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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