Start Your Day With a Healthy Protein Powder Shake
Fresh Fruit is the Ticket
Ordinary People in a Hurry
This article is for ordinary people. It's not for body builders, necessarily - or those on slim - fast diets. (Whoever wants to lose weight can slim down by having less of a large meal in the lunch and dinner portions of the day.)
It's for the people (like me) who aren't hungry yet, but want to put something in the stomach before facing the world. Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that your body is breaking its fast after 10 or so hours of being empty. So why not start with something easy going that goes down nice and easy?
For me the ideal breakfast is a smoothie or a fruit and ice combined shake with protein powder. Here are a few ways to go about making one. It keeps you from getting cranky and hungry, strong enough to withstand a doughnut attack, and not too stuffed to be alert when (let's face it) it's easier to be groggy in the earlier portion of the day.
With or Without Grain Products
Protein Powder Options
Fruit and Ice = everything nice
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup fresh fruit, chopped, grated or mashed fresh fruits
- 1/8 cup fruit juice, if desired
- 3/4 cup milk
- Using a shaker with a cap, shake like mad! Those without a shaker may use the blender. When opening, it should be frothy and well mixed.
- The longer you shake, the better it will taste. Three minutes is a good rule of thumb.
- Of course, no two shakes are the same. Some need sweetening, others do not. The banana shake is great with a little cinnamon. I add a couple spoons of plain yogurt to the Kiwi Shake.
Not Just For Breakfast...
Protein powder shakes are a great fourth meal after coming home from school or work, before going out in the evening or as a light evening meal. It's a good pick-me-up for those burning the midnight oil, like executives and college students cramming for exams, as well as church organists preparing for a heavy duty church wedding! (That's for you, Mom.)
Popular Protein Supplements
Animal source proteins
Vegetable source proteins
casein / milk protein
egg white protein
Choosing the Best Protein Powder
I personally prefer Nutrilite, which is a plant (vegetable) based protein powder, but there are many good marks. Make sure you are not buying more than you need. If you are not looking to increase your biceps then don't buy the super deluxe powder.
Protein powder is great because you're saving time, money, and your body is getting the important fuel it needs. Protein stays only a short time in the body, so a few servings a day of any type of protein is a good idea. I also like the fact that unlike other protein sources, it doesn't get stuck in your teeth. There is very little clean up and the whole procedure is a hop skip and a jump. Like fast food but in your own kitchen.
If you like protein bars, they can be tossed in a bag or purse for a good mid-morning snack then go eat a great big healthy salad for lunch and see how good your body seems to operate.