Bender’s Blenders: Inaugural Post!

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 21, 2008

Hi everyone! Welcome to the inaugural post of Bender’s Blenders. I’m still experimenting with what I want to do with this funky new idea – by the way, the credit for the title goes entirely to my ultra-creative father. Essentially, I want this new page and subsequent posts to involve new smoothie and shake creations that I either create myself or concoct via an interesting recipe. I’m toying with the idea of adding a video component once in a while as well.

Please, please give me any feedback, comments, etc. on what YOU would like to see featured on this exciting new page! As my dad so eloquently put it (he’s a joker, if you can’t tell), I want to make sure you get a “fair shake” (pun shamelessly intended) on what goes into this site!

So without further ado…

Bender’s Blenders: The Choconana Whey

This protein shake combines the smooth, velvety flavor of chocolate with a sweet note of banana and a energy-packed slam of whey protein powder. Perfect for recovering after an intense workout!

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk (I like Almond Breeze)
  • 2 scoops (approximately 1 oz.) vanilla protein powder (I used Biochem)
  • 1 medium banana
  • 5 ice cubes
  • Optional: Reddi-Whip topping


Combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Add whipped topping if desired, and enjoy!

Nutrition (includes whipped topping):

  • Calories: 205
  • Fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 320mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 23g
1 All Vegged Out July 21, 2008 at 7:01 pm

1. love the title
B. adore the smoothie, yum
38.5. don’t you just love those cups with the straw attached, my fave 😀

2 Aimee July 21, 2008 at 7:16 pm

You should add some peanut butter to this creation. The GNCs in Pittsburgh have Smoothie Bars and they make a shake called a Peanut Butter Surprise and it has milk, whey, banana, and peanut butter. I sometimes get this instead of a meal at lunchtime because it is across from my work, but it is sooo good. I love your idea to use the unsweetened chocolate almond milk!

3 VeggieGirl July 21, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Yes, what Aimee said – use a nut-butter!! Although I vote for hazelnut-butter ;0)

4 lindzakins921 July 21, 2008 at 8:03 pm

lol <3 your post title – enjoy!

5 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 21, 2008 at 9:23 pm

I LOVE this new feature and the title!

Where did you get that cool cup with the straw attached?!

6 Sarah July 21, 2008 at 9:33 pm

great idea! believe it or not, I actually have NEVER made my own smoothie. Shocking, right?!? I don’t know why—I think it’s because in my mind I think that if I’m drinking something rather than eating/chewing that it won’t fill me up or keep me full for very long. Obviously this isn’t true because it’s the same ingredients I would be eating, just in liquid form, but my brain works in funny ways.

Some sort of smoothie/shake WILL be on my agenda for this week so keep the ideas coming!

7 Caroline July 21, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Yay! Another shake enthusiast:)

8 Jenn July 22, 2008 at 5:59 am

All Vegged Out ~ Thanks! Yes, I love that cup – and I got it for next to nothing, too!

Aimee ~
I will definitely add nut butter next time. I’ve been meaning to do that for a long time!

VeggieGirl ~
Perhaps I will 😉

Lindz ~ Thanks!!

Foodie ~
Thanks! I think I got the glass at my local grocery store. It was on the shelf of stuff on sale for like $1. A great find – I’m sure a Google search might come up with something similar! I’ll check it out :)

Sarah ~ I totally get what you’re saying. That’s why I try to make sure my smoothies are snacks or desserts instead of meals. Otherwise, I know they would never fill me up!

Caroline ~ Yeah! I figure I need to start using my blender more often 😉

9 blueberryhil July 22, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Ooooh…you have a Vita-Mix. I am insanely jealous, because you can make a tasty concoction that my blender can’t quite handle.

Blend a fresh bannana with a handful of frozen strawberries and no liquid. It turns into sorbet consistency and is delicious! If it’s too thin, add more frozen berries, but try to blend just long enough to puree everything. If you go too long, it starts to melt.

10 Chandra (Eating to Live) July 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm

So awesome!! ‘Bender’s Blenders’ – haha say that ten times fast.

Yogurt always makes good smoothies for me! And I usually add some almond milk too (I use the same brand!). And then sometimes I even top them with granola, a la Jamba Juice’s new creations 😀

11 Jenn July 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm

blueberryhil ~ Thank you so much for the recipe idea! I definitely see a sorbet post in my future :)

Chandra ~
I know, it’s quite the tongue twister, eh? I like your idea for yogurt + granola. It’s like a smoothie parfait!

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