When it comes to protein shakes, I’m an easy customer. So long as it's palatable, comes with the amount of protein I want, and doesn’t have a bunch of other B.S. calories, I’m happy. Every so often however, I make the extra effort to concoct a shake that satisfies my taste buds and my macronutrient requirements alike. I use the phrase “extra effort” loosely here as I still don’t feel like dealing with a blender, Vitamix, or food processor and the necessary cleaning that follows. Give me 2 or 3 things I can dump into my shaker, shake it, and consume.
Recently, I stumbled upon my favorite concoction yet. If the combo of chocolate and peanut butter makes you weak in the knees like it does to me, you'll want to try this. It takes 30 seconds to put together, has a super healthy calorie and macronutrient profile, and tastes damn good. When these 3 things intersect, you have a winner!! Here’s the recipe and nutrition breakdown:
Recipe (amazon links to these products are at the bottom of the post)
20 ounces of water
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I use Isopure zero carb by Nature’s Best)
2 tablespoons of PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
1 tablespoon of Hershey’s sugar free chocolate syrup
*almond milk can be used in place of water without a huge bump in calories if you prefer a thicker consistency. I use water, because I'm hardcore like that.
Carbs: 8 (2 sugar alcohol, 1 sugar, 2 fiber)
The macronutrient profile is about as clean as it gets and the taste is legit. Does it taste like a Friendly’s Reeses Pieces sundae? Hell no, but 55g of protein, 4 net carbs, and 2g of fat usually tastes like complete garbage. And before the sugar alcohol police get involved, understand that for every study that finds sugar alcohols have a negative effect on health, I can produce 100 that find being fat is worse. Eating things with this type of nutrition helps you be less fat. Give this shake a try and let me know what you think!!
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