“Peppermint Patty’s Protein, well…Whatever Creation”

aka Jody’s Frozen Thin Mint Treat

It’s that time of year again – when everything begins to look and feel more green. As a matter of fact, the most intimidating of sales forces begins to multiply and show up in droves at the fronts of grocers and mini-malls, in church halls and neighborhoods, wearing their greens with a plethora of cookie sales badges that could weigh them down as much as the calories they’re hoping to add to your dietary intake. If you’ve not encountered one of these midget gangs of temptresses, then your region has undoubtedly been Girl Scout-deprived. For those of you trying to figure out how to deal with those dozen boxes of thin mints in your freezer and still consider yourself healthy, let me assist…

A Word first from my treat’s namesake, Peppermint Patty:
“Subtraction is the awful feeling that you know less today than you did yesterday.”

(Or maybe it’s the great feeling that you have less fat today than you did yesterday!)

I’m big into protein supplements – but NEVER where you feel the need to throw a chunk of foul-smelling powder into a shaker-cup with some water and hold your nose to get it down. Yuk! That’ll last about 3 times max, for most of us, and then we’re just going to the freezer for the sleeve of thin mints.

So here’s a better option for you to get your protein in, along with your thin mints – and convince yourself to make the cookies last for the year (until the Girl Scout pack comes around again next spring to refill your stock).

Admittedly, this is a TREAT for me. (It’s more caloric intake than I normally allow myself for one protein shake.) You’re going to have to consider your caloric needs and adjust accordingly.

Preparation Preface:

I use an instant blender cup to mix this “milkshake substitute” (because I hate doing dishes & this blender cup serves a dual “serve-it-up-on-the-fly” purpose)…but, as always – this is YOUR treat. You can use a full-size blender and your own fancy glass to make it more special. 😉

I’ve calculated the calories & grams of protein for you (according to the measurements provided & the brands I had on hand to use. If I’ve specified brands of products, this means these counts could drastically change, so you may need to recalculate based on your stock). Sorry – you’re on your own if you want carbs, sugars or anything else along those lines.

Hint: When the information isn’t available on a package, I can usually look up almost any ingredient (by portion) through MyFitnessPal, an application I use on my iPhone. You can also log your daily caloric intake and output through exercise here.

thin_mint_ingredients

Ingredients:

Calories

Protein (g)

1 individual serving container Healthy Choice Frozen Yogurt – Vanilla Bean flavor

100

4

1/2 scoop GNC Total Lean 25 shake – French vanilla

50

6.25

1/2 scoop Iron-Tex Whey protein powder – Natural Chocolate flavor

70

13.5

1/8 tsp Peppermint Extract

1 scoop GNC Women’s Ultramega Maximum Nutrition – vanilla crème

50.00

3.000

2 Thin Mints Girl Scout cookies

80

4

1 Tbs raw honey (best if gotten from a hive in your area)

60

0

Fill blender cup until 3/4 full with water (approximately 4-6 oz. if using large blender)

2 substitutions to consider:
May exchange water for low-fat milk, but will have to recalculate calories.
May wish to add green food coloring to make more colorful.

TOTALS

                        410

30.75

thin_mint_shakeProduces an 8 oz. Thin Mint Milkshake substitute that is delicious!

(Color variations will occur based on the ingredients used, especially if food coloring is added.)

…and, yes, I dirtied a real glass for demonstration purposes…just for YOU! 🙂

Note that this is about twice the calories I might normally consume in an 8-oz. protein shake, but I’m also getting twice the protein I normally get – so this is a trade-off that is MORE than a simple treat, if I time it well (such as after a vigorous work-out when regaining that protein is essential and the calories aren’t detrimental).

Quick (and much abridged) health rundown of contents:

  • Protein helps the body to recover more quickly during workouts & rebuild its musculature after being broken down from work-outs.  Protein supplements can also replace other protein sources (e.g., meats) that would come with ‘negative fats.’ I have to go to work a few hours before workouts, so I want to start my day with a good dose of protein at this time and then add some immediately after workouts. You may need to investigate this according to your schedule & daily needs. (i.e., I use less than what many would, especially if you are male and/or a high metabolism athlete, like my teenage son. He uses a much higher caloric product with more grams of protein – and adds peanut butter, to boot. Oh, to have his metabolism – and 8 pack!) The recommended daily intake of protein for healthy adults is ~0.75 g of protein per kilogram of body weight, or about 45 to 56 g of protein a day. (Some sources will say 1 g per pound; many will argue no more than 0.55 g/lb.)
  • Added nutrients – whether you’re swallowing pills for vitamins, adding in a power (like I do), or adding a liquid multi-nutrient, this is the easiest place to work them in (and a great way to start your day!)
  • Frozen lowfat yogurt – Yogurt is rich in calcium, protein & probiotics, oh my! (as well as potassium that can help flush too much sodium out of your body). By using a frozen variety, I can get a creamy shake taste.
  • Raw honey – besides offering a natural sweetener to your shake, it’s packed with natural nutrients, promoting digestive health, immunity, wound & allergy healing; rich in antioxidants & enzymes, is anti-inflammatory, along with a ridiculous host of other great benefits. (Important Note: Do NOT share your shake with infants less than 1 year of age, whose immune systems cannot fight off any potential botulism that could be present in raw honey.)
  • Peppermint extract – has a calming (de-stressing) effect to the body, assisting in halitosis and sometimes nausea, may relieve a sore throat, GI tract bloating, and peppermint contains antioxidants!
  • Water is essential to the body, helping control your caloric intake, balances your body fluids, energizes muscles to work out, & helps get the bad stuff flushed out. (You can add low-fat milk in place of the water, if you want more and a creamier flavoring, but adjust your calories.)

For any changes to the above “recipe,” just remember to make any necessary caloric & protein adjustments, if you’re counting. (Remember, these amounts meet my particular protein & calorie breakfast goals.)

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Important Disclaimer: I am not a Nutritionist, nor am I representing any company. In the case where brand names have been provided, I am simply expressing to you what I am using at the moment in an attempt to fulfill my own personal dietary goal (and so you can make a comparison of caloric and/or protein amounts in any substitutions you decide to make). I also didn’t add what I consider to be negligible calories.

In the coming weeks, I’ll continue to try to add some more of my family’s favorite protein shake recipes we’ve adopted or created, so let me know if you have any particular flavors you like & if we have any recipes on hand (or decide to create one), I’ll try to incorporate those first. 🙂

Here’s to positive subtraction that’s “worth a mint”, -jody

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