blend all together and pour in a frosted cup. HEAVEN!!!!!!
It’s $30 at Costco. The container says it serves 20 but that’s if you’re using the two scoops with water. My recipe above pairs it with a little Greek yogurt, so for me it serves 40!!!!