Dirty Chai Protein Shake Recipe
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I have Vitamix envy.

I see so many wonderful smoothie and shake recipes featuring the Vitamix on blogs and Pinterest. They make me feel so “less than”. I have a blender but its best days are behind it. Any time I make a smoothie with anything tougher than a banana, I end up with a lot of little chunks at the bottom. We own a JuiceMan juicer that must be at least 12 years old. It still works but it’s a nightmare to clean. We have limited counter space so the juicer lives on a high shelf in its original box. I often forget it’s there and when I do it’s just too much time and effort to get it down and set it up.

A Vitamix seems like the magical answer to all my shake and smoothie dreams. (Although I am still not sure where we would put it.) With it’s hefty price tag and our strict budget it will probably continue to be a dream for some time.

I have clients in the same boat. Some of them have no blender at all and lack the time for complicated recipes. For them, and for me, I needed to come up with shakes that are pack a protein punch plus for post workout recovery or an easy on the go breakfast. These shakes need only a few simple ingredients and one inexpensive tool – the BlenderBottle.

Carrot Cake Protein Shake Recipe
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  • Have you tried my Carrot Cake Protein Shake?
    Buying bottled carrot juice (or any no sugar added vegetable juice) is an easy fix if you don’t have juicer, plus it might be less inexpensive in the long run compared to juicing. Have you ever seen how many carrots it takes for a glass of juice?
  • Start your day turbo charged with my Dirty Chai Protein Shake.
    It’s so easy and so yummy with a mixture of chai and espresso. If you’re more a coffee drinker than tea drinker try my friend Katie’s Mocha Protein Shake.
  • I love coconut water as a recovery drink.
    Make an “Almond Joy” shake with one scoop chocolate protein powder and 8 oz coconut water.
  • I love plant based protein powders.
    True Vitality and Vega Smoothie blends are easy to mix with water or almond milk. You’ll get powdered veggies like broccoli and kale plus protein from peas, hemp and brown rice. If you want to make it thicker and add an omega boost add 1 tbsp chia seeds to your bottle and let it sit for 5 minutes before drinking.
  • Want another easy vegetable solution besides juicing…try baby food.
    I know that sounds odd but you can find organic pureed vegetables for a low cost that go perfectly in the BlenderBottle. I like the combo of sweet potato and beet puree with chocolate protein powder and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.

Are you blender challenged? What’s your favorite way to get your protein shake fix fast?

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