My Ultimate Breakfast Protein Shake
Breakfast is important dudes. Without breakfast you are less likely to achieve sustainable weight loss and ‘breaking your fast’ could also save your life. This report I saw this morning on the BBC website looked at correlations between men, their breakfasting habits and heart attacks. The outcome? After taking smoking and other lifestyle factors into account, eating a good healthy breakfast within an hour of waking up is good for your heart.
So our mums were right, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, breakfast falls at the most inconvenient of times, morning. That time when you’re struggling to get your head into gear, get the kids ready, organise your synapses into a series of firings that get you from the shower, to the school run and too the office. That’s what coffee’s for right? And with all this faffing about, breakfast if often the first thing to get chucked out with bath water.
I’m the first to admit, when I’m on a weight loss trip, the idea of missing breakfast is like “oh well, few less calories”. The reality of course, is strain on your recently fasted brain and body, a metabolism that’s asking to be fired up and a huuuuge propensity to snack on crap before lunch arrives. So break that fast folks!
As with all things nutrition and weight loss and food, my mantra is get yourself prepared. This is my favourite way to start the day, takes seconds to prepare, tastes awesome, is slow carb friendly (if you substitute the banana for avocado) and keeps me full until lunch. If I’ve had my shake (more of a smoothie really) then I’ve already committed to a healthy day so it helps with motivation too.
I have to share this recipe, it’s the cornerstone of my dietary activities and sets me on the right path every day:
- 200mls unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbs ground flaxseed (linseed)
- 1 small banana (or an avocado if you want to be slow carb friendly)
- 2 scoops protein powder (chocolate for me – the holy trinity of chocolate, banana & peanut butter)
- 1 dsp unsweetened organic peanut butter
- Handful of ice
That’s it, just throw the lot in a blender and drink it down (with any supplements you might be taking). The only thing you shouldn’t have on there (from a slow carb point of view) is the banana, but you could always leave that out if you were being fastidious. The unsweetened almond milk is simply awesome, very low calorie (not that we’re counting), very nutritious, totally slow carb and this is what I also have in my coffee with a bit of stevia, love it. Natural peanut butter is also amazing, just don’t have more than a few dessert spoons a day in the week. But the real BOOM in this shake is the flaxseed. They punch so far above their weight in terms of fibre, in fact there’s not much out there with more fibre pound for pound, so this is right up there in terms of keeping you full, and more importantly, helping to protect your digestive tracts against all those nasty and all too common tumors.
One of these puppies and I’m good until lunchtime.
That device is a Kenwood Smoothie 2GO I picked up from Amazon (It’s actually my second one as I blew the first one up) but it is my favourite kitchen thing. You can just whizz stuff (including ice) up in it and then stick in the fridge for later or head off to work with it, whatever – awesome.
No excuses for missing breakfast then, just get everything organised and you’ll barely notice the effort.