Thursday 9 November 2017

Clean, Healthy & Delicious Salted Caramel Freak Shake

   Freak shakes. Yup, I'm a little late, but that doesn't make it any less delicious. In truth, despite how amazing some of them looked, I was afraid of trying one - all that sugar, mostly. But I figured, when I started eating more carbs again (and I'm feeling so good because of it), that I would give it a try, but I'd try to make a healthier one. And, when it came down to it, it wasn't that hard at all.
   I decided to keep it simple, though, by using my favourite protein shake as a base, and thickening it with bio-live yogurt rather than cream, and topping it with things a little kinder to the waistline.
   Sure, this healthy freak shake doesn't compare to some of the more incredible ones out there, but don't be fooled. It's delicious, salted caramel, and it's good for you.

   Using a protein shake, I've got a good, thick and delicious base. By using bio-live yogurt, I've thickened it and made creamier, and added more protein and live cultures (probiotics), which is great for gut health. This basically makes a velvety shake. But then topped with whipped cream, some Graze honeycomb protein topper and sweet potato brownies (don't scoff until you've tried it) from Skinny Bakery, it became something else entirely. And it's so filling! It was a perfect Sunday morning breakfast, to be honest. And we all know I've become a breakfast enthusiast. Why? Well, I figured it out: warm, fruity porridges, warm canvas cakes with cold yogurts and toppings, freak shakes. My breakfast is like dessert, except it's completely guilt-free.
   So join me with this super healthy, high protein, salted caramel freak shake with added probiotics and give your day a decadently supercharged start!

Serves 1; 300 calories, 30.5g protein, 20g carbs; rich in probiotics.
300ml water
1 scoop protein powder (PhD Diet Whey, salted caramel)
150g fat-free greek yogurt (Yeo Valley bio-live)
12.5g full-fat whipped cream (Anchor)
1/3 punnet honeycomb & almond protein topper (Graze)
1 sweet potato brownie (Skinny Bakery)

Optional: Decorated with white chocolate stars, fixed in place with melted chocolate, and Dr Oetker's edible gold lustre spray. All decorations were edible, but I chose not to eat them and so haven't added them to the nutritional information.

1. Combine the water and protein powder in a shaker bottle and mix like you usually would, then spoon in the yogurt and shake again until incorporated. Alternatively, mix the water and protein powder in a jug with an electric whisk to ensure incorporation, then add the yogurt and mix again.

2. Prepare your toppings - chop, separate, etc.

3. Pour the yogurt protein mix into a decorated jar (I used a 500ml jar), then top with whipped cream and sprinkle the toppings. Serve immediately.

As above, minus star decorations
282 cals, 7g fat (2g saturated), 23g carbs (16g sugar), 1.5g fibre, 31.5g protein


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