Whew! I am getting sooo busy as September creeps up! How about you? In times like these, I have to find quick, low maintenance methods of staying healthy.
Running around so much and my long commutes can get me a little drained. A lot of people run to Starbucks and grab a sugary, high calorie coffee drink to perk up. Or worse, a soda! However, those options not only pack on the pounds, but they will end up making you feel even worse as you crash from all the sugar and your body starves for real nutrients.
To satisfy my afternoon sweet tooth, get a little perk of caffeine, AND a nice punch of energy boosting, blood sugar stabilizing protein, I like to make coffee protein smoothies. A grande Iced Caramel Macchiato is 230 calories, while a grande Mocha Frappuccino is a whopping 400 calories! This homemade smoothie is a mere 150 calories plus has 25g of protein and healthy carbs from the banana. It's super simple, tastes great, and you can blend it up at your house or at your job if you have access to a blender. If not, invest in a little Nutribullet or similar.
Coffee Protein Smoothie
25 g protein, 150 calories
1/2 cup brewed coffee (you could use instant and add milk or water)
1/2 frozen banana
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (or flavor of choice)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Ice cubes as desired
Blend all together until banana is well blended. Sip and perk up!