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Copycat Orange Berry Blitz

Jamba Juice and I go way back. My favorite female cousin introduced me to the place when I was about 12-13 and treated both me and my brother to whatever we wanted there. The two of us have extremely similar tastes in food, which rears its ugly head most often at sushi buffets, because without fail, one of us will pick up pile on pieces of sushi onto our plate in the exact order that the other would’ve taken them. It’s a good thing he’s one of my best friends. :O But back to my derailed story, we both ended up picking Orange Zinger (now known as Orange Berry Blitz and also no longer on the menu, although if you ask, they usually know how to make it).

It was love at first cup, and although I’ve since tried a bunch of the other flavors, Orange Berry Blitz will always be my favorite.

This is, of course, before I moved to a land where it doesn’t exist (alright, fine, the closest one is 107.22 miles away–yes, I really did just check) and also stopped being able to afford $5+ drinks (I miss when they were ~$3.50; those were the days!). As with most things in life, I’ve learned to make do with what I have.

Whilst boards-studying earlier this month, I was making a smoothie for myself. As per usual, I was trying to use up ingredients in the fridge, and bam! A wayyyy cheaper and healthier version of my favorite drink was born. It was a happy accident, and now that I’ve found the ingredients for the real thing, it makes sense why the taste is so similar. :] I threw in protein powder (think of it as one of their protein “boosts”!), but that’s entirely up to you.

I unfortunately didn’t think to take a picture of the first one I made (well, I did, but more on that later, I guess), so that first one actually came out looking way more similar than the one I actually took a picture of (the pineapple-mango-strawberry ratio in the bag I used wasn’t entirely even). This makes a gigantic cup! (I poured it into a mason jar so it’d look a little more presentable.)

Copycat Orange Berry Blitz

Ingredients:
-1 1/2 cups Private Selection Tropical Smoothie Blend (Kroger’s fancy way of saying pineapples, mangos + strawberries)
-1/2 cup frozen blueberries
-1/2 cup Fage Greek yogurt
-1 cup orange juice
-1 scoop unflavored protein powder

Instructions:
1) Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth!

Peppermint Patty, that’s not for you!

This is why I couldn’t really showcase the first one I made. :/ This is all that was left by the time I thought about taking a picture.

Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake

I made this after Tetris-ing a whole lot of boxes/bags and the like into a car and a moving van. (The guys were moving all my stuff to Kentucky for me because I was stuck in Lewisburg studying, so I figured the least I could do would be to help them stuff everything in.)

Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake

Ingredients:
-3/4 cup Homestead Creamery chocolate milk (any type of chocolate milk would do)
-1/2 cup frozen kale
-1/4 cup frozen cherries
-1 scoop unflavored protein powder (you could probably use chocolate)
-1 banana

Instructions:
1) Add all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth!

Can you tell that I played Tetris as a child? This is basically what happens when you try to combine the refrigerators of two foodies. :x

Coconut Date Protein Shake

Once upon a time, Kroger decided to mark down a whole bunch of their Liberte coconut yogurt (25 cents each! :O!). I’m a huge fan of sales and yogurt, so I bought a bunch of em’. :x Ever since, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to incorporate them into recipes (I’d like to try making curry with it, but I’m still in contemplation on whether or not that would turn out well). Since I’m still on my grocery ban (I really, really need to finish off the stuff in my apartment so there’s less to pack when I move to Kentucky), I figured I might as well continue with this whole eat-everything-in-my-apartment crusade. I need to start actually contributing to church potlucks. :O

I discovered the concept of date shakes from Lappert’s Ice Cream in Sausalito, California, but could not justify spending $5 on a drink, so I decided to make my own!

For the record, unless myfitnesspal is lying (which I don’t think it is, since I checked the labels), this thing is a frighteningly deceiving calorie-bomb and should probably be used as a meal replacement or post-workout recovery drink. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. :O (At least they’re good fats?)

Coconut Date Protein Shake

~553 calories, 77g CHO’s, 17g fats, 28g protein, 5g fiber, 322mg sodium.

Ingredients:
-7 dates, pitted + coarsely chopped
-4/5 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-6 oz. coconut yogurt
-1 scoop Designer Whey vanilla protein powder

Instructions:
1) Chop dates and put in container with milk and protein powder. Refrigerate for ~10 minutes.
2) Scoop in the coconut yogurt.
3) Blend until smooth.
4) Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Oreo Milkshake

I love cookies & creme as an ice cream flavor and kinda wanted some the other night, but my freezer is out of space, and I honestly don’t remember the last time I bought ice cream, so I decided to make a healthier version! :O Recipe adapted from here! I may try making healthy Oreos someday because I think I actually have everything I need to make it, but…today is not that day.

Oreo Milkshake

338 calories, 43g CHO’s, 6g fat, 27g protein, 5g fiber, 531mg sodium

Ingredients:
-1 frozen banana
-3 heaping tbsp MLO super high protein powder
-1 cup vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
-6 mini oreos, crumbled

Instructions:
1) Blend all ingredients (other than the cookies) together.
2) Crumble cookies on top!

Chocolate Coffee Protein Shake

My coffee consumption has increased quite a bit since I started hanging out with my current study buddies. (We generally all study alone but in the general vicinity of each other and then convene a day or two before exam days to drill everything under the sun.) I usually bring more than enough food for myself, so I keep them fed too, and they get me coffee, make me protein shakes/sandwiches, or buy me food. :O

I’m not actually too big on caffeine though, so my coffee consumption is a whole lot lower. It takes me about 5(?) days to get through a ~20 oz cup, so I took to blending a little into my smoothie each morning. :O It turned out really well and is especially useful for super-long days (helps me stay awake/keep focused)! I only have chocolate protein powder right now, but I imagine this would be great with vanilla as well. I need to find more sources of inexpensive and awesome protein powder.

Chocolate Coffee Protein Shake

Before I mixed it all up!

Ingredients:
–5 oz coffee
-1/2 banana
-1 tsp chia seeds
-1 tsp hemp seeds
-16 frozen mango chunks
-10 frozen raspberries
-small handful of blueberries (~10)
-1 scoop 100% whey concentrated + isolated chocolate whey protein

Instructions:
1) Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth!

Aerial view!