Until vanilla Shakeology is available in a vegan option, we vegans must get our vanilla fix elsewhere.
I may have the solution.
I obtained PlantFusion’s cookies and cream variety of their protein blend from Vegan Proteins some time ago when it was on sale and never got to try it. I’m usually a chocolate gal by nature but was curious.
I made some tonight using about 10-12 oz of unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk and half a banana.
It did not disappoint. Very smooth, very tasty. It’s hard to find smooth vegan protein powders. Shakeology and Vega One both do an excellent job, and Sunwarrior’s not too bad either.
Starting the day off right, with my kitty Squee and some chocolate vegan Shakeology. 🙂
My personal recipe is one scoop of the chocolate vegan, 2 TB of Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa, 2/3 cup frozen strawberries, and 1/4 cup frozen raspberries. Tastes like dessert and it’s all of 230 calories!
My breakfast is a liquid one for a number of reasons:
It’s fast. I frequently don’t have much time in the morning before work, and this is the fastest way I can get my nutrition. Chocolate vegan Shakeology has 170 calories, 16g of protein, 5g of fiber and is packed with probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes with only 3g of fat. Plus, it gives me my chocolate fix. 🙂 Good start for my day!
It packs enough calories in as little as possible while being healthy and nutritious. My stomach’s not awake at this hour either, and it’s rare that I wake up hungry. But I need my fuel! This gives me the fuel I need even if my appetite in the morning is lacking.
It hydrates me, which is beautiful because in the mornings I frequently wake up mildly dehydrated. I often find that people think they aren’t morning people and wonder why they’re groggy, tired, spacey, can’t think straight, etc. Reach for the water versus the caffeine; those are signs you could be dehydrated.
I borrowed this recipe from Sunwarrior with my own substitutions and additions:
3 TB brown rice flour
1 scoop chocolate Sunwarrior warrior protein
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used Godiva chocolate liquor since I had no extract)
2 TB raw cacao
1 packet stevia
1 serving Ener-G egg replacer
1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl, then extract (or liquor), egg replacer, and almond milk into another. Slowly mix the wet with the dry.
Cook over medium heat in a skillet. This will make about 4 small pancakes. If you have the means to make a large one this will make one large. I do not have the means and I learned this the hard way. It fell apart but it was still incredibly tasty.
To make this with less calories, use instead 2 TB unsweetened cocoa (30 calories if you use Ghirardelli vs the 60 of raw cacao) and water in place of the milk. It’ll knock it back 70-75 calories
I’m a software engineer. These blog posts go out because I write them up in advance and schedule them in advance, because like many people, my time is at a premium and I don’t have full control over it.
So how does one eat healthy in an incredibly crazy and busy world?
Here are some of my tips:
1) Cook/prep things you plan to eat often, in bulk, in advance. Things like quinoa and brown rice can be cooked on weekends and keep well in the fridge, and can be added to meals throughout the week.
2) Make extra of things that freeze well, and take them out for convenience lunches. You can do this with soups and stews.
3) Add leafy greens whenever possible. I bring in foods that warm up well and add a container of baby spinach to them, and mix it up well.
4) Make juices and smoothies in the morning and take them with you in a thermos or tupperware container.
5) Bring fruit and cut up veggies to work.
6) Bring a travel blender or juicer to work!
Some fast meals I like to make when I’m either too busy, too lazy, or just am feeling uncreative but still want my healthy, quick eats:
1) Quinoa, beans, salsa. Really, that’s it.
2) Sauteed veggies in coconut oil with brown rice
3) Sauteed or steamed kale
4) Kale or baby spinach with half an avocado and lemon juice for a tasty salad
When in doubt…just bring fruits and veggies…the original fast food. 🙂