His and Hers Breakfast Shakes

Jan 2nd

Even if your new year’s resolution has something to do with saving money or cursing less, I’m willing to bet “get healthier” is somewhere in your mind. Maybe, like me, you’ve been on a sugar roller coaster since Thanksgiving and you’re starting to feel the effects. Regardless, the Monday after New Years is a GREAT time to make a change.

A while ago I posted about how I thought “married” Saturday mornings should contain some type of baked good, whereas new husband was perfectly content with his “shake” and a pick-up bball game. He used to get pb-banana shakes at the gym but I am a food bully and decided to take over the endeavor in my kitchen. I’ve been making the version you’ll see below for over a year now and it’s pretty darn good.

His shake has over 30 grams of protein, plenty of healthy fats, complex carbs, and clocks in around 650 calories. That’s a GREAT way to get a guy through till lunch. Now, I prefer to eat something every two to three hours so I usually go with lower calorie meals. And so goes the “girl shake”.

Skip the nut-butter, switch up the milk and type of protein powder, and use low calorie fruits. My shake still has plenty of protein and nutrients, though it totals 200 calories (or less, depending on your fruit). All fruit is good for you, but some fruits are lower calorie. Melons and pineapples, along with all berries, are GREAT choices. If you haven’t tried almond milk by Almond Breeze, you really should. It’s delish, lasts a long time in the fridge, and has less than half the calories of skim milk. Plus, it’s lactose free!

Shakes are crazy quick to make, have very minimal clean up, and can be imbibed (I used that word because “drank” sounds strange and may be incorrect) in the car on the way to work! Bring on the health, baby.

Peanut Butter Banana Man Shake

Serves 1

1 frozen banana

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1/4 c. oats

3 tbsp. peanut butter

2 tbsp. wheat germ

1 c. skim milk

1. To freeze bananas, wait till they’re perfectly ripe. Peel them and put them on a plate in the freezer, uncovered. After an hour or two, bag the bananas together in a large freezer bag. They will be good for weeks.

2. Place banana, along with other ingredients, in the blender. Pulse several times to break up the large chunks, then puree until smooth.

The oats and wheat germ provide vitamin B, healthy fats, and fiber. They grind right up in the blender and actually create a nice thick texture. If you’d rather sub ground flax seed for the germ, go ahead!

PS – whole grains are made up of bran, endosperm and germ. The germ is the “heart” and provides healthy fats and nutrients. Wheat germ is basically concentrated health, and can be sprinkled on just about anything! 

Fruit-tastic Girl Shake

Serves 1

2 scoops Aria vanilla protein powder

1/2 c. frozen blueberries

1 c. fresh cantaloupe (or fresh pineapple, honeydew, or strawberries)

1 c. vanilla unsweetened Almond Breeze

1. Add all ingredients to blender; pulse then puree until smooth.

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Peanut Butter Banana Man Shake

Serves 1

1 frozen banana

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1/4 c. oats

3 tbsp. peanut butter

2 tbsp. wheat germ

1 c. skim milk

1. To freeze bananas, wait till they’re perfectly ripe. Peel them and put them on a plate in the freezer, uncovered. After an hour or two, bag the bananas together in a large freezer bag. They will be good for weeks.

2. Place banana, along with other ingredients, in the blender. Pulse several times to break up the large chunks, then puree until smooth.

Fruit-tastic Girl Shake

Serves 1

2 scoops Aria vanilla protein powder

1/2 c. frozen blueberries

1 c. fresh cantaloupe (or fresh pineapple, honeydew, or strawberries)

1 c. vanilla unsweetened Almond Breeze

1. Add all ingredients to blender; pulse then puree until smooth.

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