I love coffee. I need the fuel from protein to keep me going nine hours of physically demanding work at the landscape nursery. When I saw this pin on pinterest I knew I had a potential winner on my hands.
The original post reads "Hey, check out this pin on Pinterest: I really need to start my mornings with these: Breakfast Coffee Protein Shake! Ingredients: 2 handfuls of ice, 1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup of brewed coffee-choose whatever flavor you like, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, Truvia to taste or any other type of sweetener. Directions: Place all ingredients in blender. Blend it and then Pour in a drinking container, and enjoy!"
Great concept, but it needed some modifications. 1 cup Unsweetened almond milk? That ingredient list reads: 'INGREDIENTS: ALMONDMILK (FILTERED WATER, ALMONDS), CALCIUM CARBONATE, SEA SALT, POTASSIUM CITRATE, CARRAGEENAN, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D2 AND D-ALPHA-TOCOPHEROL (NATURAL VITAMIN E). '
That is the nutritional composition of one serving of Almond Breeze-Unsweetened by Blue Diamond Almonds. Add the packets of Truvia and a banana, you are now drinking a lot of calories, sodium, and unknown chemicals.
Not to mention the blender aspect of this breakfast. I am not awake enough to put together, operate and then clean a blender at 6am. For me, this is where the adaptations come into play.
This is the nutrition panel on my protein powder. It is a good combination of high protein, low sugar, nutrients and good taste without a calorie overload.
Here is my adaptation: in a cocktail shaker, use a couple handfuls of ice cubes. Add One cup cold coffee- saved from the day before. Then add Two scoops of protein powder. Secure the top of the cocktail mixer and shake very vigorously! (I count to fifty) pour into a tall glass and enjoy.
This gives me a morning coffee boost with the protein I need to power through until lunch. If you make a morning coffee protein shake, I would love your feedback!