Raise your hand if you have a kid that just can’t get into breakfast.
You beg, you plead, you guilt trip and still nothing. They are perfectly content to go through the whole morning without eating.
Thanks to our “revised” gastrointestinal systems we know that the body can go long periods of time without food, but for kids especially breakfast is important. It helps them have the energy they need to power arguably the most important organ in the human body: the brain!
My youngest daughter was that kind of kid. She would often skip breakfast, mostly because she isn’t a big meat eater and cereal got boring after a while. But she does like protein shakes. In fact, she went with me to the gym this weekend and, as we were leaving, asked for a shake. I grudgingly forked over about $6 for the very same shake recipe I share below. But I would say it was still worth it because I have finally, FINALLY found something the child will consume for breakfast that is not a doughnut!
WARNING: This shake is not for you, post-ops! Especially if you have reactive hypoglycemia or, like me, are simply prone to “very special moments” when too many carbs are playing in the playground. Kids, though? They need carbs. Good carbs. And good fat. And a good bit of protein, making this a great shake for your kid. You? You may have a sip. Maybe two. But then proceed DIRECTLY to the 2nd shake recipe!!!
Nik’s Trail Mix Protein Shake (for non-op shake lovers)
(Depending on the age of your kid, this would make more than one shake. Feel free to cut the recipe in half to get less!)
8 oz. milk of some sort (your choice)
1/2 ripened banana
1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
1/8 c. lower-sugar granola of your choice (I used all natural pumpkin spice granola I got from the farmer’s market)
1 tbsp raisins
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
A few ice cubes
OPTIONAL: Sweetener to taste (I didn’t have to use sweetener but it depends on the kid)
Combine everything EXCEPT protein and ice in your blender until well mixed.
Add protein and ice and blend again until smooth.
Serve in a glass and try not to sip!!! It’s not for you!!!
The picture at the top is this protein shake in my daughters re-usable travel cup. I made it in the morning, she sipped while she dressed and took it straight out the door with her. Lovely!
Now for you…it’s been a LONG time since I’ve done a new protein shake recipe. There are so many on this blog already (and even MORE than in that link, which I’m working on updating) that I have an extensive list from which to choose. This shake was, as so many are, a result of having to use what I had on hand at the moment. The results were very yummy.
Nik’s “Peanutella” Protein Shake
8 oz. milk
1 scoop chocolate peanut butter protein powder
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp good decaf instant coffee
2 pumps (tablespoons) sugar-free hazelnut syrup
OPTIONAL:2 tbsp fat-free or sugar-free whipped cream (your choice)