I don’t know about you but I’ve never been much of a breakfast person. Oh, I think it’s incredibly important. Good protein and sustenance is vital to start your day. And my family is predominately hypo-glycemic so if we don’t get our blood sugar up then mornings aren’t pretty.
So, breakfast is important! But even though, maybe I’m hungry 30 minutes after I wake up, I don’t really feel like eating food for at least an hour or so. Which is why I jump start breakfast with a protein drink.
And I have made an art out of protein drinks over the years.
I’ve tried so many different brands and flavors. Some were filling. Many weren’t delicious. For years everyone thought soy or whey were amazing and you couldn’t find any other options. A lot of powders still have chemicals and preservatives and awful things that are the very opposite of healthy.
Even though there’s a lot of options, finding the right protein powder can be tough.
So, I offer my years of experience, experimenting and exploring of ingredients and flavors to help you find a great breakfast jump start.
Plant Based Protein
I am thrilled with the plant based proteins now available. Most include organic, non-GMO ingredients you can feel great about putting in your body. Primarily these are blends of peas, chia seeds, hemp and brown rice proteins.
After all my mixing and matching I discovered Orgain Protein powder.
The flavor is excellent on it’s own and the protein is decently filling (until like 10:30am when it’s good to have a snack anyway). Mix it up with coconut milk and almond milk (and a splash of coffee – and by splash I mean a quarter of a cup. yum!) and you’re ready to go.
When I do mix the Orgain, I use Truplenish. It has a bit of a berry flavor to the chocolate, which if you like chocolate and strawberries or something you’ll probably like. I’m a purist and fruit with chocolate just makes me ask, “why are you ruining my chocolate?” But it’s just a hint of berry and when blended with the Orgain you get a lot of good vitamins and minerals and enzymes. Check out the nutrition labels to see why it’s worth mixing.
You can always mix it with bananas or peanut butter if you like more of a smoothie (or go bold and throw a ripe avocado in there for some good fats!). Sometimes, though if it’s early and you need to get out the door, simpler is better and a protein drink is a great jump start to fill you up just enough to get you to snack time and give you some good nourishment along the way.
While hemp is a plant protein, it stands alone as an ingredient enough to be worth discussing on it’s own. My one caution with hemp protein is that, though it’s great protein, it’s a bit grainy and doesn’t always dissolve entirely.
I also found hemp protein decently filling but rather lacking in flavor. I just kind of felt I couldn’t offer only Orgain as an option and hemp protein is my second favorite. Because protein drinks are perfect for concocting so I can make hemp work. My favorite mix includes:
- Raw Cacao powder – it adds a slightly bitter flavor but if balanced with a bit of sweetness it adds rich chocolately deliciousness with great, healthy minerals like magnesium and iron.
- Coconut Sugar – a little goes a long way in adding sweetness. It also provides excellent zinc, calcium, potassium and iron.
- Coffee – it’s not the epitome of healthy, granted. But if you’re looking to add flavor, a little bit blends with the chocolate flavors wonderfully. Toss in a bit of coconut milk creamer for some dairy-free smoothness and you’re on your way to an excellent morning.
- Coconut electrolytes – bonus, not necessary but certainly fun addition. You get a subtle salty flavor and a nice dose of energy.
Blend it all up with almond milk or coconut milk (or both because I never quite stop concocting) and you’ve got a smooth, delicious, healthy breakfast.
Bone Broth Protein
Full of not just protein but also collagen and minerals, bone broth protein is a great alternative if you don’t like any of the plant proteins.
The collagen gives it a thicker texture than plant based protein powders; more like a smoothie or a malt than chocolate milk. If you don’t mind that, you’re golden. If you prefer a lighter drink, use 3/4 to 1/2 of a scoop to a 16oz cup (I like to mix my drinks up in a Ninja because the single serve cup with a lid is perfect to blend and go without creating a mess).
It also blends well with peanut butter and bananas.
In the end, that’s the beauty of protein drinks. Start with a base flavor you like. Mix it up with other healthy ingredients until you find your own blend. Have fun playing with different flavors and options so you don’t get bored of the same thing every morning.