Five Healthy Sources of Protein and Chocolate Protein “Frosty”

protein chocolate frosty

source: Alta Mantsch

I’m generally a fan of obtaining protein from natural, whole foods sources. After all, that’s what our body will recognize as food, right? But sometimes, we fall into a rut, and the same old protein options seem…boring. Personally, as much I love eggs, or tuna, or chicken, there are times I just cannot get excited about another hard-boiled egg for breakfast.

This is when I start to get creative. After all, there are healthy protein sources out there that aren’t just meat, eggs, or dairy – we just don’t always think about them. Some great sources of protein include:

  • Nut butters, such as peanut or almond butter - around 8 grams of protein per serving.
  • Greens, such as spinach or kale – 5-7 grams per cup of cooked greens.
  • Quinoa - 9 grams per cup.
  • Beans and lentils – depending on the variety, between 13 and 18 grams per cup.
  • Protein powders – if you shop around, many of the brands out there carry a respectable ingredient list. (Some are highly processed and have somewhat skeptical ingredients.) My favorites are Vega, Plant Fusion, and Sunwarrior. They are all gluten-free and taste pretty good. While I prefer getting most of my protein from whole foods, I feel these protein powders are a good way to keep the variety.

In fact, if you’re craving sweets on a hot day, this protein “frosty” might be just the change of pace you need. It’s a cinch to whip up in the blender, and really satisfies the urge for a cool, creamy, frosty treat. In fact, I might consider making this my new favorite post-workout “snack”!

protein chocolate frosty 2

source: Alta Mantsch

Chocolate Protein “Frosty”

Makes 1 large frosty

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon guar or xanthan gum (optional, but will add to the creaminess factor)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 12-15 ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Place everything in a blender and blend, scraping down the sides as needed, until the ice is chopped finely and everything is smooth.
  2. Enjoy immediately.

What are some of your favorite sources of protein?

profile-photo-BW1
Alta is the founder of the gluten-free, dairy-free blog, Tasty Eats At Home. Even without gluten and dairy, Alta can show you that meals can be simple and healthy, and treats such as cake, bread, and cookies can be mouth-watering! Her goal is to share with you delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free food that can bring your heart joy and nourish your body, one recipe at a time.

Read all of Alta’s posts here.

15 Responses to Five Healthy Sources of Protein and Chocolate Protein “Frosty”

  • Maggie says:

    Yum! This frosty is right up my alley! I’m curious about adding the gum to it too.

    [Reply]

    Alta Mantsch Reply:

    @Maggie, Maggie – it’s delish! The gum just seems to make it less icy and more creamy. Learned that little trick from Kelly of Spunky Coconut with her ice creams. ;-)

    [Reply]

  • Dropping everything and heading for the Vitamix! Sounds so refreshing! And I’ve been craving chocolate! :P

    [Reply]

    Alta Mantsch Reply:

    @Heather @Gluten-Free Cat, Hope you love it! I’m craving one today too!

    [Reply]

  • Kim says:

    That looks like a treat my whole family could get behind! Thanks, Alta!

    [Reply]

    Alta Mantsch Reply:

    @Kim, Thanks, Kim! I hope they enjoy it!

    [Reply]

  • I was in at “chocolate,” but everything about this post is great! I love that you included greens in your list of protein sources. We often forget that they are so nutrient dense, both on a macro and micro level. :)

    [Reply]

    Alta Mantsch Reply:

    @Hallie @ Daily Bites, Definitely! Gotta give the greens the love they deserve!

    [Reply]

  • Alisa says:

    Love this recipe Alta! I make a similar “protein” shake but have never thought to add xanthan gum. I bet that thickens it nicely, and probably has a better taste than psyllium!

    [Reply]

    Alta Mantsch Reply:

    @Alisa, Definitely! I can’t imagine “hiding” psyllium!

    [Reply]

  • Carrie says:

    I add maca powder and it seems to thicken the smoothie, and the nuttiness of the maca is a nice complement to the cacao/cocoa. I also toss in a half of an avocado, too, sometimes — lots of good fat and really ups the creaminess!

    [Reply]

    Alta Mantsch Reply:

    @Carrie, Carrie – I love avocado as a creamy addition to a smoothie too!

    [Reply]

  • Megan S says:

    I made this soon after seeing the recipe and enjoyed it out on the porch. It satisfied my chocolate craving and made me happy! This is my new favorite drink :)

    [Reply]

  • Carol says:

    Yum! This is perfcet for our hot, hot weather!

    [Reply]

  • Angela Elliott says:

    Could I use hemp protein or pea protein from pulsin? Obvkously won’t gaste so nice but here in England I don’t think I can get vanilla flavour protein. Perhaps I cpuld add some vanilla extract.

    [Reply]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

BundleoftheWeek.com, 5 eBooks for $7.40!
Recent Comments

+ Get code for this badge


Enter your email address to subscribe to TBP's blog feed:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Real Time Analytics