My daughter proclaims herself to be the Smoothie Queen. She would have one every single day if they didn't cost about $5 and pack a caloric wallop too. I have had two or three smoothies in my life, and although I liked them okay, I've never liked the idea of drinking my calories.
Anyway, I keep reading blogs of people who are making all kinds of smoothies and green monsters and I wanted to try them for myself.
Before Christmas I invested in a very small blender that does one smoothie at a time and then you drink from the container. I've been looking for recipes with no avocado and no bananas and I finally saw one that Cammy posted that sounded really good to me. She called it Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie and who doesn't like strawberry cheesecake? I usually have cottage cheese around anyway.
I've never purchased protein powder either so that was another thing to check out and invest in so I could make a good, healthy smoothie. Sunday, we went to GNC and they were having a sale on lots of things. I talked to one of the people working there and told him I preferred a protein powder without flavoring or sweetener and he suggested one of their protein powders which the label says is 100% whey protein and has 24 grams of protein per serving.
I used a half cup of cottage cheese, five strawberries, two thirds of a serving of the protein powder, some vanilla, a tablespoon of chia seeds and a cup of water. It wasn't sweet enough so I added in a half tablespoon of no sugar, instant vanilla pudding mix. It was tasty and I didn't get hungry for about four hours. Today I added more berries, but I still wanted it a tiny bit sweeter. I would like to avoid the artificial sweeteners, but I know I won't drink a smoothie that doesn't taste good and I don't want to add sugar. Decisions, decisions.