Some mornings are too busy to permit for cooking, and even chewing. On such mornings (or, generally, afternoons) I’ll make myself a protein shake. I maintain it easy: a giant scoop of protein powder, frozen fruit, water, and slightly half & half. That tastes tremendous, however I lately discovered myself craving a extra intense fruity taste. So instead of including extra frozen fruit, I reached for a jar of strawberry jam.
Why you need to add jam to your smoothie or shake
One would possibly assume the simplest manner so as to add extra “fruit taste” to a smoothie or shake could be so as to add extra fruit, however fruit truly isn’t very concentrated. Including fruit, whether or not frozen or recent, provides bulk to your smoothie, growing the quantity you need to devour with every addition. It additionally provides water, which may dilute the flavour and, in case your fruit is frozen, might necessitate the necessity for extra liquid to mix it correctly (which brings us again to the quantity drawback).
Mixing units for all your smoothie wants:
Jam is constituted of fruit, sure, however fruit that has been cooked down with sugar. Loads of the water has been pushed off throughout cooking, making a thicker, concentrated fruit substance that provides taste with out bulk (or water, or ice). Jam additionally has an excellent little bit of sugar, which suggests it tastes good, nevertheless it additionally inhibits freezing, conserving your smoothie or shake free flowing.
On the dessert finish of the spectrum, it’s a straightforward solution to make a strawberry (or cherry, or blueberry) milkshake, even when the one ice cream you’ve gotten is apparent vanilla. There’s no want to regulate your liquid-to-solid ratios; simply spoon it in to style.
How a lot jam is sufficient?
For many smoothies and shakes, a tablespoon or two is sufficient, however I wouldn’t be mad if you happen to added greater than that, as I’ve been identified to eat Bonne Maman strawberry preserves with a spoon. Mix your smoothie or shake as you often would, give it a style to get a baseline, then dollop in your jam of alternative and mix once more. Give it one other style, and repeat as wanted.
I often make my protein shakes to style, however this morning I truly measured every little thing out. Be at liberty to make use of my recipe as a template, or ignore it fully and set off by yourself smoothie journey.
Strawberry Jam Protein Shake
- 1 scoop (24 grams) unflavored whey protein powder
- 4 ounces water
- 2 tablespoons half & half
- 1 heaping cup frozen fruit of alternative
- 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
Add the primary three components to a blender, or cup giant sufficient to accommodate an immersion blender, and mix to dissolve the protein powder. Add remaining components and mix till clean. Give it a style and add slightly extra jam if you happen to so want. (I usually do.)