Are you a fan of chocolate covered strawberries? Same! This strawberry chocolate protein shake is a healthier (not to mention easier, and probably more realistic) version of your favorite decadent treat; in a way that you can enjoy any and every day!
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Chocolate and strawberries are two of my favorite sweets, and it just so happens that these two treats make one heck of a combination. (Haven’t tried them together? Immediately drop what you’re doing and go try them. Now. This post will be here when you get back).
Not only do strawberries taste good, but they’re super healthy (packed with high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C) and there’s only about 49 calories in a cup of strawberries. Making it a perfect low calorie addition to almost any meal.
Chocolate, specifically dark chocolate, while definitely higher in calories than strawberries, also comes with some health benefits. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and has been shown to improve heart health, balance the immune system, and improve athletic performance and brain function.
Protein shakes are a great addition if you are someone who struggles eating enough protein throughout the day.
They can help break up the monotony of eating meat and eggs, and often have less carbs than typical plant based sources of protein, helping keep your diet balanced.
What makes a good protein shake ratio?
It honestly depends on your taste buds. You can play around with the amount of almond milk (or other milk or milk alternative, including water), and ice to get the exact texture that you prefer.
If I’m shaking (and not blending) I like to use about 10 ounces of liquid.
If I’m blending, like with this smoothie recipe, then I like to use about 6-8 ounces of liquid, and about a cup of ice.
You blend time also plays a role. If you’re wondering how to blend protein powder, I’d follow these tips:
- Add liquid to the blender before any powder. This will help soak up the powder instead of having it get stuck to the bottom of the glass.
- Blend for at least 30 seconds, and the longer you blend, the creamier your smoothie will often become. Short blend times lead to chunkier (ice) smoothies.
- If your blender is able to increase in intensity, start off at a lower intensity and gradually increase as you blend.
- Remember: if the texture of your smoothie isn’t quite right, you can always add more ice and liquid as you go!
Chocolate covered strawberries in smoothie form. This healthy protein shake is the perfect version of your favorite decadent treat that you can enjoy any day.
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 2/3 cup frozen or fresh halved strawberries
- Whipped cream (regular or dairy free)
- Sliced strawberries
- Add all ingredients to your blender
- Blend – timing will depend on your desired texture
Nutrition information is without the addition of whipped cream or any toppings.
- Serving Size: 1 Smoothie
- Calories: 175
- Sugar: 5g
- Sodium: 126mg
- Fat: 2.8g
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 9.5g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 30.7g
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: Smoothie, shake, protein shake, strawberry, chocolate
Natasha is a wife, #boymom, writer, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, & Behavior Change Specialist. Living with EoE, gluten & dairy are two foods she needs to avoid, so she’s made it her mission to find simple, yet tasty alternatives. When she’s not watching her son play baseball, she can be found blogging, Googling her parenting decisions, and drinking all the coffee.