Protein powder review and smoothie recipe

I enjoy drinking a smoothie as a meal replacement. I think they are yummy and easy and it helps me not to make bad food choices when I don’t the motivation to eat leftovers. Is a shake the healthiest option for a meal? Maybe not, but I’m not sure. It works for me and I like it. I’m not a health professional and everybody is different, but drinking a smoothie for breakfast or lunch helps me out.

My husband Marc is getting into power-lifting and gaining muscle-mass, so he is very interested in using protein powders. I like getting enough protein in my diet and protein powder is an easy way to do it. Marc came across True Nutrition’s website (through a variety of blog sources he follows) and we wanted to give it a try. A lot of protein powders (probably most of them) have undesirable ingredients like bad oils and preservatives and the like. It can be hard to find a protein that is “clean,” but True Nutrition seems to be pretty clean.

I went to pick the protein I wanted, and there are a million different choices. You can choose what type of protein (they have all sorts of different kinds) and you can mix them if you would like. You can also customize your mix with carbs, fats, or supplements. Then you can choose a flavor and sweetener from a very long list of options.

I’m breast-feeding and my little guy has issues with dairy, so I wanted to try a vegetarian protein source. I chose a pea protein, but because I really like whey, I made it 20% grass-fed whey protein as well. Marc chose the 100% grass-fed whey protein in double-chocolate mint, mine was orange creamsiscle. There was 54 flavors to choose from! The unsweetened chocolate or vanilla, or the plain, are the cleanest flavors, but we decided to go with the artificial flavorings. We aren’t perfect.

Trying out 2 of many flavor and mix combinations

Trying out 2 of many flavor and mix combinations

The Double Chocolate Mint? AMAZING. It is really tasty. The mintiness of it actually reminds me of the taste of too much Torani chocolate syrup. I know that sounds weird and not really all that great, but it does taste good. I find that a lot of chocolate protein powders taste like minty hotdogs (which I do not like)… but that could just be me. The point is, this protein does not taste like hot dogs and I like the flavor.

I can actually mix this protein in my banana and almond butter smoothie and it doesn’t give off a minty taste, it’s more of the chocolate syrup taste.

The other protein was the Orange Creamciscle flavor, 80% pea protein, 20% whey.

It was disappointing. You can actually taste the peas, and the orange doesn’t come through as much as you would hope. If I ordered it again, I would get the flavor “heavy” (you can specify the concentration of the flavor; light, normal, heavy). When I made my smoothie I ended up adding orange oil to it, which made it much better. I think adding the juice of an orange would make it pretty tasty as well, but by itself, I wasn’t a fan.

What is my favorite way to use protein powder? A smoothie! Or shake, whatever you would like to call it.

Here is my favorite recipe:

almond butter banana chocolate shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups milk or milk substitute – I use 1 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp almond or other nut butter
  • 1/2 banana (better if frozen in chunks)
  • 1/2 or 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  • 1 or 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • A few ice cubes
  • Optional additions – greens, avocado, coconut oil

I use a hand blender now, so I no longer freeze most of the milk. Because only my banana is frozen, it is not a very thick consistency. If you want a thick, frozen-shake consistency, freeze half of the milk in ice cube trays and use that.

I also blend all the ingredients, except the ice, until completely blended. I then add the ice and blend it last.

Enjoy!

Note: I am using this as a meal-replacement. This is not a 100-calorie shake. Nor am I a dietician. Make sure you find out what works for you, even if it includes talking with a professional.

*I am in no way, being compensated for this review. I bought the protein myself and I am sharing my experience.

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Wittlebee Review

Wittlebee is a clothing club for infants and children. Every month for $39.99 you get a box of assorted clothing. Wittlebee’s stylist puts together a one-of-a-kind box according to your style profile.

The style profile asks you basic questions about the clothing you want, the colors and styles you prefer, and other related questions. A stylist can give you a call, or you can leave a note.

Sidenote: I think being a stylist would be an awesome job, putting together clothing boxes for little ones!

My profile reads the following:

Size: 6-12 M
Styles needed: Long Sleeve, Onesies, Pants (shorts and shirts are other options)
Graphics: Skulls+Rock&Roll, Stripes
Favorite Colors: Blue, Red, Black
Clothing Style: Mix and Match
Accessories Needed: Hats
Styles not needed: Tank Tops, Writing/Slogans
Climate: California Dreamin

I didn’t have the stylist call me, but I left them the following message (200 character max):

Hi, the size selections are 6-12 months, but he has outgrown 6mo pants and almost outgrown of 6 month onesies, so it might be best to have 12 mo pants and 9 or 12 mo onesies. Onesies prefered, thx


I received the following:

  • 12-mo Ocean Pacific shirt (from Walmart)
  • 12-moTeddy Boom Polo ($4 value)
  • 12-mo Miss-tee-v-us shirt
  • 6-12 month onesie (from American Apparel)
  • 12-mo pair of jeans (from Teddy Boom)
  • 12-mo pair of leggings (from American Apparel)

I think Wittlebee is an interesting concept, I was a bit disappointed:

I asked for long-sleeves and onesies for tops, and specified that I preferred onesies and in sizes 9 and 12 months

I received one onesie and 3 shirts in sizes 12 months, no long sleeves, only one onesie, and nothing in 9 months. I also wasn’t impressed with the Wal-mart shirt.

I liked the pants

I’m glad I got in on a flash sale and only paid $19.99

The most expensive piece of clothing (I think) is the Miss-tee-v-us guitar shirt, but it really isn’t my style, but it is exactly what I asked for

Perhaps girl clothes or different styles might make a better box, but I won’t be renewing my subscription. If you are interested, I would sign up and wait for a sale, via email.

Treat Yourself Giveaway: Closed

Lots of great desserts that are grain-free and sugar-free!

I had the pleasure to review Modern Alternative Mama’s newest book, Treat Yourself. This books is full of great dessert recipes with real food ingredients. You won’t find any processed flour or sugar in this book!

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Salt Dough VS. Cornstarch Clay

As part of my holiday craft to-do list, I decided to try and make ornaments/gift tags this year. Not wanting to go to the store and get any special ingredients, I was able to make a batch of salt dough and a batch of corn starch clay. I will also cheat and use this as part of my December Photo Month (DePhoMo) entry; one photo, every day.

Corn Starch Clay Recipe:

(There are a lot of different variations of the same recipe, and for the life of me, I can not find the exact recipe I used)

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  1. Combine ingredients in large sauce pan and stir until dough is thick and can no longer be stirred (takes 5-10 minutes)
  2. Dump onto parchment paper or flat surface to cool
  3. Knead until smooth once dough has cooled enough to do so
  4. Mold into shapes or roll out and cut shapes out with cookie cutters

Salt Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  1. Blend ingredients until flour and salt is well incorporated
  2. Take out of bowl and knead until smooth
  3. Mold into shapes or roll out and cut shapes out with cookie cutters

(Check out Katy Elliot for some pretty ideas!)

Now onto the comparisons:

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