Oatmeal Cookie Shake, Green Pina Colada and a Whole Foods Giveaway!

As the temperatures continue to climb here in Texas, I find myself looking for cool, refreshing meals and snacks in place of warm ones. We previously talked about how much sugar can be in store bought smoothies. Homemade smoothies are usually a healthier and cheaper way to get your daily dose of nutrients. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what to put in your smoothies, but I usually try to make sure my smoothies are balanced with protein, carbohydrate and fiber to keep me feeling full and satisfied.

We were recently given the opportunity to try out a few of Whole Foods protein powders as part of their annual supplement sale. Whole Foods is having their annual supplement sale this weekend, August 14-16, and all supplements in the Whole Body department are 25% off! This sale includes protein powders as well! Go check it out!

First up was the Plant-based Fit Protein in Vanilla Cinnamon flavor. I have always stuck to vanilla or chocolate protein powders in the past, so vanilla cinnamon really peaked my interest!

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This plant based protein is a blend of pea protein, cranberry protein and hemp seed protein. I love that it is sweetened with natural extracts and stevia, none of the weird, crazy words you can’t pronounce on the ingredients label. The nutritional stats aren’t too shabby either! One scoop packs 17 grams of protein and 110 calories. An added bonus is the addition of antioxidant rich green tea leaf extract, green coffee bean extract and cinnamon powder.

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For my smoothie I knew I wanted to create something to enhance the cinnamon flavor. Oatmeal spice cookie came to mind, and I got to work in the kitchen. The end result was a smooth, sweet, nutrient packed protein shake that would be great as a meal replacement, afternoon snack or even an after dinner dessert! For an extra protein boost I used Whole Foods 365 low fat cottage cheese. I know, I know…cottage cheese in a smoothie? Yuck! Well once its blended up, you would never know it was in there! It also gives it a creamy, thick texture! Even my husband, who loathes cottage cheese, couldn’t tell…until I told him after he had slurped it down! The vanilla cinnamon protein powder provided a subtle vanilla taste with a hint of cinnamon and did not have a gritty, protein powder aftertaste. I will definitely be adding this protein powder to my pantry!

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For my next smoothie, I used Whole Foods 365 Organic Pea Protein. I have recommended pea protein to my patients as a non dairy, plant based alternative protein powder, though I had never tried it myself.

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This protein is sourced from peas, and provides 80 calories and 15 grams of protein in two scoops (the scoops are smaller than most protein powders, so two scoops is really more like one). This powder is unsweetened and unflavored, making it the perfect addition to any type of smoothie as it will take on the flavor of what you prepare it with.

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I knew I wanted to create a fruit based, summer treat. This summer heat has me dreaming of digging my toes in the sand, sipping on a yummy frozen Pina colada! Using fresh organic mango and organic pineapple from Whole Foods, along with unsweetened coconut milk, organic banana and a large handful of organic spinach, I created the perfect protein-packed green pina colada!

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I was a little leary of using an unflavored protein powder at first, though I could not be more pleased with the result. Again, there was no gritty, protein powder aftertaste with the pea protein. It blended smooth and could also be used in baked goods. Im thinking high protein muffins might be next on my list!

Check out the recipes below!

Oatmeal Cookie Shake / Green Pina Colada
 
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Nutrition Information: Oatmeal Cookie Shake: 350 calories, 27 g pro, 41 g CHO, 10 g fat, 16 g sugar Green Pina Colada: 330 calories, 18 g pro, 55 g CHO, 7 g fat, 35 g sugar *all natural*
Recipe type: smoothie, breakfast, lunch, snack
Ingredients
  • For the Oatmeal Cookie Shake: makes 2 servings
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop Plant Based Fit Protein in Cinnamon Vanilla flavor
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 2 packets of Truvia
  • Optional Toppings: mini chocolate chips, cinnamon, oatmeal
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  • For the Green Pina Colada Shake: makes 1 serving
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup chopped fresh mango
  • ½ cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk- may use more depending on desired consistency
  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • 2 scoops 365 Organic Unflavored Pea Protein
  • 1 packet Truvia- may use more or less depending on desired sweetness
  • Topping optional: shredded unsweetened coconut, pineapple
Instructions
  1. For both shakes, place all ingredients in a blender and blend.

In addition, Whole Foods was generous enough to provide a $25 gift card for one lucky reader! Enter below for your chance to win! Winner will be chosen Monday morning!

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**Whole Foods provided the protein powders and ingredients for the smoothies, but as always all opinions are our own**

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