Two years ago, I turned 50. For several months before the actual date I was working on the big birthday present: a culinary tour through Paris. I always said when I turned 50, I would eat my way through Paris. A few weeks before my birthday, I had an epiphany. What I really wanted was the gift of health. I ditched the Paris trip and embarked on a health and wellness program that has truly changed my life. In the months to come, I will detail the many steps of this journey that helped me lose over 30 pounds and become more fit than I was 20 years ago.
Today, I want to tell you about my breakfast for the last two years. My breakfast is a superfoods protein shake. Six days a week (except when I’m on vacation), I make myself and anyone else who is game, some form of a protein shake packed full of superfoods. Some shakes taste better than others, but all of them give you so much energy and keep you satisfied for so much longer than a solid-foods breakfast will.
I have a drawer in my kitchen filled with powders, capsules, granules, dried berries and lots of other science-lab-looking stuff.
src=”http://www.theresacookinmykitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/shake-drawer-pic-e1357352758872-224×300.jpg” width=”224″ height=”300″ /> This drawer under my counter has all the good stuff I use in my shakes. Each day I pick and choose whatever my body needs. I bring the Vitamix canister over to the drawer and scoop in whatever I need.
If I’m just making a shake for me, it’s usually green and I include lots of ingredients that give me energy and stamina, without much regard to taste. If my husband wants in, then the shake also includes raw cacao and raw honey so it tastes like chocolate. If we have guests, they usually want to try mine first, make a face, and switch to his.
This Rockin Wellness is a great product. It tastes like chocolate, and can be used as an “all-inclusive” shake. Nothing has to be added to it. Of course, I’m a little crazed, so I always add extra green stuff to mine.
Sometimes, if I want a greener shake, but my husband wants one too, I’ll camouflage his in a colorful superheroes glass…
Most days, I make the shakes from scratch — I use some form of raw, plant-based protein powder and lots of superfoods and herbs. On more rushed days, I use a pre-mixed powder (I have found a few that are really good and contain great ingredients with very little of what I would consider “unacceptable” ingredients).
I can have one of these shakes for breakfast and I won’t be hungry again for many hours. If you have one before you exercise, you will notice the increased energy. Another great effect of these shakes, is that they are great for your skin; your skin will actually glow once the ingredients build up in your system.
Green Energy Shake
8 oz. coconut water
protein powder of your choice (I use raw, plant-based proteins)
6 ice cubes
palmful of chia seeds
palmful of flax seeds
2 tsp maca powder
2 tsp raw cacao
1 tsp spirulina
optional ingredients: raspberry ketones, green superfood powders, acai powder, goji berries, raw honey, camu camu, wheatgrass, chaga mushrooms, mangosteen powder, black cherry powder, and whatever else you find that suits your needs.
Blend above in a blender. The Vitamix works wonders.
Note: I like to alternate between different protein powders. If you use the same one every day, you may build up an intolerance to it, so I have three different ones that I rotate into my shakes. I have so many different things that I add into my shakes; but my add-ins change on a daily basis depending on what my body is telling me it needs. I’m happy to suggest add-ins for anybody who wants more information. I get most of my ingredients on-line.