The Ultimate Breakfast Shake

May 19th

My husband leaves for work at 6:30 so when I get to the kitchen, the coffee is made and waiting for me. On weekends it goes like this – we wake up and don’t talk while he makes the coffee. While it brews I walk around the kitchen restlessly, not talking, sometimes stopping in front of the machine to stare at it. About five sips or so into our coffee we’re different people, chatting about our day to come or how we slept. Addiction? Yes, I think that’s what you call it. Because I’m caffeine sensitive, once I have my morning coffee I’m done for the day. There are no stops to Starbucks or I’ll be up all night (I’m really an old person inside a young(ish) person’s body). If I go out to breakfast or brunch I’ll order a water (or a Bloody Mary!) because the coffee part of my day is over.

The second part of this story is that sometimes I have a shake for breakfast, and as I alternate between the cold shake and my hot coffee, both become less enjoyable. What if I could combine them? Well it’s pretty easy to do, and the freezer is our savior, once again. Occasionally there’s leftover coffee in the pot (like playdate mornings or holidays) – now I freeze it in an ice cube tray (I actually use a silicone brownie tray I found in HomeGoods clearance) and bag the cubes once frozen. On sticky mornings this summer OR when I know I’ll be passing the ‘bucks in my morning commute, I’ll be adding some caffeine to my morning shake. For you runners this could be ideal as well! Who wants all that hot liquid sloshing around inside?

With fruit, protein, veggies, and healthy fats (seeds), this breakfast has it all. FYI, I don’t like to blend my chia seeds because it makes the shake gelatinous; they’re great for you, though, so a shot on top gets the job done.

The Ultimate Breakfast Shake

Serves 1

1/2 c. chilled, strong brewed coffee (or frozen cubes)

1 small frozen banana

2 pitted dates

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 c. packed baby spinach

vanilla almond milk to blend

Chia seeds, optional, for topping

1. Blend all ingredients except chia seeds. Pour into glass and top with chia seeds.


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