I’m often asked what I eat for breakfast to maintain my weight, keep fit, and get fuelled up. My constant go to is a protein shake which I have almost every morning, even on the weekends.
I do agree with the premise that you should chew your food, and I’m pretty good for doing this for all my other meals. For me, the mornings are crazy and I need to be able to grab something easy and healthy that will get me through a tough workout later on. I usually eat 2 hours before I will be working out, unless I am running first thing in the morning (for runs I have a drink of bcaa’s and eat when I’m done). By the time I get to the gym, my shake has digested, I feed powered up and it leaves me enough time to have a pre workout drink without having my stomach too full.
Since I am a sweet tooth I usually choose a chocolate based shake, and I will use plant-based or whey protein as the anchor depending on what kind of workout I plan on doing. Mainly weights will mean I typically use a whey protein, a more cross training type workout where there will be lots of plyometrics, I will usually choose a plant-based protein powder because I find it easier on my stomach and digests quicker.
You can change it up and use whatever ingredients you like, it’s really a matter of preference, but a protein shake with the added bonus of healthy ingredients like avocado, flaxseed, almond milk, is very much a meal and you are hitting your nutritional requirements without having to do much cooking or prep work…easy, which is good when life is so busy. Also as a time saver, on Sunday’s I will often measure out the dry ingredients and put them into individual containers or baggies and store them in the cupboard so I can just add the spinach, almond milk, avocado and ice.
So that’s what I east for breakfast, give it a try you might find that a healthy “Jacked Up” protein shake is just what you need to start your day off right and keep your weight loss/or fitness goals in check.
Jacked Up Chocolate Protein Shake
1 scoop whey or plant protein powder
2 tbsp unsweetened coca powder
1 tbsp milled flaxseed
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1 cup of baby spinach
ice (to taste and consistency)
Put ingredients into blender and mix well…serve…amazing!!