Strawberry Almond Flax Protein Smoothie

3 Jan

Hope everyone’s week back at work is going smoothly. Mine’s been rough to say the least. Staying positive has been tough and I’m experiencing some post-holiday blues regarding the weather, the back injury issue, as well as it being crunch time at school for testing. Is is summer yet?

I wanted to share a great smoothie recipe I had the other day. Like I said in a previous post, I don’t really consider many of my shakes to be my own original recipes but this one came on a whim and I had to share! The rich taste of the almond butter really makes it unique, and the protein fills me up! I also added chia seeds and flaxseeds because I just recently bought chia seeds and have been dying to see what the fuss was about, and flaxseeds are supposed to be good for you so I threw them in for good measure, lol.

strawberrysmoothie Strawberry Almond-Flax Protein Smoothie

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use designer whey)

1/2 cup of fresh strawberries

1/2 cup of low fat or fat free cottage cheese (just trust!)

up to 1 tbsp almond butter(I put about 1/2 tbsp, but I didn’t want to add a ton of calories)

1 tsp flax seeds

1 tsp chia seeds

6-7 ice cubes

water to mix everything up

Blend until smooth! You may also, if you prefer, want to add sweetener. I find I enjoy my shakes without it.

Let me know what you think!

P.S. Bloggers- I tried overnight oats!! I don’t know…I’m not completely sold. I just tasted like Greek yogurt and some gooey oats (which was what it was). And I much prefer hot oats. I put a bit of almond butter on top with some coconut shreds and it didn’t really do much for me. What combo should I try for overnight oats that will make me a believer?!?

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5 Responses to “Strawberry Almond Flax Protein Smoothie”

  1. Lessons Life Teaches Me January 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    It took me a while to like overnight oats. I tried mixing with strawberry banana Greek yogurt and had the same feelings as you. I switched to plain Greek yogurt, milk, chia seeds, honey, and cinnamon, and I love it now. Just keep playing with the combinations.

  2. powerpeanut January 4, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    I actually prefer my overnight oats WITHOUT yogurt. I used a scoop of whey protein powder instead (I’m currently using vanilla custard…which tastes like cake batter), 2T chia seeds, a teeny bit of almond milk, 1/2 a banana, and a bit of almond butter.

    Since I don’t use yogurt I also warm mine up a bit….which I think you’ll prefer. 30 seconds gets it just a bit above room temp. Don’t go too long though b/c otherwise you start cooking it. 🙂 Good luck!

    • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes January 4, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Woahhh you just blew my mind! I def have to try that. I just thought it tasted too much like yogurt and I thought it was a waste of yogurt lol

  3. Brittany January 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    I hated overnight oats!! I tried them once over a year ago, and never went back. I put PB in mine too and it was awful. This smoothie sounds wonderful though!

    • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes January 5, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      I will give them at least one more try. But if I don’t like it the next time I’m out. I cherish breakfast too much to ‘waste’ it on something I don’t like LOL

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