Lately I’ve been on a mission to get a little healthier. I wasn’t a terrible eater before, but my diet definitely needed a few tweaks. As a busy mom I was finding it hard to find time to prepare food (which I absolutely HATE doing) and having the right amount of energy to get me through even a 30 minute workout or run after my very mobile 14 month old little girl.
I work out 4-5 days a week, but some days I really struggled with my energy levels during the day or during my workouts. Something needed to change. I’ll be blogging about a system that I found that has really helped me a little later. I’m not promoting any products for the gain of myself or someone else through this series of blogs. This is literally just something I tried and it worked, so I feel compelled to share!
In the meantime I wanted to first share a delicious (and super easy!) protein shake recipe. I mean if I can get on board with making this every day then you know it’s easy! I definitely needed more protein in my diet, and if you know me well you know I NEED my morning coffee. It’s not just for the caffeine, it’s for the ritual.
As part of my new eating plan I started using Shakeology. I’ve heard so many great things about Shakeology and have wanted to try it for awhile. Once I learned that I could mix my morning coffee with the protein powder I was stoked!
I have to admit though I was a little nervous that this was going to taste terrible. I was pleasantly surprised that it tastes absolutely delicious! Shakeology comes with a recipe for a mocha shake and I tweaked it a bit.
Before we get to the recipe first let’s talk about the cost. Shakeology costs $129 for a 30 day serving, plus tax and shipping. I was a bit blown away with sticker shock at first, but then I calculated what I would spend if I purchased a Grande Starbucks Latte everyday (which I basically have been doing for years!) and it added up to $133.50/month! Not that big of a difference. To me it’s worth the cost of Shakeology if I can make a shake to replace my Grande Starbucks every day.
Next let’s talk about nutrition. The reason people rave about Shakeology is that packs in 17 grams of protein per serving, plus a ton of other good for you ingredients. You can find the ingredients for the Chocolate Shakeology that I use in this recipe here. (Note: I am by no means a nutrition expert, but from what I’ve researched Shakeology is a healthy option in comparison to other protein powders on the market.)
Now here’s the recipe:
1) Brew 2 cups of Starbucks Mocha flavored ground coffee and chill in refrigerator overnight. (Yes, you still get Starbucks as part of this recipe!)
2) In the morning pour chilled coffee into blender.
3) Next add one scoop of Shakeology Chocolate protein powder.
4) Blend, pour into your favorite glass, add three ice cubes and enjoy!! How easy is that!?
Optional: If you need some added flavor to your shake you can add a splash of vanilla extract or low calorie coffee creamer. I recommend Nestle Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Creamer in Sweet Cream (35 calories for 1 tbsp). I honestly don’t think you will need the extra flavor though. This shake is delicious on it’s own!
I literally crave this shake every day and it has officially replaced my daily run to Starbucks. It’s really delicious and filling. I brew the coffee right before I go to bed, let it chill in the fridge over night, and in the morning it takes 2 minutes to blend and take with me in the car on the way to work.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Do you have a coffee protein shake recipe? I’d love to hear what works for you!
Updated 9.22.17: I happily sell Shakeology to my clients now that I have become a Health and Fitness Coach! You can place your order here.