Sunday, February 7, 2010

Transforming the Morning Rush

Trying to get the kids ready for school and getting yourself out the door for work can be enough of a challenge, never mind making a healthy, satisfying breakfast to jump start your day. Most of us just end up grabbing a coffee drink at the local drive-thru window, which ends up wreaking havoc on our waistlines and hampers our ability to focus and concentrate because of the high amount of sugar most of these coffee concoctions contain. As I wrote about in last weeks post, "Fat Does Not Make You Fat", I discussed how controlling sugar intake can really be the driving force in weight control and many health issues. So, how can you create a quick, easy, good for you morning meal that will get you and your family out the door in record time? The solution - a delicious shake that contains protein, fruit, fiber and healthy fats to give you a natural energy boost from nutrients, not stimulants, keep you satiated and help keep blood sugar levels balanced - which is really the key to maintaining healthy body fat levels. So, here's one of my favorite adult and kid-friendly protein shake recipes that helps give me the energy to power through my morning workout and get myself, my husband and my kids going on a healthy note, really setting the tone for our day. You can either make this in a blender or use my favorite - The Cuisinart Smart Stick. Feel free to use this recipe as a base, coming up with your own favorite additions and creating your own unique signature shake. Would love to hear about what interesting combinations you come up with!

Chocolate-Banana Butter Shake

1/2 cup hormone free skim milk

1/2 cup water

1 packet SweetLeaf Stevia (optional)

1/3 piece of banana

1 scoop Colonix fiber powder ( - optional

1 tablespoon raw almond butter ( I use Trader Joe's brand)

1 scoop Jay Robb chocolate egg white protein powder

Mix all ingredients in blender or Cuisinart Smart Stick and enjoy!

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