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
Blend. Pour. Enjoy!
What about you? Do you have a favorite protein shake or smoothie recipe to share?