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PUMPKIN PROTEIN SHAKE

This has been, by far, my most popular shake recipe.  It’s thick, rich, and  just fabulous!  Perfect for the Autumn time of year…brings your favorite Fall dessert right into your high-protein plan!  Try it hot – or with an espresso shot or instant coffee crystals added – wow.

This has enough calories and is so filling that it’s definitely a ‘meal’, so plan accordingly.  (Disregard the GIANT pile of whipped cream!  I just beautified it for the photo…yeah…that’s it…)

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3/4 cup fat free milk OR soy milk OR almond milk
1/4 cup fat-free half & half  (OR skip and use 1 cup milk of choice)
1 rounded scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 rounded cup pure pumpkin puree
1/4 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed or frozen…doesn’t matter!
2-3 tablespoons Splenda Granular – to taste
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice  (or 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon each ginger and cloves)
6 ice cubes, optional – I love it without the ice, too…makes it more rich and filling, to me

In a blender combine the milk/soymilk/almondmilk, half & half, protein powder, pumpkin, whipped topping, Splenda, spices, and ice cubes, if using.  Process until smooth and thick.  Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.  Makes one serving.

Per Serving: Calories 300; Protein 35 g; Tot Fat 5 g; NET Carb 20 g; (Fiber 2 g) ; Sugar 6 g; Sodium 279 mg

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Bear Claw

After Weight Loss Surgery a high-protein eating plan is imperative.  Because we have such limited space for food – and getting in enough protein is hard with food alone – we rely heavily on supplements.

Many protein powders leave  a lot to be desired – there are some that are delicious out there, so keep looking!  But even those can use help for variety’s sake.  I’ve got you covered!!

(For flavorings I use the DaVinci or Torani sugar free syrups, and the Gosh That’s Good White Velvet and Rich Classic white and dark chocolate powders.)

****(If you want them hot, you can use water or coffee that is fresh-coffee-pot-hot, but it’s best to use a hand-held blender wand or else it’s hard to get the lumps out.)


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  ALMOND BANANA

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3/4 cup plain almond milk (Almond Breeze, Blue Diamond)

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/2 of a frozen banana

Splenda or sugar free syrup to taste

Whiz all in a blender until smooth.  (This has enough calories for a MEAL…so plan accordingly!)

TROPICAL DREAMIN’

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1 1/2 scoops vanilla pro powder
1 1/4 cups water
3 tablespoons sugar free Vanilla syrup – to taste
2 tablespoons half & half
1 sleeve Crystal Light Sunrise ORANGE (I use TWO sleeves…just cause)
6-8 chunks of frozen tropical fruit mix (Dole has one – so good!)

Blend or process until smooth.

RASPBERRY MOCHA

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1 cup chocolate pro shake made with water  (1 scoop powder)
2 teaspoons chocolate sugar free instant pudding powder
2 tablespoons sugar free raspberry syrup – or to taste
1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals
3-4 ice cubes

Pulse in a blender or food processor until smooth.   See note above if you want it hot.

NUTTY IRISHMAN

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1 cup of vanilla protein shake made with water (1 scoop powder)
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar free Irish Creme syrup
1/2 tablespoon sugar free Hazelnut syrup
1-2 (2-3 ounces) shots of espresso or very strong coffee – optional
Whipped cream

To pro shake, stir in syrups and coffee, if using. Top with a squirt of Redi-Whip or Splenda-sweetened real whipped cream.  If you want it hot, see note, above.

GRASSHOPPER

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1 1/4 cups chocolate protein shake (1 1/4 cups water, 1 scoop choc pro powder)
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon sugar free Vanilla syrup
2 tablespoons sugar free Creme de Menthe syrup
2 ounces espresso or very strong coffee
2 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream OR Cool Whip
2 teaspoons finely ground Oreo cookie crumbs

Whiz in a blender.  Serve hot or cold.

GOLD COAST AMARETTO

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1 1/2 cups chocolate pro shake made with water ( 1 scoop powder)
2 tablespoons sugar free Amaretto syrup – or to taste
2  teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals, optional
Dash of cinnamon

Pulse in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Wonderful hot!

STRAWBERRY PROTEIN SHAKE

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1 cup strawberry or vanilla pro shake made with water (1 scoop powder)
6 frozen or fresh strawberries
3/4 cup soy milk
1/4 cup water
4 tablespoons sugar free Strawberry syrup
1/4 cup sugar-free Cool Whip
4-5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients into blender container and process until smooth.

SOMOA

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1 cup vanilla pro shake made with water (1 scoop powder)
1 tablespoon Gosh that’s Good Rich Classic OR unsweetened cocoa powder plus additional sweetener
1 tablespoon sugar free caramel sauce
2 tablespoons sugar free coconut syrup
2-3 ounces very strong coffee, optional

Mix well. Can be made hot or cold.

RASPBERRY CREAM

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1-1 1/2 cups vanilla pro shake (made with 1 scoop powder and water)
4 tablespoons sugar free raspberry syrup – or to taste
3 tablespoons Cool Whip
1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
6 ice cubes

Pulse in a blender or food processor until smooth and thick.
Garnish with fresh berries and mint. Gorgeous!

S’MORES

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1 cup vanilla pro shake made with water and 1 scoop powder
1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon DaVinci sugar free Toasted Marshmallow syurp
1 tablespoon DaVinci sugar free Cookie Dough syrup
1/4 cup espresso or strong coffee, optional
Garnish: squirt of Redi-Whip, 1/8 teaspoon graham cracker crumbs

Mix well…can be served warm or cold.

CARAMOCHA

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1 cup cold coffee
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons sugar free Caramel syrup – or to taste
Drizzle of sugar free caramel sauce
5 ice cubes
Pinch cinnamon

Pulse in a blender or food processor until smooth. Also try it hot!

SNICKERDOODLE

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1 cup vanilla protein shake made from water and 1 scoop powder
2-3 tablespoon sugar free vanilla syrup
1 tablespoon sugar free cinnamon
2 ounces espresso or very strong coffee – optional
Cinnamon-Splenda

Mix well. Serve in a pretty glass with the Cinnamon-Splenda sprinked on top. Can be either hot or iced.

RUM RUNNER

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1 cup vanilla protein shake made with water  (1 scoop powder)
1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals
1 tablespoon sugar free vanilla syrup
1 tablespoon sugar free Butter Rum syrup
1 tablespoon sugar free Praline syrup

Shake or blend until smooth. Adjust syrup amounts to your taste. This one is wonderful hot.

RASPBERRY LEMONADE

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1 1/2 scoops vanilla pro powder
1 1/4 cups water
3 tablespoons sugar free Vanilla syrup
1 tablespoon sugar free Vanilla creamer or half & half
2 sleeves Crystal Light Raspberry Lemonade mix
6 ice cubes

Blend or process until smooth.

BANANA CARAMEL

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1 cup water
1 rounded scoop Banana pro powder
2 teaspoons banana or vanilla sugar free instant pudding powder
1 tablespoon sugar free caramel syrup – or to taste
3-4 ice cubes
Garnish – Drizzle of sugar free caramel sauce

Pulse in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Garnish with a drizzle of caramel that will slowly sink to the bottom!

CHAI LATTE

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1 1/2 cups hot or cold coffee
1 scoop vanilla pro powder
1 tablespoon Big Train low carb or sugar free vanilla chai
2 tablespoons fat free half & half
Splenda or honey to taste

Whiz or shake all together.


BEAR CLAW

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1 cup water

1 1/2 scoops Lean Dessert Cinnamon Roll pro powder
1 tablespoon sugar free caramel sauce
2 tablespoons sugar free almond syrup
1 teaspoon sugar free lemon syrup OR drop of lemon extract OR 1/8 teaspoon lemon zest
6 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process.




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