Protein shakes are perfect for an on-the-go snack or breakfast in a hurry. Whatever you do, don't skip meals. This may seem like you are saving calories, but it actually sabotages your metabolism. When your body is not taking in food, your blood sugar drops causing you to feel tired and sluggish. Also, your metabolism slows down, and your body is more likely to store your next meal as fat rather than use it as an energy source. Your best bet: eat small meals in regular intervals throughout the day. I stick to generally six meals a day spaced out about three hours. It's important to incorporate a good, complex carbohydrate--sweet potatoes and oats are always my go-to choices--in the shake especially when consuming pre- or post-workout and as a breakfast substitute.
This recipe is thick, creamy and delicious! You won't believe it's good for you.
4 ounces sweet potato cooked (I chop into 2" cubes, throw into boiling water, and boil with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Cook until tender and you can stick a fork through it. Drain the water.)
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon Walden Farms caramel dip
1 scoop of protein powder equivalent to 20 to 25 grams of protein (I used Cellucor's Whey Performance Cinnamon Swirl protein)
5 ice cubes
- One packet of Stevia
Dash of each: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, all spice
Combine all ingredients together in a blender. Blend for 1 to 2 minutes, and enjoy! Munch on one ounce of raw almonds to make it a complete, nutritious snack.