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Do you know if your current diet is giving you your recommended 25-30 grams of protein before noon? More importantly, do you know when and how you’re taking your protein?
What time you eat your protein during the day can have an effect on how your body uses it, so instead of leaving your entire protein intake for the evening, many nutrition experts recommend a protein-rich breakfast so that you can be focused and energized in the morning. This really is no surprise, since we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! With 8 grams of protein per 8-ounce serving, milk is a good addition to your meal, and sure to make your breakfast hearty and nutritious. Today I’m sharing with you this delicious milkshake recipe that is an excellent way to incorporate milk into your breakfast!
A Traditional Smoothie Bar, this is a very famous place in my hometown, it has been in business for decades.
Refresquería "La Bajadita" Photo Courtesy of Grupo Tampico Antiguo
Fruits shakes (or “licuados,” as we call them) are a very popular drink in Mexico, especially for breakfast. They’re fast, easy to prepare, and very versatile, since you can use almost any type of fruit in them. In large cities (and even in those not too big), there are certain snack bars known as “refresquerías” that sell fruit shakes from early in the morning until late afternoon. People will stop by to get one of these drinks for their breakfast, or even for their lunch.
You can get many fruit combinations in a single glass, although the most traditional fruit smoothies are those with a single fruit, such as banana, strawberries, mango, cantaloupe or papaya. There are also many complex combinations using one or more fruits that can be mixed with granola, honey, nuts, and even raw eggs and wheat. There is also the cactus smoothie with orange or pineapple juice, and the recently trending green smoothies. This particular recipe is for the classic and ever-popular “Liquado de Platano”- Banana Milkshake.
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- 2 cup of milk
- 1 medium size banana
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1-teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- This is a lighter version of the original served in my hometown; you can add more banana if you’d like to give it a thicker consistency.
- In my hometown, we sweeten the smoothies with grenadine syrup instead of sugar, it gives a different flavor and color to the drink. The grenadine syrup sold here in the states is quite different in taste.
1. Place milk, peeled banana, ice cubes, sugar and vanilla in your blender glass.
2. Process until you have a very smooth consistency.
3. Pour in glasses and dust with cinnamon. And enjoy! It is so easy!
Start your new year by getting 25-30 grams of protein in the morning. This smoothie offers 8 grams of protein, and if you pair it with to eggs any style, and a side of (2) sausage links or (2) slices bacon for your breakfast, then you have reached your morning goal.
What is your favorite morning protein?
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