In the immortal words of Garfield the cat . . . I hate Mondays. Make it better and grab a cookies and cream protein smoothie on your way out the door.
Protein smoothies are a lifesaver for me when I’m short on time in the morning. Funny – in high school, I did not really care about breakfast and would have been happier going without. Now . . . I NEED breakfast. If someone made me choose between giving up breakfast and dinner, I would pass on dinner. Breakfast gets me through the day.
This shake has plenty of protein and keeps me full straight through to lunch. While I am particularly partial to my favorite peanut butter protein smoothie bowl, I wanted a variation for busy weeks where I am eating a smoothie a day. Annnnnnd I had leftover oreos from having given into mad cravings and making oreo truffles a couple weeks ago.
When you load the blender, make sure that the cookies and the protein powder are closest to the blades. I have a Ninja blender with one of the individual blender cups, so I load oreos and protein powder last and flip. (Quite possibly our most-used wedding gift – I HEART our Ninja.)
I test drove this smoothie recipe after a girl friend and I tried CycleBar for the first time. LOVED it. It’s essentially a spin class on steroids, in the dark, to the beat of a sick custom playlist, with a competition board listing everyone’s stats at the front. (Errr…yeah. Going to have to work on my class rank.) Despite my butt feeling like I took a ride at a rodeo, my sit bones will have to work back up to hour-long rides, because I can’t wait to go back!
I leave it to your discretion whether you justify the whip cream and oreo on top of your cookies and cream protein smoothie. I usually try to justify an extra oreo by swearing I’ll take the stairs at work. (Which is saying something, since we are on the 9th floor.) Remember . . . life is short. 🙂
Nutrition & Macros per Smoothie: calories: 310 carbs: 31 g fat: 10 g protein: 28 g
2 minPrep Time
2 minTotal Time
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 Tablespoon fat free cream cheese
- 1 large handful ice (6-8 ice cubes)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 oreo cookies
- Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth!
Use a tad less milk and have a smoothie bowl with amazing chocolate granola!
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