“Frappuccino” Protein Smoothie

My husband and I have recently purchased an Apple Watch and joined up to “MyFitnessPal” in an attempt to get into better shape.    It has been an eye-opening experience as we have, over the past month, re-evaluated pretty much everything we have been eating and have been making adjustments for a healthier lifestyle.

I mean – I guess I knew that “grilled cheese sandwiches” were not a health-food, but I didn’t realize just how evil they were until I  entered a “recipe” into Myfitnesspal and evaluated the nutrients and calories.   Good Lord!

Even the greek yogurt smoothie I was making on a daily basis had to be cut (too many calories and sugar).  Our love of comfort food has taken a back-seat to better choices.

So far it has been working.   He has lost about 8 lbs., and I have lost the same.   We have been adding some exercise to the mix, but honestly, not too much.   It seems like we are eating MORE now rather than less — but the “more” is comprised of healthier choices.

I have replaced my daily greek yogurt smoothie with a protein shake.  I didn’t care for it very much by just putting it into the shaker cup, so I froze some espresso ice cubes and utilized my Vitamix to turn it into a Frap.  Honestly, it’s pretty darn good.  I look forward to it twice a day actually.  It helps me meet my protein goals and I typically replace my lunch with it.  It fills me up and gives me energy and tastes like a good frap.

I tried it with a different protein powder (Vega – Protein & greens / vanilla) but it wasn’t as good.   The Vega powder is too “thirsty” or something – it soaks up all the almond milk and is hard to drink through a straw.   The Orgain powder makes a nice thick and creamy smoothie that will pull up through a straw easily.

On Sundays, I make up about 4 batches of Espresso (with my Mr. Coffee espresso machine) and freeze them in ice cube trays.  Then on Mondays, I just pop them out and put them into a bag in my freezer.  They last all week.

Frappuccino Protein Smoothie

Here is the recipe:

“Frappuccino” Protein Smoothie

Into a blender (Vitamix or otherwise) combine:

  • 8 oz Silk Almond Milk
  • 4 or 5 Frozen Espresso Ice Cubes
  • 2 rounded scoops of Orgain Creamy Chocolate Fudge Protein Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Rodelle Dutch Processed Cocoa
  • 8-10 plain ice cubes

Blend until smooth and slushy.

According to the Nutrition facts on MyFitnessPal:

Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 185 
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7 g 10 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 1 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 357 mg 15 %
Potassium 358 mg 10 %
Total Carbohydrate 13 g 4 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g 25 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 22 g 44 %
Vitamin A  10 %
Vitamin C  0 %
Calcium  54 %
Iron  19 %