Posted by Tara on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
Happy New Year everybody! Now is the time when many folks are ready to get serious about healthy habits. One way to a new you this year is to give some serious thought to what goes in your body for breakfast. So many traditional breakfast foods work against our healthy goals we set. Sugary cereal, donuts, bagels, pop tarts, frozen waffles or pancakes, jelly on biscuits or toast, gravy, “nutri-grain” bars – check the ingredient list for an eye opening smack in the face. These traditional breakfast foods are nothing more than genetically modified grain and sugar. And such nutrient empty foods leave most eaters with a sugar crash by mid-morning while helping their bodies store more and more fat.
On a hectic busy morning my default breakfast is a healthy protein shake. It is possible to create a tasty shake packed with protein and nutrients that is also low in sugar. I like to buy Pro-Optimal Whey vanilla powder from www.mercola.com. MERCOLA’s (click link for info) protein powder is all organic whey protein, 90 calories per scoop, non GMO, and very low in carbs. Many friends of mine like VISALUS MIX (click here to order) which is non GMO soy based protein. And Xingular makes a LEAN shake also packed with non GMO soy protein. Once you pick a healthy protein powder that tastes great. you will be on your way to countless healthy combinations. Here’s one of my favorites – Orange Creamsicle Shake:
In a blender or Vita-Mix place the following
- 1 cup unsweetened SO coconut milk, (can also use rice or almond milk)
- 1 cup water – can add more or less to make shake thicker or thinner
- 1 serving of your favorite protein powder mix
- 1/4 cup OJ
- 2 packets TRUE ORANGE (ordered mine from AMAZON.COM) but stores carry TRUE LEMON and TRUE LIME packets as well
- 2-3 drops Orange Oil
- 2 packets Stevia
Pulse all these ingredients together in a blender until smooth. You can add more water or coconut milk to achieve desired consistency. Add real cream if desired (but 1 Tablespoon has approximately 50 calories).
When I make this shake using Mercola Pro Optimal Whey Vanilla, and the SO unsweetened cooconut milk, the shake has over 20 grams of protein, less than 5 carbs, and under 140 calories and keeps me feeling full all morning long.
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