Ever since I was little I’ve had a hard time eating breakfast. My stomach is rocky in the mornings, and with the added pressure of needing to get out the door on time, it was just easier and more comfortable if I skipped breakfast. I know that I am not the only person that this is true for. According to the NDP Group (and American market research company), 31 million American’s skip breakfast.
When I was in college, feeding myself and learning how to manage all of my obligations, eating, especially breakfast flew out the window before I even realized it. I would start my day and immediately be busy. I would go from class to class, spend any free hours in the library studying, before heading off to work. Suddenly I realized that I was regularly forgetting to eat almost all day, and crashing really hard every evening. This is not healthy, and I’m happy to report that it doesn’t happen anymore. Essentially what I was doing was not arousing my metabolism, and suppressing my hunger. It an unhealthy eating routine.
So, how did I get out of it? I starting recognizing that if I at least drank something, I would be much more aware of what and how much I was consuming and I would get hungry at much more regular intervals. For me personally, I also found that if I was exercising in the morning, it helped me add breakfast into my morning routine. Somedays, all I could have was a cup of tea, but especially when I was starting my day with exercise, I wanted something that would actually fuel my body with calories and nutrients. I started making smoothies or shakes, and over time, this allowed me to eat more regularly and even eat solid breakfasts more than I had been able to.
Now, I cannot take credit for this particular recipe. It was recommended to me by a doctor who shared that she had also had a hard time with breakfast, and this recipe had been recommended to her by someone that she had consulted about her eating.
This recipe includes:
Non-dairy milk – to provide liquid and nutrients without dairy to make it easier to digest.
Plant-based protein powder – to provide protein and fill you up, again it is much easier to digest if it is plant-based. I usually go on the lighter on the protein because I know about the tendency to overconsume protein, and sometimes I like to substitute nut butter.
Frozen berries – berries are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, which is great because fiber regulates blood sugar, meaning that you won’t crash unexpectedly.
*Flax and chai seeds – These are not in the recipe that was recommended to me, but I like to add them for the added nutrients (including fiber) and I never even notice them when I drink the smoothie.
Ice – Ice is mostly just added to thicken and cool the shake.
This shake is quick to make, easy to transport, drink on the go, and throughout the morning. If you are having trouble eating breakfast, try this shake. Let me know what you think!