The No. 1 thing that gets me out of bed to hit the gym first thing in the morning is my protein shake. It’s absolutely delicious and I only have it as a post-workout breakfast as a reward for getting up early. It tastes like a chocolate milkshake, and who doesn’t want to start their day with a healthy version of that? The ingredients are simple:
- 1 banana
- a handful of spinach
- a bit of kale
- two scoops of EAS Lean 15 Chocolate Fudge Protein Powder
- a handful of rolled oats
- fill rest of cup with unsweetened vanilla almond milk
I would recommend using a Nutribullet to blend it all together. I use my roommate’s and it does a fantastic job of blending everything in a very quick amount of time. Over the summer I had to use a food processor which doesn’t work nearly as well. You can use any type of protein you like, but I recommend the EAS Lean 15. It provides a 100 calorie serving of protein that is targeted to keep you full, and give your muscles amino acids from fast-digesting whey protein and slow-digesting micellar casein. For girls especially, I find that it allows me to gain muscle without feeling bulky like regular whey protein powder can do. I would also recommend getting the chocolate fudge flavor and not the vanilla cream. One time I purchased the vanilla cream and I couldn’t wait to finish it.
This shake is super easy and nutritious – you get fruits, vegetables, protein, calcium, and the rolled oats to keep you full. It is also great with a scoop of almond butter (or peanut butter if you please).
Now, I know it looks questionable and absolutely disgusting, but you have to trust me that it’s good. One of my friends last year saw me drinking it and she commented on how unappealing it looks. I told her to take a sip of it and she was amazed – it really does taste like a chocolate milkshake. To this day she still asks me if I drink it and tells me how great it tastes.
If you feel like rewarding yourself after a workout, then this shake is for you. It has the sweet taste you deserve without undoing all your hard work at the gym.