Saturday, August 27, 2016

How to Lose Weight Drinking a Yummy Orange Creamsicle Shake Every Day

I wrote back here about giving the Trim Healthy Mama plan a shot. Except I still haven't cracked open the book. I have tried several recipes from the cookbook, but I'm definitely not sticking with the plan 100% ... or even 50%. BUT there is one thing I pretty much have every day because it feels like LIFE to me and doesn't give me a sugar headache and fills me up and makes me feel AMAZING.

It's the Trim Healthy Mama orange creamsicle shake. I have it nearly every day as my lunch and I'm slowly losing weight (also, walking daily doesn't hurt) and I'm not craving sugar and chocolate as much as I used to. When you see what is in it, you will see why I feel so great these days!

BONUS: less brain fog!

I have modified this recipe a bit by sometimes adding a tablespoon of collagen, sometimes adding vanilla extract, and I used xanthan gum to thicken instead of the THM plan thickener. I also use sweetener I get at the grocery store instead of their sugar substitutes until I can save up to try theirs. Here's the recipe I use:

Put all this in a blender and mix until you can't hear the ice rattling around anymore :-)

1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (but I can only get the kind with some sugar in it at Aldi so that's what I go for)
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1 full orange, peeled
1 tablespoon plus maybe more to taste of Splenda for baking (you can also try Truvia and just start with one packet
1 scoop pristine whey protein powder (they call for half scoop but I use one whole scoop for 20 g protein and more calories)
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum to thicken
12 ice cubes
*1 T peanut flour for a peanuty taste and more protein
*1 T collagen powder (this is not in the THM recipe but I added it because I'm not seeing anything major coming from it so I'm trying to use it up so why not toss it in a shake?)

Okay, so how does it help me lose weight?

Because it makes a HUGE portion and (1) I sip it instead of putting bad-for-me things into my mouth mindlessly (2) it's filling and takes a while to process so less snacking (3) the protein fills me up (4) I crave less sugary junk when I'm drinking this every day, no joke.

Give it a try and leave me a comment about how much you love it! And here is the chocolate version without cottage cheese!

UPDATE: Add an Advocare Spark packet in Mandarin Orange for a serious flavor boost and brain pick-me-up!!! I also tried some Truvia Nectar in mine and loved it. AND I lately put in my scoop of Pro Alpha Nutrition joint repair and get a huge win because I'm losing weight while fixing up my joints so I can walk more!


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