But then it hit me yesterday on Memorial Day, I have yogurt and cottage cheese in my refrigerator. I use the yogurt for my protein drinks. Why not replace it with cottage cheese it has more protein and no sugar. And it makes my shake thick without added ice. I get about 11grams of protein from the cottage cheese. And if you are a non meat eater or cannot tolerate milk use medium firm tofu or even blend frozen shelled edamame beans. These beans are young soy beans that are not processed and are green. Why buy protein powder when you can use protein that you may already have in your refrigerator. Here are two protein drinks that I drink in for breakfast and lunch. It is the same recipes but the lunch one has vegetables added. I have a Ninja Blender with a personal single 16 ounce serving cup that will whole all of the ingredients. But a good blender should work if it can chopped fibrous foods like vegetables.
¼ cup of water (Keeping calorie count down but you can use favorite juice)
8 blue berries (frozen)
8 sliced strawberries (frozen) Or 3 whole frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon of honey, or agave, or 3 Splendas
2 heaping tablespoon of cottage cheese, or medium firm tofu, or ½ cup of frozen endmane beans.
Place water in first and then the fruit, then blend. After everything has been blended add the honey and the cottage cheese or tofu and blend until thick and smooth. If too thick add more water if to thin add a few pieces of ice. Poor into 16 ounce serving glass.
For Lunch My Berry Carrot Protein Drink
"Excuse the messy Photo"
Use the same fruits except cut down on the berries. For example, instead of 8 blueberries use and 5 strawberries. If your container can hold more use them all.
1 Carrot unpeeled- Chopped into bite size pieces
A handful of romaine lettuce (Trust me you will not taste it).
1 celery- You can peel the threads of the celery if you want. Chop celery into bite size pieces.
½ inch of cucumber (optional)
Do not forget the honey and the protein or proteins. I may use the young soybeans and cottage cheese
In the blender add the carrots with the water blend until the carrots turns to pulp. The add 3 of the ingredient and blend. When both the fruit and the berries are well incorporated add the vegetables and the cottage cheese and honey.
For this one add a little more cold water you do not want a smooth just a a nice drinkable drink.
This may make more than a 16 ounce cup. Blend in batch and combined together if you have one of the smaller type drink blenders.
Finally I made a Green Machine Drink. I used all the ingredients in the Berry carrots drink but in a lesser amount. I put kale greens, green leaf lettuce and 1/2 an apple green if you have it, but I did not I had only fugi apple. Try these drinks.