Meal Planning Monday ~ City Shake Down

Today’s post is by Bee Mandelberg of Style Island.

One of the most popular drinks or liquid meals to make in the summer is a cold, refreshing shake of some kind. Everyone has their own preference; some like a sweet concoction for a treat, while others go the more health or diet focused route. As for me, I always loved making fruit shakes. Growing up, my mom and I would go to the Union Square green market, buy all fresh fruits and veggies and then come home and try out different recipes.

Today, this industry has changed drastically and expanded leaps and bounds. Detoxes that include all kinds of veggie and fruit shakes are a dime and dozen, and there are all kinds of new things established that can turn into a drink. We blend kale, cucumbers, ginger, and become master chefs in our own kitchen, trying different blends, and seeing what tastes the best. Personally, I haven’t quite upgraded to the very expensive and ever popular Vitamix blender, but I have become a tad obsessed with trying new mixes. This summer I’ve spent many mornings like a mad scientist, putting things together from inspired Pinterest boards, and blending varied ingredients to see what different kinds of breakfast drinks I can create. While I am still mastering this, I have managed to come up with some delicious morning treats. Some only vary by a few ingredients, but it’s amazing how different they can taste, just by adding or removing one simple thing. In one week, I made a slightly different shake every day, and was surprised by just how much I could shake it up. Pun intended. Here are 5 recipes to try this week.
1. Strawberry orange semi protein shake.
1 cup orange juice. 1/4 cup frozen strawberries. 2 tbsp Greek yogurt. 1 tbsp flaxseed. pineapple chunks.
2. Banana protein shake.  Similar take on the first shake, but only with banana for a different kind of flavor. Flaxseed is optional, but good to add.
3. Strawberry banana shake. Again, a very slight variation can change the whole flavor and taste of the drink. Here, I put strawberries and banana together for a burst of fruit flavor, while taking away the Greek yogurt, which makes for a thicker shake.
4. Strawberry Protein shake. This is a more focused protein shake, because I added Protein Powder. (Not pictured). This makes for a great drink before or after a workout because it also acts as a meal. Add lemon for fat burning and detox factors and re-add the Greek yogurt for consistency and to complete the drink as meal substitute.
5. Strawberry Lemon Detox. The simplest of all the shakes, but with detox boosters and it tastes absolutely delicious! Just add fresh strawberries, half a lemon, 1 tbsp honey and lots of ice. Then enjoy!
Bee Mandelberg is a lifestyle blogger and writer at Style Island.
A New York City native, she adores rifling through her mom’s closet for vintage
clothes, pretending to be Parisian and obsessively watching horror movies. You
can find her carrying a Vogue in one hand, and a cappuccino in the
other.

Comments

  1. abhiphull says:

    Nice list of shakes, Strawberry orange semi protein shake, is new to me. I will try definitely that. Another one that can be added to list is Avocado shake with milk in it. I drink it every day. It keeps me full and it is very yummy too.

    Thanks