This Thin Mint Protein Shake comes in at under 250 calories, contains a whopping 38 grams of protein, and is only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving!
I know, I’ve been a little MIA lately. I spent a good portion of February with a cold/flu, which is the third time since October I’ve had the same junk. And as I spent my days sucking on throat drops, downing hot tea, and generally feeling miserable, I came to a conclusion: I need to spend a bit more time taking care of me. Between work, Doodle’s karate schedule, the blog, and trying to fit in all of the other stuff I have to do (i.e.: laundry, groceries, trying to tame the havoc left behind by a 6-year old boy, sleeping on occasion), there wasn’t much time left over for me. And like most women, I tend to put my own needs at the bottom of the list.
And then I realized – I can’t take care of anyone else if I’m not taking care of myself first.
I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I decided one of the things I need to do for me is to make some changes to my eating habits – not an easy prospect when you’re a food blogger. Don’t worry, I’m not going to totally change the focus of my blog, but I am going to share some of my “healthier” recipes with you here and there – if only so that I’m not tempted to eat so many cakes and brownies during photo shoots.
And because I am a long-time Weight Watchers participant, I’m going to do my best to calculate points to go along with some of the recipes I share.
I always, always, always eat breakfast (typically oatmeal), but it doesn’t
always ever keep me full all morning. As a result, I end up snacking on other stuff (junk) until lunchtime – and when you work a sedentary job, that’s not a good combination. Lately, I’ve been mixing up protein shakes in the morning. I used to think protein powder was primarily for weightlifters, but I’ve found a scoop in my morning smoothies really does helps keep me full. I’ve been trying some various flavor combinations, and right now, this Thin Mint version is at the top of my list.
- ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate pudding mix
- ⅛ teaspoon mint extract
- ½ cup water
- ice cubes - I like my shakes thick, so I use 10-12; adjust to your preference
- Combine all ingredients in blender and pulse until desired consistency is reached.
Note: calorie count and points plus values do not include whipped cream or cookies.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist; these nutrition facts are based on my best estimates based on the products I used in creating this recipe. Since I’m currently counting points on Weight Watchers, I’m calculating this information for my personal use. Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients, etc. This site is not a substitute for the services of a trained health professional. The nutritional information above is for informational purposes only.