Summer’s Comin’ Iced Coffee Protein Shake!
Now that the sun is shining, are you starting to think of those iced coffee drinks that taste so good going down, but feel so bad when you step on the scale the next day? Here’s a way to avoid those 800 calorie sugar blues while still enjoying designer coffee drinks. And get your protein while you’re at it!
*Low sugar and low carb whey isolate protein powder (use quantity
per individual caloric needs/read label)
1 cup coffee, caff or decaff
2 packets Sweet Leaf powdered stevia
1 Tbsp. coconut oil or olive oil
Extras to try: unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, flavored stevias or sugarless extracts like vanilla, coconut, almond.
Special treat: a small squirt of Land O’ Lakes canned whipped cream
(it has the least amount of junk in it, few calories, and tastes the best)
Put all ingredients in blender, except whipped cream, turn to high and you’ve got your meal and coffee in one delicious drink! Have a to go cup ready for quick exits.
Coffee made a few hours earlier or the night before and chilled in the fridge makes your beverage colder without needing as much ice, which dilutes it. If using hot coffee, you’ll need to make it about 50% stronger, and use enough ice to thoroughly chill.
If using coconut oil, it will form a creamy mass (think healthy whipped cream!) Don’t miss out on all those great nutrients: use a spoon to eat any residual coconut oil in your glass.
*Go Figure offers a very high quality protein powder that owner, Cheryl, has specifically selected to meet our program requirements. She makes a variety of flavors of shakes and has one every morning before work and loves them! Homemade shakes are worth the 3 minutes it takes to make, as they’re much more nutritious than the store-bought shakes.
Copyright David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2009
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Balsamic Dip for Protein and Veggies
This easy to prepare dip that doesn’t require any cooking was created by chef and Go Figure co-owner, David. When you’re looking for something simple to add flavor and healthy fats to your meal, here’s the ticket.
½ cup balsamic vinegar (Alessi brand is particularly flavorful and sold at most grocery stores nationwide)
¼ cup olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic
½ tsp. xanthan gum (thickener)
½ tsp. agave
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ cup water
Blend all ingredients in blender and you have a nice dip for cooked or raw veggies. It can also be drizzled on meat, seafood, or salads. This recipe will make enough for several servings, and leftovers can be stored in a jar in fridge for later use.
Copyright David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2013
Basil Lemon Shrimp
Another tasty dish from Go Figure chef/co-owner David MacDonald
This recipe is perfect for a summertime BBQ! It’s quick and easy to prep and only takes a few minutes to grill.
1 lb. peeled, thawed raw shrimp ½ tsp. salt
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice ¼ tsp. pepper
¼ cup olive oil 1 medium garlic clove, chopped
1 tsp. agave ½ small bunch fresh basil
Blend all ingredients in blender, except shrimp (that would be interesting!) Mix shrimp with blended sauce and marinate for about ½ hour. Cook on medium heat until done, about 5 minutes. Enjoy!
Please Note: Shrimp is only 28 calories/ounce, so to get 140 protein calories you would need to eat 5 ounces of shrimp. It’s important to get enough of it, along with your healthy fats and veggies, or you will go away feeling hungry after eating it.
Copyright David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2013
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*Another tasty recipe brought to you by Go Figure chef, David MacDonald
1 lb. chicken breast, cut into pieces ½ tsp. salt
1 sweet onion, cut into strips 1 tsp. garlic salt
½ bunch cilantro, chopped Bibb lettuce
4 Tbsp. olive oil 1 avocado, chopped
2 tsp. chili powder 1 large tomato, chopped
1 each red and yellow pepper, cut in strips
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (remove seeds if you don’t want it too hot)
Take 2 saute pans, about 10 inches large. Split olive oil between them.
In pan #1:
Saute chicken until almost done. Stir in 1 Tbsp. chili powder and salt and finish cooking chicken. Let sit.
In pan #2:
Add onions, jalapeno, and peppers. Saute until soft and stir in 1 tsp. chili powder and garlic salt.
Take individual pieces of Bibb lettuce, and add a small portion of chicken and pepper mix to each. Mix avocado, cilantro and tomato together and use as garnish. Enjoy!
(For variety, try replacing chicken with other proteins like beef or ground turkey.)
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Copyright David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2014