Mornings are a calorie nightmare for me if I’m not careful. If I had a decent metabolism or didn’t care how much I weighed, I would eat a farmer size breakfast every morning. I would eat eggs, bread, and potatoes every morning. Since I do care how much I weigh, and I don’t have a decent metabolism having an everyday thoughtless breakfast is good for me.
I have had issues losing weight in the past even when I’ve eaten the appropriate amount of calories. I have come to believe it is because I don’t get nearly enough protein. When I say that, I mean I get a shamefully low amount of protein, like 15g- 30g on an average day. I searched through the number of calories per the grams of protein in a soy supplement powder. Wegman’s brand won by a landslide. It has about 100 calories per serving with 25 g of protein. It also has no added sugar. It doesn’t dissolve as well as other brands, but I blend the crap out of it. I also add chia seeds. I’m still not 100% sure of the benefits, but fiber can’t be a bad thing. Finally before I get to making it, I use all unsweetened ingredients. There are many protein powders with lots of sugar, as well as sweetened non-dairy milks. Because of this I use a whole banana for sweetness and thickness. If you use sweetened anything, you may want to only use half a banana unless you like things very sweet.
- Scoop of protein powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1c almond milk
- 1c frozen strawberries
- 1 whole frozen banana
- Extra water if you like a thinner smoothie (optional, I prefer mine thick).
I generally measure out the almond milk, and add the chia seeds to the almond milk alone and walk away for 15 minutes. Then in the blender I put the frozen fruit in, then the almond milk chia seed goo, the chia seeds will stick to the measuring cup so you need a spatula to get them all in. Then I add the protein powder and blend it. It usually takes at least a minute but my blender isn’t terribly powerful. Scape the protein powder off the sides a few times and enjoy. It usually makes quite a bit. I save the second glass of it in the fridge in an insulated cup for the afternoon. If I have to go out, I close it up and it stays cold for a very long time.
This smoothie, has 350 calories, 7.8g of fat, 10g of fiber, and 29.2g of protein. Not a bad way to start the day.
This is a great way to get your protein after a work out as well.