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Protein shakes are such a great way to really buckle down and get lean for summer just around the corner. I love a good protein shake, and I talk a lot about how they are my secret weapon to losing the baby weight. It isn’t just about the protein, but about the nutrients it helps me consume with a busy schedule. I have my three favorite protein shakes that are super easy to make, with the BEST protein powder ever. I am telling you this is the best tasting, most nutritious and clean protein powder I’ve tried, and I’ve tried them all! Ideal Raw, Shakeology, Vega, Ideal Fit…and lots of other brands I’ve found on sale at grocery stores.
Let’s get into the yummy protein shakes that are clean, lean and so great for losing that last bit of weight before summer. If you aren’t sure how to use protein to lose weight, check out this post. I talk more about how your body uses protein, carbs and fats to help you understand why protein is so helpful.
I also have a post on exactly how I use protein shakes for weight loss, specifically losing the baby weight, which you can save for later too!
Lean + Green Protein Weight Loss Shake:
This is a very creamy, green shake because of a little trick. I freeze my almond milk, and i use those for ice cubes. This keeps it from getting super icy.
You can see I put in my Ninja single cup (you NEED this blender, so amazing!), about 4 almond-milk ice cubes. Depending on your ice cube size, it is about halfway up. Two hand-fulls of spinach, two scoops of the Ora Organics Vanilla protein powder, then fill with about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Almond milk. Depending on your blender, you may need more or less. If I want it super thick, I use less.
Here’s the list of ingredients for you:
4-6 Almond Milk Ice Cubes
2 Scoops Ora Organics
2 Hand-fulls of spinach
1/4 – 1/2 cup Almond Milk
Blend and pour into your glass of choice to drink and enjoy right away!!
This is my favorite protein shake of all time because you can’t taste the spinach at all. What is even better is
Ora Organics comes with DIGESTIVE ENZYMES!! This will help you digest the spinach and other plant proteins, so you don’t get gassy and ABSORB THE NUTRIENTS!
Please trust me on how important this is to your system. I’ve personally managed and healed my IBS with digestive enzymes and probiotics. Okay, let’s get into my favorite, protein frappucino. So yummy, clean and lean. Here’s my quick video on why I love it 🙂
Skinny Protein Frappucino:
This is a great way to get your caffeine boost and protein in at the same time. The wonderful part of Ora Organics is that you are also getting a lot of nutrients. Clean nutrients with a full amino acid profile. No chemicals, no artificial sweeteners and made in California. See this post for more details on the ingredients and nutrients.
The trick to making this so good is to freeze your coffee and almond milk (or milk of choice). This helps eliminate that icy texture.
Here’s the Ingredients:
2-3 Almond Milk Ice Cubes
3-4 Coffee Ice Cubes
2 Scoops Ora Organics
1/3 cup Almond Milk
Blend together, pour in your favorite to-go cup, and enjoy!
Skinny Chocolate Protein Milk Shake:
This is my favorite dessert protein shake. I sometimes make it thicker, with less almond milk for a pudding texture. So yummy!! The key to this is frozen bananas. They really cream up well, in addition to adding cocoa powder. The extra powder on top of the protein powder helps keep it thick.
2 Scoops Ora Organics Vanilla
2 TBSP of Cocoa Powder
1 Frozen banana
1/4 cup Almond Milk
Blend all these together and you have a skinny, protein chocolate milk shake that is so yummy! The cocoa powder gives a stronger chocolate taste, which helps cancel out the banana taste. If you don’t like a hint of banana, substitute half of the banana for 3 almond milk ice cubes.
I will be launching a very specialized program for postpartum mamas looking to heal, nourish and regain their strength.I really struggled healing after my first child, and even went through pelvic floor physical therapy for weeks to manage scar tissue that developed from tearing. I have experience studying nutrition, physical therapy and I taught Pilates, so I’ve put together a program I wish I would’ve followed from the beginning.
A program that first heals your body through specialized movements and nourishing foods. Foods are so essential to your body finding the nutrients it needs to put itself back together again. Your postpartum body needs special care in the first 4-6 weeks where you focus on regaining strength and properly fueling your body for breastfeeding.
This program then moves you into gaining physical fitness back. I will never forget the first time I tried to go for a run around 12 weeks postpartum after my first baby. I didn’t do any strength work, so I was literally jelly. I had lost all my extra fat and my previous muscle. So depressing. I was barely able to start gaining it back before I got pregnant and sick again with my second. I’ve learned so much on maintaining muscle postpartum through a unique diet and Pilates routines. I walk you through all of this too!
Lastly, I take you into a fitness and nutrition program to get your body back. This amps up your fitness routine into HIIT workouts, strength workouts and cardio to help you melt off those last pounds. I also walk you through proper food intake to encourage a healthy milk supply, while still burning extra fat as fuel. There is a very fine line to do this, but don’t worry, I’ve done it three times!!
I’m working on my edits to launch this program as soon as possible. I want it to be affordable, so all moms can heal there bodies and skip all the trouble I experienced. I didn’t realize, even with all my knowledge and training, how non-negotiable healing your postpartum body is before working on losing the weight.
Please sign up, so I can let you know as soon as the The Postpartum Cure is launched and ready!
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Here’s what other mamas have said about my solution:
“I’m on the 14 day clean eating part and already feel a change. I love that your program caters to nursing moms. These recipes are boosting my milk supply! Thanks again and can’t wait to use the new app!”
“As far as counting calories, yes that was so helpful!… it was an eye opener…But your concept of reducing ever so slightly and monitoring milk supply was so helpful! I have lost 6lbs-yay!- and have 12 more to go! I am encouraged for sure because it is usually not until I’m done nursing that I’m able to lose weight. So I’m all in for hopefully the rest of my life-on clean eating like this and exercise! Thanks so much for your help!!”
“Feeling GREAT on this program!!! It’s unbelievable how eating clean makes such a difference. Let me rephrase that…it’s amazing the difference eating nutrient dense foods makes! My skin is glowing and I’m already shedding pounds! I also tried the first workout today and did well although I had to modify a bit and omit the backwards burpee (I had cesarean just over a month ago and don’t quite feel ready for that exercise just yet but I will get there). Loving this plan! Thank you SO MUCH for tour help! Currently eating pictures lunch while writing this ”