I always recommend starting the day with some protein and fat to fuel your body and brain through a busy morning. But you needn’t limit yourself to eggs.
Protein powders are versatile and provide all the essential amino acids required by the body. It’s important to choose your brand wisely though, as some have added sugar, poor quality preservatives and inflammatory sources of protein such as genetically modified soy proteins. Plantforce Synergy Vegan Protein available in Lloyds Pharmacies nationwide is a perfect blend of rice, pea and hemp protein suitable for those following dairy- and gluten-free diets.
Whether you’re off to work, the gym, an exam or on the go all day this smoothie will help to sustain you right up to lunch time, and the cheeky caffeine hit will help to boost performance. Coffee is often targeted as an unhealthy beverage as it is a stimulant that increases cortisol release (the stress hormone) in the body. But its effect is relatively mild. Used strategically, and not to artificially prop your energy levels throughout the day, caffeine can increase physical performance, concentration and focus. When it comes to caffeine, the dose really does make the poison!
(makes 1 serving)
- 1/2 or 1 banana, peeled (use 1/2 banana to reduce sugar content)
- 1 scoop of chocolate Plantforce Synergy Protein Powder (if you already purchased the vanilla flavour, then add a heaped tablespoon of Nua Natural Cacao Powder)*
- 1 heaped teaspoon Meridian Hazelnut butter (or almond butter)*
- 150ml almond milk
- 100ml water
- 4 ice cubes
- 1 tsp medium roast coffee granules
Superfood Boost (Optional): add a heaped teaspoon of Nua Naturals Energy Smoothie Booster*
*Available in LloydsPharmacy Stores.
Instructions: put all the ingredients into a blender cup and blend until smooth. For a quick breakfast you can fill the blender the night before, pop a few ice cubes the next morning and quickly blend so its ready in less than a minute.
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PAMELA RYAN | NUTRITIONIST | CORPORATE NUTRITION + YOGA