Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake (Paleo, GF, DF)

I have two smoothies in rotation at the moment.  I'll be posting the other one soon but my favorite one is this chilly chocolate cherry goodness.  I recently started having a shake before I work out and I can't believe how much better I preform.  Seriously, in kickboxing class I have so much more energy and am able to finish all my reps.  So much better than before, when I exercised on an empty stomach.  I like that the smoothie is quick to make, quick to consume, tastes good and is full of protein.  

Makes one serving. 

Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake

1/2 cup frozen pitted cherries

handful baby spinach leaves

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 cup liquid (coconut milk, coconut water or tap water)

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.  

Protein Shake

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As spring and summer (shorts and sandals!) weather approaches I've been making an effort to be a little more healthy and get some exercise.  This is a shake I like to make and I drink half before a workout (for a little fuel) and the rest after in hopes the protein in it will help put my tired muscles back together.   

The protein powder i use is Whey to Go by Solgar.  I like it the best but any brand is fine.   

Serves 1 and is about 210 calories.  If you count those.  

Strawberry Banana Protein Shake

1/2 of a banana, peeled

about 4 frozen strawberries

1/2 cup fat free milk

1 serving/scoop protein powder (chocolate or vanilla) 

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.