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12 Homemade Alternatives to the Ice Cream Truck

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

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Eating this smoothie with a spoon makes it seem even more like an indulgent dessert (but it's not even close!). 



Ingredients:

7 large frozen strawberries

4 ice cubes

1 ½ c. milk

1 scoop strawberry or vanilla protein powder

2 pinches xanthan gum (for thickening)


Recipe provided by Peanut Butter Fingers

Pina Colada Protein Smoothie

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A frozen cocktail isn't exactly the breakfast of champions, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a pina colada in the morning. Just nix the rum and add a scoop of protein powder to the blender instead.


Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

½ tsp. coconut extract

¼ c. canned pineapple

1 c. milk

1 tsp. xanthan gum (for thickening) 


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Thin Mint Smoothie

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Don't judge this smoothie by its appearance! The mint chocolate blend tastes just like a Girl Scout cookie. The only difference is that you can eat it any time of day—without guilt.

Ingredients:

1 ½ scoops chocolate protein powder

1 c. milk

Peppermint extract, to taste (Start with less than 1/8 tsp., adding more as desired. This stuff is strong!)

5 ice cubes

2 large handfuls fresh spinach (You can't taste this at all!)

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Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

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In case the name doesn't already have you pulling out the blender, the combination of protein, carbohydrates and fat in this smoothie makes it the ideal post-workout snack.

Ingredients:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 c. milk

1 tbsp. creamy peanut butter

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 frozen banana

3 ice cubes

1 tsp. xanthan gum (for thickening) 


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Cocoa Overload Smoothie Bowl

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We know what you're thinking. But yes, you can eat something that looks this good without doing damage to your diet. We highly recommend it!


Ingredients:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 ½ tbsp. cocoa powder

1 frozen banana

1 c. chocolate milk (regular milk will also work)

1 tsp. xanthan gum (optional for thickening)

Optional garnish: chocolate granola, chocolate chips

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Mocha Green Monster

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Perfect for multi-taskers, this smoothie delivers your morning meal and coffee in one cup!

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 packet Starbucks via instant coffee

1 large handful of spinach

4 ice cubes

3/4 c. milk


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Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

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Pumpkin gets forgotten during warmer months, but you can find it at the supermarket all year long—which you'll be very thankful for after you taste this smoothie. 



Ingredients:

1/3 c canned pumpkin

1 frozen banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

5 ice cubes

¾ c. milk

1.5 tsp. pumpkin pie spice


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Coffeefied Green Monster

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Using raw spinach in a smoothie is a great way to get all the health benefits of the leafy green, even if you don't care for the taste. 


Ingredients:

2 large handfuls fresh spinach

6 oz. Barnie's French vanilla coffee, brewed

1/2 Starbucks Via instant coffee packet

1 frozen banana

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

5 ice cubes

1 tsp. Bob's Red Mill xanthan gum (for thickening)


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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

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Sometimes it's hard to believe that something so tasty can be so healthy. But this smoothie satisfies your chocolate craving and delivers a range of health benefits—from boosting energy to improving your skin.

Ingredients:

1 c. frozen strawberries

1 1/2 c. almond milk

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 handful fresh spinach

3 large ice cubes

1 pinch xanthan gum (for thickening)


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Mango Milkshake

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This is the perfect example of how a few simple swaps can transform a calorie bomb into a sensible sweet snack (or meal).

Ingredients:

3/4 c. vanilla frozen yogurt

1 c. frozen mango

3/4 c. milk

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)


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Chia Seed Smoothie

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If you're not eating chia seeds, you're missing out. These small oval seeds pack more heart- and brain-saving omega-3 fatty acids than flax seeds, don't go bad as quickly, and have been shown to lower blood pressure and inflammation, a known trigger of premature aging and disease. And did we mention they're delicious?

Ingredients:

1/2 c. old fashioned oatmeal

3/4 c. almond milk

2 tbsp. chocolate PB2

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1/4 c. almond milk

3/4 c. frozen strawberries 


Recipe provided by Peanut Butter Fingers