Butter Shake

So I found my new obsession!  Vanilla and butter flavoring!  I got the idea from Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers.  She is always coming up with great new food ideas.

Anyways, last night after dinner, I was craving a shake (not to be confused with a smoothie).  I wanted something sweet and savory.  I created a Chocolate-Vanilla-Butter Shake and it definitely hit the spot!

Chocolate-Vanilla-Butter Shake

1 C. Almond Milk

1/4 tsp. Vanilla Butter Flavoring

1 scoop Vanilla Pea Protein (Should have used chocolate, since that’s what I was craving, but I was out)

1 tsp. Cocoa Powder

4 Ice Cubes

1/4 tsp. Chia Seeds

A pinch of Xantham Gum (thickens)

I drank it in 2 seconds flat I think!  The only thing I would say about this recipe is that it was better once the ice crystals melted in the smoothie; in the first couple sips, I tasted the ice crystals.

I put this flavoring in my oatmeal too!  Also a winner:)



On Sunday and yesterday, I decided to try something new and went to a Barbell Strength class at my gym.  It’s similar to Body Pump, for all you Body Pumpers out there.  We do a strength move (or multiple) for each body part from head to toe.  Depending on the instructor, the sets/reps differ.  On Sunday, we did each exercise in sets starting with 10 reps, then 9 reps, then 8 reps and so on.  We did this twice for each exercise.

Today, however, we did “tri-sets.”  Our instructor gave us three exercises per body part and we did 16 reps for the first set, then 12 reps for the second because we were under a time constraint.  Both were good, but I got a better workout doing the 10, 9 , 8… because there were more reps.  Today, I needed to up the weight more and it would have been a better workout.  Since it was only my second time, I wasn’t prepared for the variation.

“Tri-sets” would be excellent for a regular strength training workout also, which is what I’m going to have the girls do at work!

I am now extra-sufficiently sore from working out in the past 5 days:)

Question: What’s your favorite group exercise class?

3 Responses to Butter Shake

  1. That flavoring looks amazing!! Where did you get it? My favorites are Spin and Bodyworks (bodyworks is like weights, lots of squats and lunges, lots of reps of everything), but I also love Zumba (if it’s the right teacher, this one actually usually becomes my favorite, but it’s been a while), Cardio kickboxing, and my gym has this super intense Club boxing circuit which is awesome too. Group exercise is my favorite!

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