Thursday, January 17, 2013

Banana Protein Breakfast Shake

If your mornings are usually as hectic as mine - snoozing the alarm 2 times before actually getting out of bed, waking up your kid at least two times before she actually gets up, shower, get dressed, check and make sure your kid is getting dressed, brush your teeth (and your kid's), do your and her hair, make sure she lotioned and put on the right socks and shoes for the weather - & by that time you're already about 5 minutes late!  But wait, you forgot about breakfast!  You can easily grab a banana for your kid to eat on the go, since she's going to eat a real breakfast at school, but what can you do?  Clearly one banana is not going to be enough to hold you over until your morning snack, and you're already all out of time to sit down for a bowl of cereal or oatmeal.  My remedy:  Breakfast Shakes!!!!  They're quick, taste amazing, and you can drink them in the car on your way to dropping the kid(s) off at school!  Plus, since they're shakes and not smoothies (i.e. no fruit juice), the sugar content is very low, so you can enjoy them guilt-free every day!  Take THAT Jamba Juice!  My ultimate favorite is my Banana Breakfast Shake.  There are so many different ways you can blend up this delicious "meal", so go ahead, be creative! 

(Original Recipe) / Serves 1

*using 1TBSP Almond Butter & no Honey*

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk - Vanilla
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 - 2 TBSP Unsalted Almond Butter
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ginger Root, shredded
  • 1 TBSP 100% Raw Organic Honey (optional)
Directions:
  1. Add Almond Milk, Banana, & Almond Butter to your blender (the Magic Bullet, Hamilton Beach, or any other grab & go individual blender work perfect!)
  2. Add remaining ingredients
  3. Blend until smooth (be sure to stir or shake container a bit in the middle of the process to ensure any nonblended ingredients are pushed to the bottom)
  4. Enjoy!


*Note:  You can also add 1/4 cup of Rolled Oats to the mixture if you need a little extra something to prevent mid-morning stomach rumbling syndrome!  Although this will increase your calorie content quite a bit (about 75 cals), so be cautious.

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