Saturday, January 26, 2013

My Heaven= Protein Shakes


If you follow me on Instagram (morganberg14) you would have seen my brief post about how OBSESSED I am with my protein shakes. My new “creation” has gotten me even more excited about them, so I figured I’d share my secret. (Isn’t my life insanely exciting? Haha)
pure bliss
As you know, I totally love Muscle Milk. I was so afraid to try it at first (about a year ago) because I didn’t want to “bulk up.” Last year, I only knew guys that drank Muscle Milk, but boyyy has that changed this year! All of my pageant friends drink Muscle Milk, hence how I was persuaded into trying it. Let me tell you: this was life changing. My tastebuds have never been happier. After a year of enjoying it after workouts, I am clearly not “bulky” and still have tons of toning to do! Therefore, do not be afraid as I was!
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Typically, I toss around 3/4c. water, 5 ice cubes, and 1 scoop of Muscle Milk into the blender. It isn’t chalky at all, and was my version of “dessert” every day. It honestly tastes like a milkshake! I order mine from GNC.com for around $28 per jug- with 35 scoops in each jug, I'd say this is a great deal (cheaper than a daily Chobani or protein bar!)

But now…. It tastes even more heavenly. My friend Steph suggested tossing in a half frozen banana into it. I thought this sounded weird at first, but it is so delicious! It makes it creamy, and Dairy-Queen-Milkshake-style. Usually, I put the first half of my “daily-banana” into my unsweetened oatmeal for breakfast, and the other half goes sliced-up into the freezer for my post-workout protein shake!
thick, milkshake, protein, heaven
 You can definitely switch up these ingredients (I experiment every day) but this will surely satisfy your tastebuds... and sweet tooth!

2/3c. Unsweetened Almond Milk 
1/2 Frozen Banana
1 serving Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
1 scoop Muscle Milk
1 T. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 Ice Cubes
I added in the cocoa powder because I have been craving chocolate and love a banana-chocolate combo. Plus, it only adds 10 calories and 0 grams of sugar. HECK YES. Throw it all in the blender with the ice cubes and frozen banana on the bottom, and add more or less almond milk as needed (depending how thick you like it). If it isn’t sweet enough for you, try adding ½ t. Truvia for an actual sweetener with no calories (NO SPLENDA). This has been the only way I’ve found I can tolerate the plain non-fat greek yogurt. Mixing it with the banana and Muscle Milk definitely covered up the taste of the bitter plain greek yogurt… yet it added 17g of PROTEIN! Yay!
I have been using the graham cracker muscle milk, but you truly can use any flavor! You could add some all-natural peanut butter, cinnamon, or try it without the cocoa powder. Mix it up! Today I didn’t have any greek yogurt, so I just did the Muscle Milk, Almond Milk, Banana, and Ice Cubes. It worked fine without yogurt!
 340 calories, 8g fat, 33g carbs, 16g sugar, 36g protein

Have fun, and get ready to enter Heaven on Earth!
Morgan

6 comments:

  1. Hi!
    Girls are always afraid of "bulking up" but in tuth, they don't have the hormones to do it naturally! Unless they take steroids or spend YEARS lifting high weights, they will maintain a feminine figure. Muscle milk is great.

    You can add lots of goodies to your shake. Flax seeds, chia seeds, Nutella, spinach (don't taste it, but get the benefits), any fruit (pop it in the freezer overnight), cinnamon, honey, instant coffee powder (I add that to my oatmeal too), orange juice (or any 100% juice), applesauce, yogurt. Sometimes I even add stuff like raisins, cranberries, or a scoop of Special K cereal.

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    1. If you work HARD for your money (and I know you do) you don’t like to see it wasted, right?

      There’s no shortage of ways to waste your money that I am sure you are already aware of but the ONE area most people don’t realize they are wasting their money is in the food they eat.

      That’s right.

      Are you 100% certain that your body is making the most of all the food and more importantly protein you consume each day?

      Wouldn’t you want to have confirmation on this?

      There are many indicators that your body will use to tell you if the foods you are eating is being wasted or not.

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      ? Make sure you are ABSORBING the foods you eat, ok?

      Protein isn’t cheap whether it’s coming from food or shakes.

      But, did you know that every day you don’t consume a very specific type of enzyme, you are actually wasting money on the protein you’re buying from food and shakes?

      No protein means no growth PERIOD

      ? How to ABSORB all your protein and stop wasting money

      Even if you are doing everything right…

      Eating clean? CHECK!

      Eating organic? CHECK!

      5-6 meals a day? DOUBLE CHECK!

      Protein shakes, vitamins and supplement minerals? CHECK MATE!

      But one of the harsh realities I’ve learned from peak performance expert Wade Lightheart is this:

      Most of the protein individuals consume ends up in one of two places.

      One is your toilet bowl.

      And the second place is in a nice layer of sludge somewhere in your digestive tract.

      So in theory, it’s a nice idea to think that if you are following the “Golden Rules” that have been laid out for you, you are on the right track.

      BUT if you can’t properly utilize those foods, all that effort adds up to one GIANT-SIZED WASTE OF MONEY AND EFFORT.

      So what’s happening and why isn’t this being talked about so much?

      The industry is SLOWLY starting to realize this harsh truth but they are still WAY behind and struggling to catch up.

      Fact is, our bodies require ENZYMES to perform at their best.

      Enzymes are responsible for everything from “thinking to blinking” which also includes energy production, cell repair and recovery and even immune boosting advantages.

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      This is due to many contributing factors including HOW our foods are grown or produced these days, HOW they are transported and HOW we prepare those foods.

      And research demonstrates that ANY FOOD HEATED ABOVE 114 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT LOSES ALL OF ITS ENZYMES.

      In other words, all cooked food is deficient in digestive enzymes, leaving very little to break down your food.

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  2. They say protein powder is by far the most affordable by-the-gram protein source you are going to find. And it sure beats eating tuna from the can every week! I want to save money. I will certainly try this.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Morgan! I saw Hershey’s and I was sold. Chocolate has always been a woman’s weakness, but I love that this one’s a healthy alternative. The best part is that the nutritional breakdown fits right into my diet. I’m definitely trying this!

    Erlinda Lilly

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