It’s May! We made it! I’m reasonably sure that for most of us, there is no snow in the immediate forecast. I think that’s cause to celebrate.
Tomorrow, as you know, is Cinco de Mayo. (Tell the truth: do you know what’s celebrated on this day? I’ll ‘fess up and say I was not terribly aware, so I looked it up. Fascinating!) And the good folks at Premier Protein sent me a festive recipe to share with you! It’s been a while since I’ve done a “recipe remake”post, but essentially that’s where I take an existing recipe and show you how I would change it to make it work better for weight loss surgery post-ops. So, let’s get to it.
Let’s start with the recipe as Premier sent it to me:
Now I want to start by saying this recipe, in and of itself, isn’t bad. It’s got several servings of fruit along with protein. For someone who has not had weight-loss surgery, this recipe would be a great alternative to the oversized alcoholic beverages typically served on Cinco de Mayo.
For us? This shake might be challenging because of the levels of sugar. Let me be clear: there is nothing wrong with eating fresh fruit! But depending on your surgery type, combining multiple sources of sugar (even natural sugar) may be problematic. Only you know how your body works.
(Want to learn more about the different kinds of sugar and how they affect your body post-op? Check out my series, “BF Basics: Sugar Shock“)
But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a delicious Cinco de Mayo shake. That just means we have to to play with our food!
Interestingly, as soon as I saw this recipe, I thought of my Tropical Sunrise Smoothie. It’s essentially the same concept (with a few different ingredients). Here’s the original recipe but I thought there was even room to play with my version. So below is the updated recipe!
Tropical Sunrise Smoothie (featuring Premier Protein)
(This will either make one big shake or two small ones – remember…sharing is caring!)
- 1 Premier Protein 11 oz. Vanilla Shake
- 1/2 c. fresh cut mango, cubed (note: if you use frozen, you can omit the ice listed below)
- 2-3 frozen peach segments (or if you happen to have a no-sugar added peach fruit cup hanging around, that works too. Just make sure to drain it first!)
- 1 c. unflavored Greek yogurt
- 1 packet True Orange flavoring (look in the sugar aisle of the grocery store)
- A squirt of lemon juice
- Optional: 1 tbsp. either sugar-free banana instant pudding mix OR sugar-free banana flavored syrup
- Ice (especially if your fruit is not frozen)
If using ice: Combine everything but ice in a blender 1-2 minutes. Add ice, blend an additional minute.
If not using ice: Combine everything in the blender for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
For even more reative protein shake recipes, tips and tricks, check out The Bariatric Foodie Guide to Perfect Protein Shakes. Available in hard-copy and Kindle on Amazon and for iPad and Nook on Smashwords!