There’s no excuse to not make healthy decisions… not even a busy morning should stop you. I’m very passionate about living healthy and making those daily mindful unique healthy decisions. On busy mornings, it’s even more important to start your morning off right so you can continue to feel energized for the rest of the day ahead.
Sometimes, mornings are hard for me, especially on days my husband is working super early. Let me tell you about our usual morning routine on days when my husband isn’t working early. My husband and I get up, have a little healthy snack before we go to the gym (lately mine has been 4 oz of homemade raw milk yogurt), workout for a half hour to forty-five minutes, come home, eat breakfast which usually consists of an omelet with cheese and all-natural ham and a glass of raw milk, and then we do things around the house and hang with our furry children. I guess when I write it all down, it sounds like a busy morning, but it’s our routine.
Days when my husband goes in to work early, my routine is completely different. I usually work afternoons, so I let myself wake up naturally without an alarm. Usually, my two furry babies wake me up. So, we all get up together, I feed my girls and figure out how I will be spending my morning whether it’s doing things around the house, running errands, etc… But, there’s one thing that when I’m on my own in the mornings that I forget about and that’s breakfast. Not good. I tend to find myself not making that healthy first decision so I start my day off right. And what happens? I end up feeling tired and sluggish. I knew I needed to make a change so even on days when I wake up and my husband isn’t home, I still start my day off right. And that’s where today’s recipe comes in.
I’ve been thinking and thinking about how I can ensure that I continue to make healthy decisions, even on busy mornings and even on days when my husband isn’t home. I knew it had to be something easy that I could do, something fast that doesn’t require me to cook. We don’t eat cereal or frozen foods. Everything we eat we make ourselves, so that makes breakfast a little more complicated. I started thinking back to before I changed my lifestyle 2 1/2 years ago, and I remembered my favorite breakfast back then. Now looking at it I know how horrible it is, but it inspired me. Back then I used to love drinking a Carnation Breakfast Essentials Dark Chocolate shake with peanut butter and banana. I knew, now that I wasn’t going to do that… but why couldn’t I create this same shake and actually make it healthy?!?!?
This breakfast is a little more processed than I’d like, but it’s a good alternative for those crazy insane mornings when food is the last thing on my mind. And, most important it’s still healthy.
Before I get to the recipe, I want to share with you the health benefits of each of the ingredients I selected. My breakfast shake consists of raw milk, raw cacao powder, 100% organic peanut powder, high quality whey protein, and one whole banana.
Raw Milk: I will be discussing this in more depth in a future post, but raw milk is so good for you! Healthier than anything you will ever find in a carton in your grocery store. We get our raw milk straight from a local farm. We pick up 2 1/2 gallons every two weeks.
“What is “raw milk” exactly? It’s milk that comes from grass-fed cows, is unpasteurized and unhomogenized. This means raw milk contains all of its natural enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals — making it what many refer to as a ‘complete food.'”
Organic Raw Cacao Powder: Cacao powder is literally a super food! It is high in anti-oxidants, contains magnesium, it is the highest plant based source of iron, and can help improve your mood. I love using cacao powder and figuring out ways to incorporate it into recipes. Why do I use Cacao Powder instead of regular Cocoa Powder? Good question. BeGoodOrganics.com explains the benefits of Cacao Powder vs. Cocoa Powder really well:
“Cacao (pronounced “cu-COW”) refers to the Theobroma Cacao tree from which Cocoa is derived, and is used when referring to unprocessed versions of the cacao bean.
Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy). A recent study suggested that between 60% and 90% of the original antioxidants in cacao are lost through common “Dutch processing”. Dutch processing was originally developed in the early 19th Century to reduce the bitterness, darken the colour, and create a more mellow flavour to chocolate, but unfortunately also eliminated a bunch of the goodness.
Non-organic cocoa (and non-organic chocolate) has also been treated heavily with toxic pesticides and fumigation chemicals, and may contain genetically modified (GMO) products.”
100% Organic Peanut Powder: Using a peanut powder gives you all the great benefits of peanut butter, but in an easy non-messy way to combine into shakes and recipes. Two tablespoons provide you with 6 grams of protein. You could also opt to use regular peanut butter, I happened to have this in the house. Peanut butter provides you with protein, potassium, fiber, magnesium, Vitamin E and antioxidants. It’s a wonderful healthy addition to a breakfast shake.
Whey Protein: To make my shake I used Cabot’s Premium Natural Whey Protein Unflavored. All it contains is Whey Protein Concentrate and Soy Lecithin.
“Whey protein is considered a complete protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids and is low in lactose content. People commonly use it as supplementation, alongside resistance exercise, to help improve muscle protein synthesis and promote the growth of lean tissue mass.”
Banana: Bananas are known for being high in potassium, but they also contain many other important vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and Vitamin A. They are also a great source of fiber.
Each of the ingredients in my shake is healthy for you with numerous benefits, and it’s so easy to make!
Raw Cacao Peanut Butter Banana Whey Protein Shake
- 8 oz raw milk (or any milk of your choosing)
- 1 Tablespoon LIVFit Raw Cacao Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Crazy Richard’s 100% Peanut Powder
- 1 Scoop Cabot’s Premium Natural Whey Protein Unflavored
- 1 Banana
Put all ingredients in your blender and mix until everything is combined. Then pour into a cup and drink.
It’s not sweet, but I like that. If you want to sweeten it, I’m sure you can add honey or another all-natural sweetener. Experiment. Find what works for you. It tastes great and is satisfying and filling. I think this will be a great breakfast for me when I’m on the go, or for days when my husband isn’t home in the morning. It will help me to make sure I start my day off with healthy decisions, and providing the important fuel I need to get through the day.
Living the M.U.D. Lifestyle is all about making those Mindful Unique Decisions. This is your journey and finding what works for you. It’s a constant experiment, and that’s what’s fun about it. If something doesn’t work, then you go back to the drawing board and brainstorm some more. I know that I only want to put good things into my body that will help propel me forward. Whereas years ago I would have reached for something extremely processed, now everyday I make those decisions to stay the course and make healthy decisions for my body and fuel it with whole foods.
This is my own personal review and I have not received any compensation for it.
Products I Used:
- LivFit Raw Cacao Powder – https://www.betterbodyfoods.com/product/livfit-superfood-organic-cacao/
- Crazy Richards 100% Peanut Powder – http://www.crazyrichards.com/product/pure-pb-pouch-6-5-oz-pouch/
- Cabot’s Premium Natural Whey Unflavored – https://www.cabotcheese.coop/whey-protein