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Nutritional Stats: 208 calories, 28g carbs, 20g protein
If you’re feeling hungry, use an entire banana instead of just 3/4. For a post workout shake, up the protein to a full scoop so you get a bigger boost of protein for muscle repair and building.
Ice cubes are a matter of personal preference. Blitzing at high speeds generates lots of heat, so 5 ice cubes ensures a chilled drink. It will also increase the volume of your shake, though, so you can just ditch the ice cubes, substitute for a bit of water, and chill in the fridge.
To keep the recipe vegan and sugar free, stick to unsweetened vegan protein powder and unsweetened almond milk. If you’re not looking to keep vegan, use whey protein powder and any kind of milk(though almost milk is full of good fats and nutrients).
This is also a great recipe for kids, so if you’re making it for the younglings, skip the protein powder and add yogurt instead. Greek or plain yogurt, your choice, but I prefer greek because it is much thicker. Also bear in mind that yogurt will make the shake much more runny, so go easy on the ice. Since the chocolate flavor is coming from the protein powder, just add 1 tsp of unsweetened pure cocoa powder instead to get the rich cocoa flavor.