I have been getting some emails asking what is in my protein shake so I thought I’d do a little post to show Thursday’s shake. This is the shake I eat BEFORE breakfast. I don’t even know what I consider it – “pre breakfast shake”? I drink this shake on my car ride to work, and then when I get to work I eat my oatbran-greek yogurt-peanut butter-and-whatever-fix-in’s-I-want as my main breakfast.
Plus drinking a shake in the morning is a great way to get more liquid early in the day AND more calories. Teaching 4-5 Zumba classes per week, it’s hard to keep up with the caloric demands my body needs. I sound so obnoxious, I know, but being honest.
Thursday morning I was in the mood for a “mocha” type flavor so I added 16 oz of COLD water, 8 oz of decaf iced coffee I keep in a pitcher in the fridge, and 4 ice cubes. Other times I use a mix of unsweetened almond milk and water. I use 24oz to make a huge cup full and to make sure I am getting in more water since I suck at drinking it as the day goes on.
I add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to the NINJA.
I have to add sweetness to it; it’s the only way I feel it actually tastes GOOD. So I add cocoa bean extract, vanilla stevia (about a full dropper of each), and then just a dash of banana extract. Oh almost forgot – two huge spoonfuls of cocoa powder. That is KEY!
You can really taste the banana and chocolate.
This whole shake doesn’t fit into the cup, so I have to suck down a lot of it first in order to fit in the cup – but I LOVE it.
- 24 oz of your choice of liquid
- 4 ice cubes
- 1 full scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use whey or sun warrior)
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- dropper of vanilla stevia (NuNaturals)
- dropper of cocoa bean extract (NuNaturals)
- dash of banana extract
BLEND ALL TOGETHER!
That’s it. So simple. A perfect hold-me-over until I can eat my real breakfast at work.
Now I am off to finish my playlist for this morning’s Zumba class at LA Fitness.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
What is your favorite protein shake combo?
Do you eat a “pre-breakfast” like I do?
What are you up to this weekend? pumpkin picking?!