This is a guest post from Daniella Silver.
When I started my journey to better health, one of my biggest challenges was changing my breakfast routine.
The reason it was so hard for me to change up my cereal/milk routine was because it was easy, fast, and a habit I learned from a very early age.
One thing I realized is that cereal was more like a “glorified snack” for me. I always had 1 1/2 to 2 bowls to fill somewhat satisfied (which was usually triple or quadruple the serving size). I was hungry about 2-3 hours later and I would feel tired very soon after because of the “wheat crash”.
In order to have energy, stamina, and be fully satisfied until lunch I have learned how important it is to eat a high protein breakfast. There are plenty of ready-made shakes out on the market, but many contain dairy, sugar and soy (which I try to avoid). I still haven’t found one that fits all my “healthy standards” requirements and tastes good.
Most also have this nasty chalky after taste that I can’t stand. After much experimentation I have come up with a homemade high protein, non dairy, non refined sugar smoothie that is delicious! It tastes like an indulgent milkshake and keeps me full until the afternoon. I would love to challenge you to try high protein smoothies for breakfast and to experience the awesome difference.
My high protein secret weapon is hemp seed, which has 10 grams of protein in 3 tablespoons and are high in Omega 3s, DHA and EPA.
1 c. coconut or almond milk
2 c. water
1/4 c. oats ( 6.5 grams of protein in 1/4 cup).
1/4 c. hemp seeds (10 grams of protein in 3 Tbsp)
1/4 c. raw sunflower seeds (7.3 grams of protein per quarter cup)
2-4 dates, pitted
(optional) Dash of cinnamon
(optional) 1 tsp. of vanilla
1 handful of ice cubes
Handful of kale or spinach
1/4 c. goji berries (8 grams of protein in 2 oz).
1 Tbsp. chia seeds (3 grams of protein in 1 Tbsp.)
1 Tbsp. Spirulina
1/4 c. Raw Cacao (4 grams of protein in 1/8 cup)
1-2 tsp. natural peanut butter (8 grams of protein in 2 tsp)
1/3 c. frozen or fresh blueberries
In a high powered blender combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.
Daniella Silver is a holistic health coach who helps pregnant, nursing and busy moms integrate healthy habits into their lives. She helps them improve their health and happiness, crush cravings and emotional eating, and make time for self care so they have all the energy they need to support others. Check out her website at www.daniellasilver.com and sign up for your free health consultation today! Follow her on Facebook at This American Mama.