Most people think of their morning wake-up drink of choice as a cup (or ten) of coffee. For some. The morning is typically a time to drag themselves out of bed, realize they are running late, throw everything together quickly and rush out the door without even considering a time to stop and have breakfast. This is unfortunate, as it is well known that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
It’s important to get the proper nutrition in the morning so that you have the fuel to feel energized and focused all through the day, so if you often find yourself with only enough time in the morning to down some coffee and run, here is a recipe that will give you the energy, speed, and deliciousness of coffee, yet is quick and even portable so you can enjoy while in route to your destination.
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Before we start, there should be a quick word about chocolate. Any time you use chocolate in a recipe, you are faced with many choices as to which one is best for the context. Certainly, not all chocolate products are created equal, so some knowledge on the matter will be helpful. First of all, chocolate can actually be healthy. Natural dark chocolate which is not over processed or filled with artificial additives actually contains many healthy components, as well as cacao, which is even a stimulant like caffeine, as well as an aphrodisiac. For the purpose of a shake, finding a powdered form of dark, natural chocolate with a high cacao content is easiest, though a bar of chocolate is tastiest and can be used by preparing it the following way.
This can be used in place of powdered chocolate for more gourmet results. This takes a bit of time, so if you choose this route, it can be prepared beforehand and stored for about a week. As a concentrate, you can add this creation to any recipe which calls for chocolate. Place a mixture of 3 parts milk and one part heavy cream in a pot. Heat on a low-medium flame until steam starts to rise. Square by square, add the chocolate to the pot and whisk until dissolved. Use a generous amount of chocolate, as this is not intended to drink straight, but as a concentrate, or, liquefied chocolate. You can add a pinch of salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, powdered cloves, vanilla or other such seasonings to taste. Now we have the ingredients to make a chocolate shake that gives a nice buzz like caffeine and is actually healthy.
And now the shake:
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, unflavored.
- ¼ to 1/3 cup chocolate mixture or powder.
- 1-2 flat scoops of protein powder (any type will work as long as it is either chocolate flavored or unflavored.)
- 1 frozen banana.
- 1 to 2 tbsp fine ground Turkish coffee. (Any coffee will do, but Turkish coffee works well as it is ground very fine.)
- ¼ cup chia seeds.
- ½ cup crushed ice.
- 2 tsp blue agave for sweetness (optional.)
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. You can (and should) tweak the ratios of the ingredients to fit your own personal tastes, as everyone’s is different.
That’s it! Put that in a portable cup, grab your briefcase and head out the door. This shake tastes so good and is nutritious enough that you will start your day out right and take the world by storm. Enjoy!