Hold your mistake up. Before they turn the summer into duuuuust!
At last, I’m getting back into this list so we can finally get it done. Suffice to say, I’ve discovered it might actually be better to do lists of threes in all-in-one packages instead of long-and-winding installments that my pseudo-ADHD won’t allow me to finish without a million digressions.
All’s well that ends well, after this we’ve got just one more and then onward to my next list: My 10 Favorite Fat-Burning Workouts.
(Sorry what was I saying about shorter lists and all-in-ones? Whatever.)
Anyway, back to the task at hand, I’m here to discuss #4 on my list of BEST WAYS TO START YOUR DAY and that is THIS:
If you read my blog, by now you know that I am ahugefan of healthy, lean, morning protein. As I’ve said many times, having a lean protein source at the beginning of the day just sets you up for higher energy levels, faster fat burning, and an air of do-anything-you-want-and-do-it-well for the rest of the day – or at least that’s what it does for me.
Enter the delicious Protein Supershake. This supershake of mine is a surefire way to get you pumped for your day: it includes all the iron (dark leafy greens!), calcium (almond milk has calcium!*), protein (lean protein powder), and energy-and-metabolism-boosting goodness (coffee, and cinnamon) you need to tide you over ’til your 2nd meal.
I know greens in shakes sounds crazy to some of you, but it’s not. It’s really not. In fact, you won’t even be able to taste these things, and it’s up to you how much of them you want to dump in there to begin with. Personally, I prefer to have at least a cup in there – they are completely overpowered by all the other flavors anyway, and because you are using baby spinach and not mature spinach, they lack that sort of Play-Doh-like bite uncooked mature spinach reminds me of (I’m not sure if anyone understands what I mean by that, but…that’s the best way I can describe it).
Packing roughly only 250kcal, this supershake is the perfect go-to if you are too busy in the morning to whip up something “real” to eat. Just toss all these ingredients (mostly to taste) in a blender (heck, I even use my food processor haha), churn them all together with some ice, pour them into that Starbucks tumbler you tote to work, and enjoy.
*A side note for all the dairy lovers (like myself) out there who are averse to substituting their regular/low fat dairy milk for something like almond:
1. Almond milk beats dairy milk on calorie content alone. For all you calorie-counters out there: forget your skim milk, it could still never be a match to my vanilla unsweetened almond milk, which packs a mean 40 kcal and skim milk which packs 80kcal.
2. Almond milk provides up to 30% of your daily calcium needs in a single serving whereas skim milk provides 29%.
3. Other dairy substitutes like rice milk, and soy milk, don’t provide nearly as much calcium, Vitamin D, or Vitamin E.
4. While almond milk still loses out on protein (when comparing to cow’s milk), it makes up for that in the advantages it has over regular milk in terms of fat content, and sugar content. Even 2% cow’s milk contains at least 5g more sugar than unsweetened almond milk does. This is because cow’s milk comes with lactose – a carbohydrate (aka sugar). These built in carbs and sugars easily turn to fat in the body if not burnt or metabolized appropriately. Couple that with the fact that no matter how low fat cow’s milk is, it still contains fractions of saturated fat, while almond milk containsnone/nada/zilch.
5. Lastly, it’s important to note that many people, without even knowing it, are actually lactose intolerant to a certain degree. Thus, regular milk can make them sick, or keep them fat and unhealthy forever. It’s important to understand our bodies and how we react to things, and stay away from what keeps our body from performing at its best at all times (and if that means giving up regular milk, so be it).
If you are interested in knowing more about why almond milk beats out other dairy substitutes, leave a comment and I can get back to you. I’ve tried them all in hopes of finding the right one for me, and at the end of the day that’s the best advice I can give you too. I discovered my body responds best to coconut milk and almond milk, so that’s the direction I’ve gone in. Admittedly this is a habit I’ve only begun to develop recently, but I’ve realized its a good one to have for all the food and drink you consume. I hope you all take note of thatfor future reference!
And enjoy the shake!