Here’s One of My Favorite High Protein Recipes

by on August 24, 2010

On the days that I am not fasting, I still try and eat fairly well. This is a switch from just a few months ago. I think losing fat and starting to see some real results has inspired me to eat better all the time. I usually don’t eat after dinner, but when I do, I try and keep it pretty healthy without any empty calories. A few years ago, we bought one of those Vitamix blenders Heres One of My Favorite High Protein Recipes at the home show in Pittsburgh. Me and my wife are suckers for whatever new gadgets come out and usually buy something that is a waste of money. Whatever it is, it never works like the one that they showed during the demonstration.

The Vitamix was a definite surprise though and works great. In fact, I think that if we tried to, it would grind up a bowling ball! We have been using it almost everyday for either making smoothies, frozen margaritas, homemade ice cream, soups, etc. It is amazing what you can make in this thing.

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One of the advantages to having a blender like this is the great smoothies that you can make with it. It allows you to put an incredible amount of fruits and vegetables inside, turn the sucker on for a few seconds, and out comes juice. If you add a bunch of ice, you can have a great tasting smoothie or even ice cream. I am definitely eating way more fruit and vegetables than I used to because of the drinks that we make. It would take all day to eat all of the carrots, red cabbage, tomatoes, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, etc that gets thrown in to this thing.

If you get creative you can put enough fruit in to it to cover up the taste of some of the vegetables and come out with a great tasting smoothie that is very healthy for you. I am kind of like a mad scientist with it and just throw a bunch of shit in to it and see what it tastes like. Some end up okay and some get thrown in to the garbage disposal!

My Favorite High Protein Recipe

Through my experiments, I came up with one of my favorite high protein recipes that I will give you below. It is high in protein, tastes great, and doesn’t have too many carbs. It does contain milk and peanut butter though, so if you have allergies or don’t like to drink milk, you will have to make some substitutions. Personally, I never had any issues with milk or peanut butter, so this one works great for me as a snack or even as a replacement breakfast or lunch.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 cup of 2% milk
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • ice
  • 1 scoop of protein mix (unflavored, vanilla, or even chocolate tastes great)

The amount of ice depends on whether you want it to be like a milkshake or if you just want it to be cold. You can even use a bunch of ice and make it kind of like an ice cream if you want.

I usually make it like a milkshake and either drink it right away or pack it with my lunch for later in the day. Either way, it stays cold and takes great as long as you shake it before drinking, if it has set a while.

This high protein smoothie will have somewhere around 550 calories, 40 grams of protein, 52 grams of carbs, and 24 grams of fat. If you don’t want to take in that much protein at a time, you can either split it and drink half at one snack and have the next or you can delete the protein powder and still end up with around 16 grams of protein. Of course the peanut butter gives it most of the fat, but as long as your carbs aren’t too high, don’t be afraid to take in some fat. The carbs come mostly from the banana and can also be adjusted if you are afraid to eat them. In my experience, carbs from fruits aren’t too bad as long as you aren’t pounding the breads, pastas, rices, and potatoes.

I think the banana and peanut butter make it taste great and I wouldn’t change a thing. Of course if you are trying to keep your calories really low and eat very low carbs, this may not be the best high protein snack for you. Give it a try and let me know what you think. By the way my wife hates it, so if you don’t like it, you won’t hurt my feelings!

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Here is a link to some other Vitamix recipes, there are a ton that you can try.

http://www.vitamix.com/recipes/

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11 comments on “Here’s One of My Favorite High Protein Recipes

  1. Dave - Not Your Average Fitness Tips on said:

    Kelly,
    Great high protein recipe for a smoothie. I personally just gobble my food down without blending it, but the ingredients for your smoothie certainly make it tempting for me to change things up. I must be on the same “fasting track” as you since I’ve been eating a lot healthier since leaning out from intermittent fasting as well.
    Dave

  2. Raymond-ZenMyFitness on said:

    Hey love the reciepe with peanut butter I haven’t tried it but the combination sounds unreal.
    Alas I have given up on shakes and smootie a while ago cause I would have a lot of them and the calories would add up ( and not having the fibre to fill me up) I would drink heaps which didn’t help me.
    But if I could control the urge not to drink lots I’d certainly have this one
    Raymond
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  3. Dave,
    Yeah, fasting really gets you lean and then you get the momentum going and want to look even better. I use the smoothies as a crutch in case I am running short on time packing my lunch, I will make something real quick.

    Raymond,
    I agree that they don’t fill you up. You can drink down 500 calories real quick and still be hungry! I like them as a way to get more fruits and vegetables in my diet without having to eat so much at one sitting. You do have to watch though, because the calories will add up fast, especially if you start adding in peanut butter like me!
    -Kelly

  4. Alykhan - Fitness Breakout on said:

    Kelly,

    I have a protein shake almost every weekday as a meal replacement. This is a great way to get plenty of protein and other nutrients while keeping calories low. My recipe is one banana, a handful of frozen raspberries, 3 tbsp of peach yogurt, one tsp flaxseed, one scoop vanilla whey protein powder, and one cup vanilla almond milk. Blend away and enjoy! (I use a hand blender so clean up is easy).

    Alykhan
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  5. Alykhan,
    That sounds very good! The vanilla almond milk is a great alternative, especially if your body has issues with dairy products. Is that why you use it?
    -Kelly

  6. Alejandro "The Fittest Vegan" on said:

    I have a shake almost every single morning. I add a couple of handfuls of spinach or even kale. I find that the taste of the bananas is strong enough to hide the greens while still getting all the nutritional power.

    I’ve never tried a shake with peanut butter but it makes sense, great suggestion.
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  7. Srdjan P - Bloom to Fit on said:

    “I usually don’t eat after dinner, but when I do, I try and keep it pretty healthy without any empty calories.” You mean workout? :)

    After a workout I love to make myself a smoothie. Protein scoop, flax seeds, blueberries/bananas, honey…tastes amazing!
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  8. ake from JRated Diet Pills on said:

    Your high protein recipe looks really good. I will definitely try your favourite protein recipe, because it seems delicious and good!
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  9. Bloom to Fit on said:

    I tried this simple smoothy/shake you recommended and it’s pretty solid. I might add some blueberries to it next time!

  10. ave from Dbovie on said:

    That protein shake sounds so much better than just milk and powder. Bananas and peanut butter! I wonder why I haven’t thought of that before.

  11. amuelgray from shigh protein low carb foods on said:

    The same high protein recipe is used by me.Everyday in morning i used a banana shake juice as a protein recipe only missed butter in it.But next time i thinks to try it with peanut butter.
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