CHOCOLATE-ALMOND PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
1 scoop whey protein powder, chocolate flavor, (1/3 cup) *
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/4 cup Da Vinci sugar free syrup, vanilla, almond or chocolate flavor
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda
In a small bowl, stir together the protein powder and xanthan gum. Pour the water, cream, syrup, extract and sweetener into a blender. Blend for a few seconds. Add the protein powder and blend briefly. With the blender on the highest speed, start feeding ice cubes, one at a time, through the top of the blender until the drink is very thick. Adjust sweetener, if necessary.
Makes 1 serving
* The carb counts for this recipe are based on whey protein powder that has 3 carbs per scoop (1/3 cup).
With granular Splenda:
Per Serving: 209 Calories; 8g Fat; 26g Protein; 12g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 10g Net Carbs
With liquid Splenda:
Per Serving: 185 Calories; 8g Fat; 26g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 4g Net Carbs
This is one of my favorites. I used half chocolate and half French vanilla syrup in mine. This makes 2 tall glasses. You could cut the carbs in half by only drinking 1 glass. I strongly suggest that you do use the xanthan gum in this recipe. It thickens it by suspending the crushed ice and lots of air bubbles. Without xanthan gum, you'll end up with more like a slushy where the ice ends up in a big icy chunk in the glass.