Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Most Important Meal

Breakfast.  They tell us it's the most important meal of the day.  And it is.  But it's also the most often skipped.

I am not one to just jump up and eat first thing in the morning.  I like to be up for awhile, drink a cup of coffee (or two) and then think about eating.  If I'm running first thing in the am, I will eat a little bit of something, like a mini bagel with peanut butter.  But I often find myself getting on with my day and then realizing at 10am that I haven't eaten anything.  Not good.

Especially now that I'm back in school.  The high school that I teach at starts at 7:15am.  Yep, you read that right. Personally, I think it's cruel and unusual punishment to make a teenager be at school at 7:15.  But what do I know.  Technically, as long as I'm there by 7-ish, I'm fine.  But I like at least a 1/2 hour to "get in the zone" and put on my teacher hat, so I try to get there no later than 6:45am.

Which means I get up at 5:15 (or so...depends on how many snoozes I take), get dressed and head out the door by 6:30 (Luckily, I don't live far from the school).  This schedule does not work well with my lazy breakfast preference.

You can guess what happens.

I drink my first cup of coffee while I'm getting dressed in the morning, and take one with me when I go.  But breakfast doesn't happen before I head out the door.  Then I'm STARVING by 9:30.  Not good.

So this school year I decided to take a different approach.  Protein shakes or smoothies.  I can make them ahead of time, grab them when I leave the house, and drink it on the way.  Problem solved.  And I'm not ravenous before lunch.

There are a million (+ 1) resources for protein shake and smoothie recipes online...just google it and you'll get more than you can go through in an evening.

But right now I have a fave to share:

Peanut Butter Banana Shake

For 1 serving (I usually make a double batch or more)

1 scoop protein powder (I use vanilla whey protein)
1-2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 cup skim milk
1/2 banana

Blend. Pour. Enjoy!

What about you? Do you have a favorite protein shake or smoothie recipe to share?

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