Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Life in the fast lane

Weekdays are crazy,jam-packed and tiring for all of us. I work in NYC and commute over an hour to work daily which deducts 3 hours out of my day that I could be doing more productive things. I try to make the most of my train time but there really is only so much one can do.

A big part of my morning is the stress of what am I going to eat for breakfast and pack in my lunchbox. You'd think I would have a more sufficient plan by now to avoid the rushing around like a chicken with it's head cut off, but I think a part of me enjoys getting stressed out. Breakfast has always been my least favorite meal, the choices are just so boring and healthy options are even worse. There are frozen options like smart ones or Jimmy d-light sandwiches, but don't let their low calories fool you, they are full of sodium and preservatives. I am working on a few make-ahead recipes to grab and go in the mornings when I don't have time or I am tired of my current favorite, protein shakes/smoothies.

A few weeks ago my friend J introduced me to a peanut butter whey protein shake that the gym makes and I fell head over heels in love. Peanut butter is one of my favorite things in the entire world!! It is a great source of protein but huge on calories so I try to stick to the serving size or less. I started playing around with some ingredients I had at home to recreate my own version of their shake.

This is what I use:

2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp peanut butter
8 oz vanilla almond milk, I prefer the sweetened kind but if you want even less calories you can use unsweetened which is 40 calories a serving VS 90
1 cup of ice

Purée and enjoy! It's smooth and delicious and only 350 calories. Some mornings I add half of a banana which brings it to a healthy 400 calories and I promise it holds you for hours! I don't even think about lunch until after noon when I have this shake.

This morning I decided to switch it up a little bit and instead of peanut butter I used a cup of blueberries and half of a banana.

For some reason it had a much thicker consistency than the pb version so I needed to add a cup of water. The blueberry vanilla shake is 320 calories and delicious, not to mention it has a gorgeous color

My phone didn't do the color much justice but you get the point :) no matter how much or how little time you have in the morning healthy breakfasts are important. This whole shake only took 4 minutes to make start to finish!

Oh and I love being able to blog right from my iPhone, it makes commuting enjoyable and rambling on & on even easier!

Have a great day everyone!

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Ruthanne said...

Furman LOVES protein with peanut butter and a banana! He will usually chug one of these before his workout. Almond butter is also a magical thing with a banana, but I have never tried it with the almond milk so I don't know if that would funkify the taste. I have started my hunt for a juicer so I can super increase my veggie intake. Also sometimes if I was really in a rush I would just smear pb onto a banana and eat it. I am notorious for running late all the time so breakfast is also freak out time fir me. Not to mention I am prediabetic and finding things low on the glycemic index is super time consuming in the morning. Things I thought were good for me, like oatmeal, farina, raisins (which are my favorite) are all not as power packed as I. thought. And I am 100% with you on the whole busy schedule. It is hard to balance work, home, school and somewhere in the time left over, the gym. I am really happy and proud of you for really taking it all on. Anyway, I hope this mornings commute is a good one and great job on all you have accomplished so far. :)

Gina R said...

Heyyy chicky, so i was reading your blog (which is amazing) and saw this post! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! You must learn to love it! Im also always on the go, i actually bought a mini fridge so i pack my meals for the week on sundays To bring in so that there is no room for cheating (i leave that for the weekend) . During the week if i workout in the a.m. I will usually make a veggie omelete afterwards before my long commute, once i get to work i make 1/3 cup of old fashion oatmeal (i keep the jar at my desk with the little measuring cup), a scoop of protein and a handful of blueberries. This i sware by bc it really fills u up and u can always switch it around with fruit/peanut butter/protein powder flavor. I also keep almonds/cottage cheese/greek yogurt for my "snacks" during the day. Hope this helps ;). See ya at Power X! --Gina

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