Tart Cherry Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake

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Tart Cherry Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake #RecoverWithRed

I recently talked about why tart cherries are so freaking awesome (plus a yummy recipe using both tart cherry concentrate AND dried tart cherries – so darn good)

I talked about the 7-Day Tart Cherry Juice Challenge and the research around it:

  • Tart cherry juice  not only helps with your post-workout recovery; it’s also a fantastic pre-workout drink and has been used by many athletes as part of their routine. (source)
  • It decreases soreness because the tart Montmorency cherries help with inflammation, muscle damage, and oxidative stress.
  • It’s easy to add to your routine- all you need is two 8-oz servings of tart cherry juice per day, which is equivalent to 100 Montmorency cherries! (source)

The Challenge came at a perfect time because I hadn’t worked out in a while before then and it was time to get back on the grind!

I went to a bootcamp class on Wednesday morning and… oh man. I was sore within an hour! It was intense. But it hurt so good….

Needless to say I was sore for like 4 days after that, following another extra bootcamp class that Friday morning and some yoga and jogs in between.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake (vegan/high protein)

This vegan protein shake recipe is my favorite – this is a Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake and it takes the cake. Enjoy!

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake - delicious vegan protein shake recipe

On a beautiful summer day, we are unlikely to crave a rich dessert. We prefer things that are light and fruity. Sometimes though, I’ll crave a certain dessert at night and then the craving simply doesn’t go away and I’m stuck with this strange random craving in the middle of the day – strawberry cheesecake? No way, it’s too hot outside for such a decadent creamy dessert, plus I don’t wanna bake a full cheesecake and then be tempted to eat it. So why not stuff that craving into something healthy? Protein shake, perhaps? Perfect.

So that’s how Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake was created. I did numerous variations, included actual cream cheese in some, included different types of milk (for example, the almond + coconut milk combo, which I’m actually not too crazy about), but this one is the one that I liked the most.

Let’s just say, thank GOD I froze a couple of strawberries because fresh strawberries seem to go bad way too quickly. Again, I was faced with some moldy ones this morning; what the heck? It truly upsets me, like, the berries aren’t cheap! I love strawberries as much as the next gal but buying them only for them to go bad 2 days later is getting annoying. Sigh.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Shake (vegan)

This vegan protein shake recipe is awesome! Peanut Butter & Jelly protein shake will make you fall in love all over again with your post-workout eats! Yum :)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Shake - vegan protein shake recipe

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a marvelous Monday like I am! Thank you to Katie for hosting this awesomely positive and uplifting link up :) First things first, I felt absolutely marvelous after yesterday’s arm workout because I think my biceps are finally starting to come into shape.

The picture doesn’t show much but let me tell you, this is a huge improvement for me. I have never had any muscle. I might have been skinnier, but strong and muscular – never. So this is a big deal for me. I am very excited and can’t wait what the future will bring. I cannot wait to look like Crystal from Spoonful of Fit. Okay, a girl can dream, alright…… *daydreaming*

Also, make sure you enter into my marvelous giveaway to win 12 flavors of Arctic Zero protein ice cream! The pints have only 150 calories per pint and the bars have 85 calories. They are delicious and great as a post-workout recovery snack or dessert :) The giveaway ends on Wednesday!

A marvelous recipe: Protein shakes have been replacing my regular egg breakfast. I can’t get enough. They are just SO good!

It baffles me how people can just go and get a milkshake with all those calories, fat, and sugar when you can have an even better alternative, guilt-free, with a similar (if not better) flavor? It’s such a marvelous way to fuel your exhausted muscles after a good workout.

Here comes a PB&J protein shake. Ekhem, it’s peanut butter jelly time

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Chunky Monkey Protein Shake (vegan)

This Chunky Monkey Protein Shake is a vegan protein shake recipe that is meant to satisfy not only your body but also your mind. It’s delicious and tastes indulgent even though it is totally healthy!

Chunky Monkey Protein Shake - vegan recipe

I am all for protein shakes, I love ‘em! I might sometimes even drink them as dessert. Tehe.

If you are a peanut butter fan, you will love this shake. It has a very predominant peanut butter flavor with subtle hints of banana. I didn’t taste very much chocolate, even though I used dutch chocolate whey protein powder (not vegan) , but you can always add cocoa powder in there if you so desire, for a more complex flavor.

Truth be told, I don’t think I’m PB fanatic enough to make this my daily protein shake, especially if I was to add 2 Tbsp of peanut flour. I prefer a more delicate peanut flavor, so I opt for using only 1 or 1 and a half Tbsp of peanut flour. But a larger amount is nice once in a while when I’m intensely craving peanut butter. Normally though, I prefer my chocolate flavors ;) I know a lot of you PB fans will love this though!

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