{“On the go” Protein shake: can you guess the ingredients?}

Papa-nana protein shake

Serving Size: 4 – 8 oz glasses or 2 – 16 oz glass
Yield: 32 oz

Summary: 
I’ve recently bought protein powder and been looking into some interesting flavor combinations. Why use protein powder? It’s not only beneficial to bodybuilders or professional athletes…It’s a great way of incorporating protein into your breakfast or snacks. Especially if you are a VEGETARIAN, are very ACTIVE / exercise regularly or if you RESTRICT CALORIES. If you are “a breakfast on the go” type of person – this is a great fresh option for you instead of cereal or a bar. If you have a busy day ahead – start your day right with a protein shake that’s packed with at least 2 fruit/vegetable serving per tall glass…Did I mention all the nutrition you will be getting from it too? Besides being creamier, thicker and frosty like (when you use milk as the liquid ingredient – see below)… it’s handy and delicious…I mean just pour the ingredients and blend! No need for cutting  up fruits to make a breakfast fruit salad, or packing some greens for lunch…I mean…It doesn’t get easier than that! This recipe yields up to 4 8oz glasses or 2 big 16 oz glasses. Plus…did you notice that this looks like a chocolate shake? Well…it’s not…it’s actually packed with fruits and even some spinach!! Don’t be scared by the mixture. The spinach goes basically undetected by the taste buds however it does change the color of the shake. I now people don’t think (usually) of spinach as a breakfast food..but hey if you use them in egg dishes why not in shakes? The spinach actually helps neutralize the fruity flavors and balance the taste of the shake.

More information on protein powder types: [Intrigued? Read more here

They sell milk, whey, casein, soy, egg and rice protein. Both whey and casein are derived from milk. Soy is a plant-based alternative.

If you are looking for a meal replacement -> whey and soy are your best options. They are slow-absorbing and will keep you feeling full for a longer period of time.

If you are looking for a post-workout shake -> whey is a great option after an intense exercise routine. It is fast-absorbing and present in your body for a shorter period of time. It works by helping repair muscle damage that occurs during exercise and restore some of the nutrients lost.

[The PAPA-NANA Protein Shake]

Ingredients:
2 cups of papaya chunks
2 bananas
1 cup of strawberries
1 cup of baby spinach
2 scoops protein powder, *I used a vanilla flavored brand
6-10 ice cubes
1 cup  water or nonfat milk or nondairy milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon, plus more on top
whipped cream , *optional for garnish

Directions:
1. If using frozen fruits make sure to thaw them first, at least partially. Add the fruits, spinach, powder and liquid first. Blend at high speed. Add the ice cubes and cinnamon. Blend well.

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2. Pour into glasses. Serve with some whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon on top.

Papa-nana protein shake

 

Papa-nana protein shake

 

I am sure you could trick a kid into trying this shake…I mean can you tell it has spinach ?

 

 

… Do you have a favorite protein shake recipe? Please share below!!

 

 

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4 thoughts on “{“On the go” Protein shake: can you guess the ingredients?}

    • Well I buy it frozen. Cotco sells a brand called Campoverde which is good. That same brand also sells other tropical fruits such as mango. But like many other fruits they are seasonal….Don’t have papapya? substitute with strawberry instead !!

  1. A few facts about papaya… One Papaya has 4 times the amount of vitamin C than one orange. Papaya also contains an proteolytic enzyme called “Papain” which helps break down protein in the body much more effectively; aiding in digestion (in fact the enzyme itself is sold as a supplement for help with digestion). So instead of turning to the pill form of Papain… get it from the real source itself in this wonderful shake!

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