Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake (Paleo, GF, DF)

I have two smoothies in rotation at the moment.  I'll be posting the other one soon but my favorite one is this chilly chocolate cherry goodness.  I recently started having a shake before I work out and I can't believe how much better I preform.  Seriously, in kickboxing class I have so much more energy and am able to finish all my reps.  So much better than before, when I exercised on an empty stomach.  I like that the smoothie is quick to make, quick to consume, tastes good and is full of protein.  

Makes one serving. 

Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake

1/2 cup frozen pitted cherries

handful baby spinach leaves

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 cup liquid (coconut milk, coconut water or tap water)

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.  

Protein Shake


As spring and summer (shorts and sandals!) weather approaches I've been making an effort to be a little more healthy and get some exercise.  This is a shake I like to make and I drink half before a workout (for a little fuel) and the rest after in hopes the protein in it will help put my tired muscles back together.   

The protein powder i use is Whey to Go by Solgar.  I like it the best but any brand is fine.   

Serves 1 and is about 210 calories.  If you count those.  

Strawberry Banana Protein Shake

1/2 of a banana, peeled

about 4 frozen strawberries

1/2 cup fat free milk

1 serving/scoop protein powder (chocolate or vanilla) 

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.