From Starbucks' Mermaid Frappuccino to Dunkin Donuts' neon Energy Punch, the summer 2017 drink trend seems to be led by two key descriptors: bright and bold. But with most of these drinks being offered for a limited time only—and most of them containing way more sugar than protein—they're only a treat to be enjoyed on occasion, if not avoided altogether by serious fitness folks.

If you're feeling left out, good news: You can sip on a burst of color anytime with our tropical blossom protein shake. The combination of coconut cream, blackberries, vanilla, mangoes, and orange juice will tantalize your senses and help the flavors of summer spring forth. The added 32 grams of protein doesn't hurt, either.

Tropical Blossom Protein Shake

Ingredients

Green Layer:

  • Spirulina, 1/2 tbsp
  • Coconut cream, 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Vanilla, 1/2 tsp
  • Honey, 1/2 tsp

Magenta Layer:

  • Banana, 1/2
  • Orange juice, 1/4 cup
  • Frozen blackberries, 3/4 cup
  • Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup
  • Water, 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla protein powder, 1 scoop

Yellow Layer:

  • Banana, 1/2
  • Orange juice, 1/4 cup
  • Frozen mango, 3/4 cup
  • Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup
  • Water, 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla protein powder, 1 scoop

Directions

  1. For the green layer, combine spirulina with the coconut cream in a small bowl. Stir until smooth, add vanilla and honey, and set aside. If you don't have spirulina on hand, substitute with a serving of your favorite greens.
  2. For the magenta layer, combine all ingredients in a blender. Pulse until smooth, and set aside.
  3. For the yellow layer, combine all ingredients in a second blender cup. Pulse until smooth, and set aside.
  4. To get the layered flower look, drizzle a little of the green layer on the bottom of a glass.
  5. Pour the magenta layer in the glass, up to about the halfway point.
  6. Pour the yellow layer on top of the magenta layer. The yellow layer should be a little bit more runny than the magenta layer, and stack nicely on top. If not, add a bit more water.  
  7. To make the fun scallop shapes on the side of the glass, take a straw and strategically poke it along the inside of the glass. Running the straw along the side of the glass from the yellow to the magenta layer creates point of color.
  8. Top with the rest of the green layer, and add whip cream and sprinkles for a finishing touch.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 1 tropical blossom protein shake                                             
  • Recipe yields: 2 servings
  • Calories: 360
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Carbs: 42 g
  • Protein: 32 g

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Meghan Kahnle

Meghan Kahnle

From Starbucks' Mermaid Frappuccino to Dunkin Donuts' neon Energy...

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