I once read that it’s nearly impossible to gain weight if, along with maintaining an active lifestyle, you consume a smoothie for breakfast and a salad for lunch…even if you eat whatever you want for dinner.  (Pizza, anyone?!).  This idea has stayed with me, and I’ve recently tried to incorporate the smoothie-for-breakfast rule with a twist, substituting a protein shake instead.  But not just any shake – THE shake.  It’s chocolately.  It’s nutritious.  It’s vegan.  And it’s breakfast in less than 5 minutes.  Score. 

I discovered the inspiration for this particular shake at Protein Bar – my favorite healthy, fast-fresh eatery near work.  I go there at least once a week to get the Wrigley Peeled shake, filled with fresh banana, almond milk and chocolate whey protein.  It’s addicting.   

Naturally, this led me to see if I could create something similar on my own, and the result was pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.  Great after a workout to help re-build muscles and will keep you feeling satisfied for hours.   Recipe and photos below.

Ingredients:

– 1 banana
– 1 cup almond milk
– 4 tbsp. chocolate flavored protein powder
– 2 tbsp. almond butter (all natural and more nutritious than your everyday peanut butter)
– 1 tbsp. agave nectar (a natural sweetener that can be used in place of sugar or honey)
– 1 tbsp. flax oil (healthy fat)
– 2 ice cubes

Simply combine all ingredients in your blender and mix to desired consistency (I like it with a little froth). 

And…

Voila. Breakfast is served.