Good Morning Vanilla Shake

I didn’t used to be a huge fan of shakes because I’d get an upset stomach after drinking one from McDonald’s (shocking, I know).  Plus, milk isn’t my favorite thing ever.  But as I’ve grown, I’ve developed quite a liking for shakes and of course my kids love them too.  So this morning I attempted to make a healthy version of a vanilla shake.   While I wouldn’t label this a McDonald’s Vanilla Shake Copycat Recipe by any means (it’s not quite the same and I didn’t mean for it to be), it’s delicious.  My almost-2-year-old sucked his down in about a minute and then drank his sister’s (not sure what her deal was this morning).  So here’s a healthy shake idea to mix it up in the mornings.  Enjoy!
(And no, I’m not a photographer but I wanted you to see what I used and what it looked like in the end)

Good Morning Vanilla Shake

Handful of ice cubes (I had about 10 small ones)
1 tsp flaxseed oil* (found in with the vitamins at Walmart)
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (found in the health foods section at Walmart for the muscle-building guys haha)
1 frozen banana (flash freeze by peeling bananas, laying them on a tray in the freezer, then putting in bags when frozen)
1.5 cups vanilla almond milk

Blend and enjoy 🙂  This made a good amount.  For just one person, I’d recommend cutting it in half.  It’s a little thick but that’s how I like my shakes and smoothies.  Feel free to use fewer ice cubes and adjust to  your liking.

I enjoyed mine with a whole wheat bagel thin topped with just a little bit of Greek yogurt cream cheese.  I’m not a huge fan of cream cheese but for some reason the Greek yogurt kind is better to me.  Plus it’s healthier, so it works.

*I have tried using ground flaxseed in my smoothies but it messes with the texture and it’s odd.  I’ve seen people say they put them in water first but thought I’d try the oil instead.  Much better.  I’m saving the ground flaxseed for muffins and whatnot.

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