One bit of rhetoric that I cannot stand from a lot of individuals in the Fitness and related communities is the idea that, if you want to be healthier, then you shouldn’t eat any sugar. Of course, what they really mean is that you shouldn’t eat junk food or foods that are overly sweet. But none-the-less the rhetoric is just as ridiculous.
I spent 3 years losing over 70 pounds. One thing I refused to give up was my Icecream- among a few other treats- and I refused to consider them a “guilty pleasure” of any sort. To me, food it just food. What matters isn’t necessarily always what you eat, but how much of it you do… And when it comes to Sugar, not even a fitness nut is exempt from a visit from the Sweet Tooth.
One of my favorites that I used to make all the time was a “Birthday Cake” protein shake. It not only helped me cool down after a good workout, but also provided the Protein I needed and the Sugar that I craved. Additionally, it’s extremely versatile in the fact that you can experiment with flavors by simply using different flavored protein powders, different extracts, and even flavored almond milks if whole milk wasn’t your thing.
Cake Batter Protein Shake
- 1 cup cake batter or birthday cake flavored icecream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 Scoops of Vanilla protein powder
- ½ tsp butter extract
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend. Add more milk if you desire a thinner consistency. Once you’ve perfected the thickness of your shake, poor it into serving glass, top with sprinkles (optional), and enjoy!