I love the fresh start each new year brings. There’s so much hope and promise stored in the word “new.” We have 365 days to make the changes and dreams inside our minds become reality! I don’t know about you, but oftentimes a new beginning sounds pretty ideal come January.
With all those New Year resolutions comes the inevitable healthy eating bandwagon. The salads are out in full force, the gyms are packed, and Cub Foods is out of kale once again.
I do my best to eat somewhat healthfully throughout the year, but after Christmas I’m usually left feeling full and–let’s face it–just gross from all the cookies consumed.
Anyone with me?
If that’s you, too, join me for breakfast! Today we’re loading up on protein and enjoying a healthy meal that won’t leave us drowning in guilt afterward.
I’ve shared a few protein shake recipes before, but this one has a boost of chocolate to motivate you in the direction of the gym each morning. When it’s still dark out and your bed feels so warm and cozy, it’s tough to drag yourself to Zumba, but I’m here to help with that!
It may not be a Christmas cookie, but it will do. :)
I’m a little late with this post–let’s blame that one on the Christmas cookies too–but this is one of my standard breakfasts that I can blend up quickly and sip through a straw during my commute. Between this and oatmeal for the chillier days, I have a pretty healthy breakfast routine.
…Most of the time. :)
Order yourself some chocolate protein powder or add a little cocoa powder to your basic vanilla, and whip yourself up a figure-friendly breakfast in a snap! Protein powder’s a staple around my house, but you can always use Greek yogurt instead if that’s more your speed.
My protein shakes almost always include a banana with whatever complimentary flavors I can come up with. Peanut butter, chocolate, and coconut are my faves.
What are yours? Share your ideas below!
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 Tbsp. fat-free milk
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 cup ice
- Extra chocolate in any form (syrup, chips, milk), if desired
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, adding ice or milk to reach desired texture.
- Pour into a glass and sip with a straw.
Add a tablespoon of peanut butter for a fun twist, or throw some kale into the mix to make this an even healthier meal!
To make this shake gluten-free, be sure to use gluten-free protein powder.