Friday, July 5, 2013

Tropical Lime Protein Shake

I love tropical drinks and foods.  I love a good, ice cold protein shake.  I love limes and coconuts.  I love listening to good music while swimming at the pool and I love the smell of my suntan lotion mixed with the ocean breeze while jumping waves at the beach.  

So what could be better than a tropical lime protein shake in the summer?  Having one by the pool or at a beach (but I was working from home and had to "suffer").   :)

I threw this concoction together today and it rocked my world!  It came to 490 calories which is a little more than I would normally consume in one shake.  In the future, I will opt for skim milk or water and skip the cream of coconut, which is probably more sugar than I need.  I can always use coconut extract in its place.  

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!  And I love to hear your ideas on ways to make it better!

Tropical Lime Protein Shake

1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder 
1 cup Dole tropical mixed fruit 
1 cup milk 
1 tbsp Cream of Coconut
1 tbsp honey
Juice of 1/2 lime, or whole, to taste

1 pinch coconut flakes 

Add first six ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour in a glass and top with coconut flakes and sprinkles for fun!

* For my shake I used CVS brand protein powder (150 calories, 2g sugar, 26g protein); Dole tropical mixed fruit (70 calories); 2% milk (120 calories), Coco Real Cream of Coconut (30 calories); Cooper's honey (60 calories); fresh lime juice (15 calories); coconut flakes (30 calories); sprinkles (5 calories).  
Total: 490 calories




  1. I've switched to Almond Milk (vanilla flavor tastes better than plain) & I feel it's better for you overall. Just a small tip!

    1. SO SMART!! I bought some light vanilla soy milk and it made my smoothie so much better and I really liked the taste, not to mention fewer calories!! Thanks for inspiring me!

  2. I agree about the almond milk - there are some really great non-dairy "milks" out there now. Almond, soy, rice, coconut...any would work in this recipe.

    If you're a skim milk drinker, the original unsweetened almond milk is a perfect substitute to pour over cereal(same flavor and thickness). Jason was a 1% or 2% milk drinker and prefers vanilla almond milk, it's a bit thicker.

    1. See above - thank YOU for inspiring me, too!!!