Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes Review and Recipe

Let’s talk about my favorite macronutrient…protein.

Protein is absolutely essential to your daily diet.

With my busy lifestyle, I often find it hard to get enough protein at breakfast, lunch, or during my snacks and often find myself compensating for my lack of protein by trying to consume it all at dinner.

This is no bueno.

Luckily Skinnygirl has come out with these new Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes to help us reap some of the benefits of added protein:

 Metabolism: Protein speeds up your metabolism because the body uses more calories to break down protein compared to fat or carbohydrates.

Oxygen: Protein carries oxygen throughout our bodies.

Immunity: Protein provides antibodies to protect us from infections.

Maintain Healthy Weight: Protein helps you feel full and satisfied. Research suggests getting 30% of calories from protein may help curb appetite.

Muscle Health: Getting protein in our bodies within 30 minutes after exercise supports lean muscle growth and recovery.

So, how much protein do we really need?

To calculate your protein needs use this formula:

Weight (lb.) x .38 = Grams of protein needed/day

The recommended dietary allowance for protein is 46 grams/day for the average woman.

We can achieve this by getting at least 25-30 grams of protein from a total of 3 meals and 10-15 grams of protein from 1-2 snacks daily.

The truth is: We all snack A LOT, and we should, but let’s all make an effort to snack wisely. This allows us to avoid consuming our energy from sugary snacks or not even snacking at all which can make us feel tired in the middle of the day.

This is not fun.

WE NEED ENERGY. Good energy and good protein.

I got the chance to try the newest product from the Skinnygirl line…Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes, a few weeks ago.

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Each 11.5 oz. bottle has 80 calories, 0g sugar, and 12 grams of protein. Plus, they are gluten-free and low fat.

With these amazing nutritional facts, I was flooooooored.

The Rich Chocolate Brownie flavor was ultra creamy, with the perfect chocolate flavor, not too intense and the perfect cold snack after a hot, humid run here in Texas. It literally tasted like I was drinking dessert…only a healthy dessert

The Vanilla Bean Sundae held true to it’s name…it tastes just like vanilla bean ice cream. All you need is a cherry on top.

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I was absolutely wowed by how good these protein shakes were.

Very impressive Skinnygirl.

These Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes are available at Walmart and Skinnygirldaily.com and will be coming to other retailers soon.

The shakes come in a 4-pack and are $5.78 at Walmart.

Now, let’s get creative.

You can actually use these protein shakes in just about any recipe that calls for milk or liquid.

Let’s bake.

More specifically, let’s put that Vanilla Bean Sundae protein shake into banana bread.

Vanilla Bean Protein Banana Bread.

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BOOM!

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This banana bread is spiced with cinnamon and packs an extra protein punch with the sweet taste of vanilla from the protein shake.

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Plus, it’s gluten-free and has pecans for an added crunch!

So get to a store near you and try these shakes, and try my recipe below. Share in your excitement by following Skinnygirl Daily on Facebook and hashtagging your posts with #SkinnygirlProtein

Vanilla Bean Protein Banana Bread
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Recipe type: Bread, Quick Bread
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
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Serves: 9
 
Melt in your mouth banana bread made with Skinnygirl Vanilla Bean Sundae Tasty Protein Shake and pecans, and spiced with cinnamon . Vanilla + cinnamon + protein for a tasty and healthy spin on the traditional banana bread. Gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ c. egg whites
  • ½ c. Skinnygirl Vanilla Bean Sundae Tasty Protein Shake
  • ½ c. granulated stevia
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ½ c. raw pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bananas through the baking soda until combined.
  3. Stir in the cinnamon, salt, and coconut flour until combined.
  4. Fold in the pecans.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is lightly golden.
  6. Let cool and slice into even squares.

 MANGIA!!!

Skinny Girl Snack Swap 2.0 Review and Giveaway!

Y’all…I apologize for the lack of posting over the past couple of weeks.

I have been staying in tip top shape running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

My days usually look something like this: eat breakfast, workout, eat lunch, school, internship, eat dinner, sleep.

Pretty much.

Let’s just say I am glad I even have time to eat.

Eating is super important to me and when I’m on the go, it can be extremely stressful and difficult to eat a good meal.

I am a three meals a day kind of person, but I still have hunger pangs mid-afternoon.

That’s where my healthy snacks come in handy.

Because I have a sweet tooth, it is often hard to turn down anything dessert-like. However, I can usually satisfy most of my cravings with healthier options.

This usually involves a banana w/ smear of peanut butter or cashew butter, or Greek yogurt, with fresh fruit, cinnamon, and a bit of stevia mixed in.

Or, I go for my ultimate snack: toasted coconut over a sliced banana with a bit of cocoa powder.

Guess what? My snacking woes just got sooooooo much easier.

Last year I posted about the Skinnygirl Snack Swap.

Basically, Skinnygirl encourages women to swap out their snacks for healthier options with the Skinnygirl Snack Swap Campaign.

Yes, you just have to swap one of your snacks for a healthier snack…it’s that easy.

But wait…Skinnygirl has it’s own Skinnygirl Snack Swap website which features playful tools that ask users to choose their favorite snack, and then personally picks healthier options  to match that craving.

Oh, yes, that is awesome technology.

Well, that was version 1.0.

Allow me to introduce you to the even bigger and better Skinnygirl Snack Swap version 2.0.

Everything is the same with the interactive tools.

The main difference between the previous and new version is that Skinnygirl has added 27 new recipes
that match the flavor profiles of their Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars!

This means that you can find flavor profiles that match the Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Bar, the Dark Chocolate Multigrain Pretzel Bar, the Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt Bar, the Lemon Swirl Bar, the Dark Chocolate Almond with Coconut Bar, and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar.

I know…it’s pretty amazing.

The site has a variety of nutritionist-approved healthy snack swap recipes.

Plus, you can join in on the fun by participating in the snack swap through social media.

Just use the #sgsnackswap hashtag on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to let us know that you have chosen to snack healthier.

Here’s the best part.

There is a giveaway.

Yes, I know…Skinnygirl is pretty awesome.

Y’all this Skinnygirl Snack Swap is legit.

I chose a recipe to try from the snack swap and it was crazy good.

I had to stick to my coconut + dark chocolate guns and go with this flavor profile.

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I mean, just look at that chocolate goodness.

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Yes, that is a brownie.

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That chocolate frosting is seriously the icing on the cake.

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It’s made with avocado.

Don’t be scared.

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It’s a genius idea + it adds a healthy dose of good fat.

Did I mention these things are paleo, gluten-free, and grain-free?

What!?

To enter the GIVEAWAY  to win an assortment of Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars:

1). Follow Skinnygirl Daily on Facebook.

2). Try your own Snack Swap and share the swap on Skinnygirl’s Facebook page , Twitter, or Instagram and use the #SGsnackswap.

3). Follow Mangia on Facebook or Twitter.

4). Post about the giveaway on Twitter: “I just entered to win a box of @SkinnygirlDaily Tasty Nutrition Bars on Mangia @misschelsmangia, enter now !”

PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT BELOW FOR EACH ENTRY. 

Happy Entering!

This giveaway is now over, the winner was Jordan Dunne!

I will contact the winner shortly to claim his/her prize!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Coconut Almond Brownies
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Recipe type: Brownies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 16
 
A rich, melt in your mouth chocolate brownies topped w/ shaved coconut and sliced almonds. Gluten-free, paleo, grain-free. These “paleo”­inspired brownies use coconut flour, which contains significant amounts of fiber and protein, and are sweetened with maple syrup. The frosting is loaded with healthy fats since its base is an unlikely food – avocado! And to top it all off, the nutrient­ packed almond­ coconut topping gives a satisfying texture contrast to the fudginess of the brownies.
Ingredients
  • Brownies
  • ∙ ½ cup less 1 Tbsp coconut flour (50 g)
  • ∙ ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ∙ ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ∙ 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ∙ ½ tsp salt
  • ∙ ½ tsp baking soda
  • ∙ 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • ∙ ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ∙ 1 tsp coconut extract
  • Frosting
  • ∙ 1 ripe avocado
  • ∙ ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ∙ ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • Topping
  • ∙ ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ∙ ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ∙ Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300ºF and grease an 8x8 or 9x9 glass baking dish (8x8 or 9x9).
  2. Mix together all ingredients either by hand, with an electric mixer or with a high­speed
  3. blender.
  4. Pour into the baking dish and bake for 30-­35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the
  5. center comes out clean.
  6. Add all of the frosting ingredients to a food processor and pulse to combine. Continue to pulse until the mixture is smooth and fudgy, scraping down the sides as needed.
  7. In a hot, dry skillet, add the ingredients for the topping. Toast until brown and fragrant.
  8. Be careful; coconut burns quickly.
  9. When the brownies have cooled completely, top them with the frosting and then sprinkle with toasted coconut and almonds.
  10. Slice and serve or store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 170 Fiber: 4g Protein: 4g

MANGIA!!!

 

 

 

 

Skinnygirl Snack Swap Review and Giveaway!

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Skinnygirl. 

Y’all.

I can’t even begin to explain my absence last week.

I have been super busy with school and well…life.

Last week was one of those weeks that I was soooooo busy I didn’t even have time to do my hair.

It was a pony tail week.

Ick.

Not to mention, the fact that I still don’t have transportation after my car was totaled in a wreck a couple of months ago.

Let’s just say that I never thought that my 20 year-old cousin would have to drop me off at school…at least I’m obtaining my second degree.

That makes me feel better.

I have been driving my dad’s 1990 suburban around on occasion and the one day I do…it decides to get a flat tire.

I don’t mean like a little flat…I mean a fall off the rim flat.

Oh, and this all happened while I was helping my best friend shop for a dress to wear to her upcoming baby shower.

So, there we were, sitting in her car, with the air on full blast, waiting in the Texas heat for my dad to drive from work to change the spare.

Dear Lord.

By the end of that day, I was famished.

I hadn’t had time to have my usual afternoon snack and was contemplating eating my arm off.

I’m the type of person that has to snack.

Plus, because I am all about health, and back in school to become a registered dietician, I am always on the lookout for quick, healthy, snacks that I can eat on the go.

So, basically, my main dilemma when it comes to snacking is time…I’m ALWAYS on the go, often never having a chance to stop what I’m doing for a quick snack.

However, I lovveeeeee to snack, and when I do, I crave both sweet and salty things, it just depends on how I’m feeling that day.

Because I have a sweet tooth, it is often hard to turn down anything with a peanut butter/chocolate combination for me. However, I can usually satisfy most of my cravings with healthier options.

This usually involves a banana w/ smear of peanut butter or cashew butter, or Greek yogurt, with fresh fruit, cinnamon, and a bit of stevia mixed in.

Guess what? My snacking woes just got sooooooo much easier.

Thanks to Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars.

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Y’all…let’s talk about why you should love Skinnygirl as much as I do.

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1). Seriously…a nutrition bar under 170 calories with protein and fiber…sign me up!

2). There are three AHHHHHMAZING flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter (you know this was my fave), Dark Chocolate Pretzel, and Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate.

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3). They are GLUTEN-FREE (duh 😉 ), kosher, and contain absolutely no artificial flavors or ingredients. This is a win-win-win situation.

4). You can buy them at a variety of major retailers (Targert, Bed Bath and Beyond) or on www.skinnygirldaily.com

Plus, they gave me this super cute Skinnygirl v-neck and headband!

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Now, let’s talk about the SUPER important part that Skinnygirl wants to include you in!

Throughout the month of September, Skinnygirl is hosting their very own Skinnygirl Snack Swap.

So, what is the Skinnygirl Snack Swap?

All September, Skinnygirl is encouraging women to swap out their snacks for healthier options with the Skinnygirl Snack Swap Campaign.

Yes, you just have to swap one of your snacks for a healthier snack…it’s that easy.

But wait…Skinnygirl has it’s own Skinnygirl Snack Swap website which features playful tools that ask users to choose their favorite snack, and then personally picks healthier options  to match that craving.

Oh, yes, that is awesome technology.

The site has a variety of nutritionist-approved healthy snack swap recipes.

Plus, you can join in on the fun by participating in the snack swap through social media.

Just use the #sgsnackswap hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to let us know that you have chosen to snack healthier.

Here’s the best part.

There are prizes.

Yes, I know…Skinnygirl is pretty awesome.

For each snack shared on any social media outlet, participants (that’s y’all) will receive an entry for a chance to win a 1,000 SHOPPING SPREE AT TARGET!

You can learn more about entering here.

Y’all this Skinnygirl Snack Swap is legit.

I chose a recipe to try from the snack swap and it was OUT OF THIS WORLD delicious.

I was craving something sweet (as usual), and had some chia seeds on hand (great source of protein and very filling) so I made the Creamy Banana Chia Pudding.

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It definitely hit the spot!

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Sweet and creamy!

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BUT WAIT…first you can enter the GIVEAWAY here on my blog to win an assortment of Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars.

Here’s how to ENTER:

1). Follow Skinnygirl Daily on Facebook.

2). Try your own Snack Swap and share the swap on Skinnygirl’s Facebook page.

PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT BELOW FOR EACH ENTRY. 

If you would like to try the Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bar’s right away, Skinnygirl is offering $1 off any item on the Skinnygirl website. Just use the coupon code SNACKSWAP5 at checkout.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED: The WINNER is April who said:

I shared my nacho swap! Avocado toast? Yes, please.

Creamy Banana Chia Pudding
Author: 
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Naturally sweetened bananas, combined with almond milk, and protein-packed chia seeds for a creamy, guilt-less snack.
Ingredients
  • 1 large, ripe banana
  • ½ c. vanilla almond milk (I used unsweetened, vanilla coconut milk)
  • 2 T. chia seeds
  • dash of pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place banana and milk in a food processor or blender and process until smooth with no chunks.
  2. Add chia seeds and process a couple of times so that they are evenly distributed.
  3. Add a dash of vanilla extract and process a couple of more times so that it gets mixed in.
  4. Pour into a container and chill in the refrigerator at least one hour.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 255 Fiber: 14g Protein: 8g

MANGIA!!!