Breakfast on the Go
Most women have a crazy busy schedule. Whether it is a day filled with getting the kids to and from school, rushing out the door to beat traffic as you head to and from the office or, like me, running from audition to audition – making time and effort to prepare and plan healthy meals for yourself often falls to the bottom of the to-do list. And everyone knows, skipping meals is detrimental to your metabolism. (As we age, we definitely don’t want to do anything to make that more sluggish!) My simple solution? Healthy meal replacement shakes! (But, not just any shake will do.)
After working with my doctor, Jennifer Landa, M.D., we discussed the best options for selection of protein powders was a rice or pea protein (to avoid dairy) or whey protein (if you do not have any sensitivities to dairy.) She recommended looking for shake powders that do not contain artificial sweeteners and no more than 4 grams of sugar per serving. Her recipe calls for mixing 1-2 scoops of protein powder with ice and/or all-natural coconut water and throwing in about 1 cup of berries. Berries boost antioxidants and vitamin C intake, while minimizing excess consumption of fructose. Avoid adding things like peanut butter and soy – these foods are highly allergenic and can inhibit weight management, as well as cause GI distress.
Personally, I love shakes that are chocolate, strawberry or vanilla flavored with a few berries added blended with ice and a little coconut water or plain rice milk –low fat, low carb and very satisfying. For me, breakfast is the most difficult meal to make time for, so this shake is an easy substitute. At night, I have one with just water when I want something sweet.