I’m excited to be able to share with you guys FOUR chocolate protein powder based recipes for smoothies. I’m really excited to share my experience with Ideal Shape as well. If not for them, I would not have come up with a few new recipes to add to my new smoothie recipe book. If you missed out on my first one, you can find that on the smoothie post. If you are interested in more smoothie recipes, I have quite a few of them here on YUM eating for FREE!
I love my smoothies. I do have a hard time with some of the more fruity flavors in the cooler months, so I thought it would be the perfect time to try to create something new and not-so-fruity. The first week I did not follow the plan exactly. I know, I know. I did my best. I did have a shake for most breakfasts and a meal bar for lunch. I had a day or two where I didn’t do that for lunch. I tried the Ideal Shape Chocolate Peanut Butter meal replacement bars. The first bite is really yummy. I love chocolate and PB together so I was thrilled they had this flavor. I just had a hard time eating them. They were much too sweet for me. I don’t do meal replacement bars for this reason. Having said that, even though they were not for me (I don’t eat a lot of candy) and you like candy bar flavors and such, you will probably be just fine with them. Either way, I did complete my box (you get 7.)
Because I am trying to just be more mindful and intuitive about what I eat, I didn’t track my progress; especially since I wasn’t following it exactly. I did notice I felt better in the morning after my smoothie, but I always do when I have a smoothie for breakfast. I think it’s because I add a lot of good stuff to mine. I didn’t feel starved and hunger was held of until well after lunch. I can’t say the same with the meal bars. Even with some fruit my stomach was growling long before my usual dinner time.
I actually like the Ideal Shape line of protein powders and had tried then about two years ago. Something I have noticed in my patterns – I can’t do meal replacement twice a day. I can’t do smoothies/protein shakes every day. But, I don’t ever plan on giving up my smoothies completely. I love them too much. Ideal Shape powder has hunger control and that is something that is important to me. Their powders mix up nice with water or your favorite milks. I like that they mix with water. Sometimes I just don’t want the extra calories. Both the chocolate and vanilla have great flavor and they are a brand I can feel comfortable recommended to others for protein powder.
Okie dokie. How about a few recipes? (I snuck them in on the website while you were sleeping 😉 )
Please note, that even though these were made with chocolate Ideal Shape, you can use any brand. You may also substitute the milk I use for any type of milk you wish to use.
2. Chocolate Butterscotch Chia Smoothie
3. Chocolate Covered Pistachio Smoothie
5. Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Smoothie
Now that you have some recipes, how about a contest so you can try Ideal Shape ? Whether you want to get a head start on the holidays or you’re going to put it away until the first of the new year – either way, this is one contest you really wan to enter! 🙂
GIVEAWAY PRODUCTS INCLUDE:
1 Tub of IdealShake Mix (chocolate, vanilla & strawberry)
1 Box of IdealBars (Choc. Peanut Butter or Cinnamon Caramel Crunch, Strawberry Yogurt)
1 Shaker Bottle
$70.00 retail value
If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway to end, you can click the photo above and get $5 off your order with code MARKET5
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Disclosure: I was given a free Ideal Shape protein shake and meal replacement bars to facilitate my review and create my recipes. I’m being compensated for this post. The giveaway is sponsored by Ideal Shape. Opinions are 100% my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
They all sound really good, well except for the one with pistachios 😉 I love the PB &B with Honey Smoothie!!
You mentioned the magic word. Chocolate!! If I would win… I would make something, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
Interesting! I’ve never had chia seeds before, much less added them to a smoothie!
Rena McDaniel says
I don’t like alot of fruity flavors for the cold weather either. These sound delicious though, yum chocolate!
Liz Mays says
I’d love to have one of these for a quick lunch or breakfast. The pumpkin spice smoothie sounds great.
Loving these smoothie recipe ideas! We get stuck in a rut sometimes with the same old flavors. It would be nice to try something new!
Debbie Denny says
So I would make the Banana. Wait… may the PB&B. Gosh it is so hard to choose.
All these recipes are amazing. I particularly like the pistachio smooth!
aimee fauci says
I am on my way to entering! I could def use this. I’ve been so bad with my eating habits. They all sound great.
Catherine S says
These all sound really good. I would really like to try the Chocolate Butterscotch Chia smoothie.
Melissa Pezza says
These are all great recipes. I love a good smoothie, so I’ll be giving these a shot.
paige callahan says
I would pick the chocolate protein and cinnamon caramel crunch bars!! the bars sound amazing
I don’t think I’ve ever made a chocolate smoothie. I’d love to try this!
paige callahan says
I would make the pumpkin spice and everything nice smoothie!
Melanie of ¿Que Means What? says
Those all look delicious! I’ve not tried chia seeds in my smoothies yet. Thanks for the idea.
Sarah Bailey says
Anything with chocolate in gets my interest, I’m definitely up for trying these!
These all sound good. Thank you for the great giveaway!
Oh goodness! I need to start trying these and finding the ones I like best. I want to start lots of smoothies in the new year and yours all sound so good!
Nina Say says
I love smoothies, especially chocolate. Of course chocolate is the best no matter what anyone says :p
I’ve been trying to find new smoothie recipes lately. I will be trying some of these out.
Pauline C. says
I always use banana for my chocolate smoothies. Maybe next time topping it with chia seeds will be great!
Wendy R. says
The Banana Pop Smoothie sounds good, I would try that one.
Our Family World says
I love banana’s a lot, they are perfect in any smoothie!
These all look super delicious. I love anything chocolate!!
Amber NElson says
You had me at chocolate. I would definitely love these.
You got my attention with chocolate! I’d love to try the pb and honey smoothie!
amanda mcmahon says
Great round up of chocolate smoothies. The chia seed one looks healthy!
These all look really yummy! I like a tasty protein shake.
Aisha Kristine Chong says
gosh looks really yummy it has been awhile since I had a choco smoothie
Lois Alter Mark says
Oh, chocolate! Just give me anything with chocolate, please!
Debbie L. says
The Smoothie recipes sounds very tasty. I need to start back making smoothies.
These all look good! If I win I would make the Banana Pop Smoothie first.
Amanda Love says
We love smoothies in our household. You can never have too much smoothies as hubby would say. He’s addicted. That’s a great giveaway and I need to lose a few pounds.
Ann Bacciaglia says
These smoothies look delicious. I would love to try them.
All these smoothies sound so good! The honey one sounds like a winner to me!
Amy @ Marvelous Mommy says
My husband would love the Chocolate Covered Pistachio Smoothie! The PB &B with Honey Smoothie sounds good to me!
Marielle Altenor says
Yum! I would love to try these recipes! I checked out their website and I want the vanilla flavored Meal-Replacement Shakes.
Stacey- Travel Blogger says
The Banana Pop Smoothie sounds especially great! These are great recipe ideas.
Chrysa Duran says
Wow I love the Pumpkin Spice smoothie recipe. Thanks for sharing. We’ll have to give these a try!
I am very interested in this powder! The chocolate butterscotch sounds pretty darn amazing. I would try that first.
Sounds like a kit my hubby might be interested in. I like that there is mix and bars!
Either the IdealBars or one of the shake meal replacers
All these looks so delicious. Chocolate butterscoth chia smoothie is my most favourite one. Love the give away too. Will try this for sure. Thanks for sharing.
Melissa Vera says
I would love to try the pumpkin smoothie. This product is awesome. I love my smoothies as well.
Alice Chase says
I would totally make the chis seed recipe. I just bought a new brand of chia I love.
I can’t resist a chocolate smoothie! Love that these help you to reach your goals too
Camesha | Mama Motivator says
Chocolate smoothies. My son would be in heaven. He is one chocolate obsessed kids.
Vera K says
I would pick vanilla and strawberry yogurt.