Once I make coffee, Mister’s gluten-free egg-free dairy-free shake, kids’ breakfast, clean up breakfast, teeth brushed, clothes on, clothes changed to something more seasonable and/or something that matches, work shirt ironed, hair brushed, face washed, diaper changed, then diaper changed immediately after that because I swear he waits for a clean one, then first activity of the day started…
I forget to eat in the morning, most mornings.
After a while I became used to not eating early in the day, so I don’t really want anything in the morning.
Until I do.
When I’m ready to eat, I want to eat the house.
At that point though, I’ve already cooked something and cleaned it up, so I don’t want to blow up the kitchen again. And even though I’m feeling hungry, it’s still morning so I don’t want anything heavy.
I’ve taken to loving my mid-morning shakes.
A friend gave me a sample of a popular meal replacement shake mix that she sells as part of a three-week weight loss program, and I really wanted to buy it. But the price…ouch. I couldn’t see spending that much on something I drink down in a minute.
So, I did that thing I do when I like something I like. I deconstruct it. Shakes are a little difficult because you have to mask the taste of vitamins and minerals, and it has to be creamy but not chalky.
While I came nowhere near the taste of the sample, I did come up with a nutritious and cheapy cheap protein shake alternative to the yummy but expensive meal replacement shake. And it tastes like a peanut butter cup, which is a win! Let me know what you think.
Peanut Butter Cup Greens & Protein Shake Recipe
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 drop vanilla extract
1/2 scoop unflavored Whey Protein powder
1 scoop Amazing Grass Green SuperFood
1 tbsp PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
1 tsp cacao powder (cocoa powder works too)
a little sugar or stevia to taste (optional – I think the banana is sweet enough)
ice cubes (optional – I add ice when my banana isn’t from the freezer)
Blend until smooth. Though unqualified to do so, I did a little nutritional profile using the package labels and my handy 5-function calculator.
Banana: 52 calories, 13.5 carbs, <1g protein, <1g fat
Whey: 65 calories, 0 carbs, 13g protein, 0 fat
Amazing Grass: 30 calories, 4g carbs, 2g protein, 1g fat
PB2: 22.5 calories, 2.5 carbs, 2.5g protein, .75g fat
Cacao: 20 calories, 3g carbs, 1g protein, 0.5g fat
Approximate totals: 190 calories, 23 carbs, 20g protein, 3g fat
Not too shabby! And the vitamin and mineral profile on the Amazing Grass label is rather impressive for something that’s not in pill form.