Jun 28

Sweet Corn (Protein) Shake

Since discovering my love of corn, there is only one thing to do.


Besides simply “eat it.”

Turn it into a smoothie.  Duh.  You have to trust me on this one.  Corn seems strange, I know.  but it’s good.  I mean… have I lead you astray before?!  Don’t answer that.

Sweet Corn Protein Shake 1


Raw corn is super sweet.  Actually most raw veggies are sweeter to me raw than cooked.  This makes them perfect candidates for smoothies – Carrot Cake and Zucchini Bread smoothies happen weekly in my house – and you KNOW I add spinach to everything.

The avocado adds creaminess to the smoothie.  You could also use banana (I was out).  I never finish a whole avocado before it goes bad, so I eather bake with it or cut the leftovers into slices and store it inthe freezer for smoothies.

Sweet Corn Protein Shake 2

Lemon may seen weird, but that zestiness can actually bring out sweet flavors.  I added just a twist here!

Ginger also gives this drink it a teeny zing… you could leave it out, but remember it (and lemon) is a great detoxifier!!!


Sweet Corn Protein Shake

Sweet Corn (Protein) Shake

  • 1/4 C raw corn
  • 2 T avocado
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 6-7 drops vanilla liquid stevia (or sweetneer of choice)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or other liquid)
  • Ice, to taste
  • Optional: squeeze of lemon, xanthan and/or guar gum (to thicken)


Put everything in the blender and mix until smooth.

Slurp away! 


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#StrangeButGood turens 30 this week!!!  And I turn 30 in 2 weeks.  Scary.  

"Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine." ~Joan Collins 

Do you drink more smoothies in the summer?  I can't get enough!

What are your favorite veggies to eat raw?  Do you ever use them to make them sweet treats?



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  1. Chris C

    This looks interesting! I might have to try it! I can never knock it until I try!

    1. Laura

      Thanks! Please let me know if you do… I promise it’s tasty. :)

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    So uh, not to sound really immature or make you want to throw up… BUT…. Every time I think of CORN – I think of Fat Bastard eating chicken in bed… AH HA HA HA HA HA HA AH AHA!!!!

    1. Laura

      Thanks for that. Really. :P

  3. Lisa

    Okay, this is a totally strange but good! I can actually imagine the corn in the shake going well with everything! You never know unless you try it out, right.

  4. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    I can totally see that corn is great in a smoothie. And I totally agree that raw veggies are sweeter than the cooked ones! Especially Bell Peppers and Carrots.
    I throw everything into my Smoothie Mixes. Sometimes it turns our #strangeandgross, but most of the time it’s #strangebutgood and I just love to sneak in my veggies in everything I eat.

    1. Laura

      Funny you say peppers… I was thinkiing I could try that next. :) Hopefullyit won’t be #strangeandgross (but it DOES happen).

  5. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I think this is the first #strangebutgood that I’m not all over. Not sure if I can jump on the corn in my smoothie especially now that GiGi mentioned Fat Bastard eating chicken in bed. :)

    1. Laura

      Awwww! I’m blaming GiGi. ;)

  6. Fran@BCDC

    Oh, Yum!! Just a tip I recently heard…I know you weren’t zesting the lemon, but apparently if you freeze the lemon first, it makes the zesting easier and you can use it longer. We heard it at a WW meeting. My friend Alice tried it and she said it works really well! This sounds so good!! Have a great day, Laura!

    1. Laura

      I didn’t know that one! thanks for sharing! I only knew that trick with cheeses.

  7. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    I love corn. And this definitely sounds very strange, but also very good. I’m starting to actually drink more smoothies right now. I never really drank them much before. But I’m not creative AT ALL.

  8. Sue

    I’ve read about a Thai pudding-like dessert with sweet corn, but haven’t tried it yet. Heck, why not? Thinking about it, I haven’t had raw corn in ages. It has a very short season here. Just like asparagus, and rhubarb, and strawberries, and everything.
    I’ve been on a smoothie kick, too. And smoothie popsicles! My favorite ice cream alternative these days.
    My raw veggie favorites are mini cucumbers and tomatoes. They are so amazing when they’re in season.

    1. Laura

      A couple people mentioned that! I need to seek out more THai food and try this pudding thing. :)

  9. lindsay

    and i turn thirty in 4 weeks! EEK! Gotta try this raw corn thing. Makes it creamy, yes?

    1. Laura

      Happy 30th to us!!!! and yes, the corn + avocado makes for a super-creamy drink. :)

  10. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

    Ha, def creative. ;) I love that Collins quote. I’ll have to remember that!

  11. Kierston @candyfit

    I love red peppers to crunch on!

    Now if only I could digest corn!

  12. Lee

    Corn in a smoothie is definitely strange!

    1. Laura

      … but it’s GOOD! ;)

  13. RavieNomNoms

    How interesting is this!? I love that you use raw corn in it. I have to say I haven’t had raw corn in a while. I need to change that.

  14. Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    I CANNOT GET ENOUGH SMOOTHIES EITHER :D NOR CAN I GET ENOUGH CORN!!!!!! :D Girrrrrrl I am all over this recipe!!!!!!!!! SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Corn is the sweetest thing out there and I CANNOT WAIT TO TRY THIS! :D Thanks Laura for your great ideas ;)

    1. Laura

      Thanks Meg! Please let me know what you think!!! :)

  15. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    That might be the most unique smoothie I’ve ever heard of…definitely weirded out, but intrigued! ;-)

    1. Laura

      Hahaha – I’m taking that as a compliment.

  16. Amanda @runtothefinish

    you fascinate me to no end, ha!

  17. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    This might be the strangest ‘strange but good’ yet- I’m willing to trust you… I think!

    1. Laura

      LOL! I bet L would drink it. ;)

  18. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    I love corn, especially raw, but not sure if I’ll try this one. But I’ll take your word that it’s #strangebutgood. :-)

    1. Laura

      That just makes me want to beg you to try it… ;)

  19. Kat

    That kinda reminds me of like a “corn pudding” type shake. YUM. Make me one with your almighty vitamix! ;)

    1. Laura

      You can totally do this one with a regular blender! My Magic Bullet can handle it. :)

  20. Linz @ Itz Linz

    seriously SO STRANGE!! i do love corn though so maybe i’d be pleasantly surprised :) :)

  21. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    That is certainly strange, but corn and ginger together does sound like a nice pairing so I’ll trust you on this one.

    1. Laura

      Now that you say that… I bet ginger cornbread would be good!

  22. Parita

    Corn in your smoothies?! I love your combos but I don’t know if I’m brave enough to try this! I do love using avocado in my smoothies, adds that extra creaminess. I got that tip from you!

    1. Laura

      I’m glad you are liking the avocado still. Try it with corn. Really. ;)

  23. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    I LOVE this!! You’re right, raw corn is so delightfully sweet…I actually haven’t cooked any of the ones I’ve brought home from the farmers market this season. You know, the only thing that makes veggies sweeter to me is when they are grilled/roasted and THEN chilled…and grilled corn is one of my favorite things ever! Mmm, I think I may have to try that with this smoothie! :D

    1. Laura

      Grilled corn smoothie?! I love it!!!

  24. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    Hahaha this is SO crazy!!! You are so creative!

  25. Jody - Fit at 55

    You are the master of #strangebut good!!!! Very creative!!!! I need to freeze the avocados! I keep reading that but I have a very old fridge & the freezer is well, not so good nor the fridge! ;)
    Does pretty pretty interesting though. Now to win a Vitamix! ;)

    1. Laura

      I think an aging freezer would work for avocados. I’d really just worrk about meats. But I do eat some sketchy stuff. ;)

  26. Hannah

    Actually, corn ice cream is super common in different parts of Asia, so if you just haul ass and move across the world, you’ll be totally normal! ;)

    1. Laura

      Well… I’ll get right on that. ;)

      (Actually, I wouldn’t mind it at all!)

  27. Heather @ girlyeverafter

    I am very intrigued. I love corn! It’s so good!

  28. CCU

    That is a very different but delicious looking idea, I love corn so have to try this :D


  29. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    One of the many genius ideas I’ve seen on your blog – can’t wait to try this! Have just gotten into adding raw corn to things for a pop of sweetness – love it!

  30. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    Ah how did I not see this yesterday? This looks amazing! I’m obsessed with corn, raw or cooked, and this smoothie sounds amazing! I love all your strange but good combinations.

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! Let me know if you try it – I’m obsessed. :)

  31. Jessie

    Two things…

    1. This smoothie sounds great! I can hardly wait
    2. What day is your birthday? mines the 10th!!

    1. Laura

      Happy early birthday!!! Mine is the 15th – we’re so close. :)

  32. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning

    I eat frozen corn kernels. They are so good! So, yeah… this doesn’t sound strange at all! ;)

    1. Laura

      100% normal. ;)

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