OK, so Deb always swears by her morning shake. I remember it’s one of the first things she told me about when we started emailing back and forth last year. I am never one to crave smoothies. I mean I always enjoy a good smoothie, but the thought of Hmm, I think I’ll make a smoothie this morning never really crosses my mind. I’ve always been more of an oats or eggs…or pancake kind of gal. However, lately, my breakfasts have been pretty high in calories, but they’ve been leaving my hungry. So this morning, I went with the Deb and Allie method, and made a big smoothie. It was delicious. I am full.
Into my Vita-Mix went
2 cups water
25 grams chocolate Jay Robb rice protein powder
1 TBSP cocoa powder
1/2 TBSP maca powder
Stevia or sweetener of choice
1/2 tsp guar gum
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
I blended all my ingredients, and then added 15 ice cubes and blended again. The gums my friends…you NEED the gums. I know, I know, xanthan gum is expensive. I think it’s $15+ a bag at my Whole Foods, but I’ve literally had the same bag since this past summer. It will last you forever, and 1 bag of guar gum is only $4.71 online (plus shipping). I try not to order foods online as our grocery bill is already high enough, but guar gum is not available in Nashville. However, ever since Deb was kind enough to send me my first bag, I know it will forever be a staple in our kitchen. I can’t believe how creamy and fluffy both gums make my smoothies.
The above recipe filled this huge cereal bowl…
as well as this 16 ounce coffee mug…
Many of you have asked me about the cream and my dairy allergy. Well, I’m trying to add more saturated fats to my diet, and so I’m upping my coconut and full fat dairy intake. I do have a problem digesting dairy proteins. Lactose is not my friend, but neither are the whey and casein proteins found in dairy. I emailed Alisa over at Go Dairy Free, and she answered my question regarding dairy allergies and the use of full fat dairy products on her website. Heavy cream still contains some proteins, but butter is often okay for people with mild dairy allergies. So, I’m experimenting.
The stats for my uber yummy and uber satiating breakfast:
Can that possibly be right for such a filling smoothie? Yes, it can. It’s not that I’m encouraging anyone to eat a low cal breakfast and save all their calories for later in the day. I used to do that, and for me, it was a bad idea. However, I don’t like eating a substantial breakfast high in calories only to be left hungry 1 hour later. I think Smoothie Girl and Allie the Pimp are really onto something. 😉
What are your thoughts? What fills you up best in the morning?