One day after a workout, I let one of the kids at the Vent Fitness counter talk me into a peanut butter cup protein shake. It sounded like it would be loaded with sugar and fat (good fat, if there is such a thing), and that was perfect for the way I was feeling after that awesome workout. It was ridiculously awesome and stayed on my mind for a long time after I had it.
I thought about how I could recreate it at home or work with stuff I had access to.
To give it a shot, I threw together 8 oz of water, 2 oz of ice, 1 TBSP natural peanut butter, 1 TBSP chia seeds, 1 scoop of Isopure vanilla protein powder, and a packet of no sugar added hot cocoa powder (which we have just laying around at work).
I whizzed that together until the peanut butter stopped coating the sides of my blender. It took like 40 seconds or so.
I almost nailed the flavor of the one I ordered at the gym. Mine was missing the sweetness, and I don’t believe the kid who said there’s no plain sugar added to the shake. It actually kept me full for a while; I suspect that was because of the peanut butter and chia seeds.
The upside to doing this myself is cost. A scoop of protein powder comes out to a little less than a buck, so I think assembling this whole thing took about $1.50 worth of ingredients ($2 if I had to buy the cocoa mix). That’s better than the $5 (with my VIP discount!) shake at the gym, and saving money is a great thing!