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I am infatuated with Starbucks. Not in the sense that I dream of Starbucks while sleeping or in the sense where I carve my name into a heart alongside the Starbucks logo onto some tree trunk. Infatuated yes, irrational no. But Starbucks is one of the few spoils that I actually crave. If a coffee product is on my mind, it immediately morphs in to a need for Starbucks and Starbucks only. I will pass any number of exits posting signs for coffee until I see one with the sign for Starbucks. My husband does not understand this behavior even in part although I have patiently explained many times why Starbucks is a higher order. That said, I was pretty happy when I found that protein shakes were a staple on my bariatric diet after my gastric bypass surgery. With a little imagination, I was sure I could make a protein shake that had a Starbucks Frappuccino flavor and texture. Off to the lab I went. Results From the Bariatric Lab If you want to branch out from traditional protein shakes and kick st...
I drank a whole lot of protein shakes when I had my weigh-loss surgery . Back in 2003, there were few flavors available -- or maybe because everything was so new to me that I only thought there were a few flavors available. Anyway, to make things more interesting, I got very creative with developing my own recipes for these shakes. And as time went on, more flavors became available and my shakes got more creative (and tastier)!
Here are two of my favorite fruity recipes, Orange Creamsicle and Pina Colada, both of which provide a refreshing break from vanilla and chocolate protein shakes. Gee, who'd ever thought I'd get tired of a chocolate shake?!?!
Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake
1 scoop Syntrax Matrix 5.0 Orange Cream
1-2 c ice cubes
4 oz plain almond milk
4 oz water
2 squirts sugar-free vanilla syrup (I like DaVinci or Torani)
1 TBS orange juice frozen concentrate
Pina Colada Protein Shake
1 scoop Syntrax Nectar Carribe...
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