Meal-talk Monday: Banana Protein Frappuccino

I’m sure you’ve already heard the age-old adage: breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day.  Eating a good breakfast can boost your metabolism so that you burn more calories throughout the day.  It can also help jumpstart your brain in the morning – it’ll provide you more energy which in turns aids in focus, concentration, and memory. ¹

That sounds great and all, but I could never get myself to eat breakfast during the week.  I’m not a morning person, so anything that might add time to my morning routine before work is usually a no-go.  I’m that person that will squeeze every last ounce of sleep out of my “night,” hitting the snooze button until the last possible moment.  I’m lucky if I can even brew a cup of coffee.  Making a hearty, healthy breakfast just didn’t seem like it would jive with my life.

The problem: If I’m not making a homemade breakfast, that usually means I find myself standing in front of the vending machine at work with my belly grumbling a few hours later.  My only real option at that point is spending $1.50 on an overpriced granola bar or – worse – a grossly unhealthy vending machine cinnamon bun.

Luckily, I found an option that is quick, filling, and let’s me get my morning coffee in – all at the same time.

Banana Protein Frappuccino

– 1 Banana, Frozen
– 1 Scoop of Carrington Farms Coconut Protein
– 1 Cup of Coffee, Chilled Overnight

The directions here are pretty easy.  Make your cup of coffee (I use a Keurig, so making one cup is pretty easy) and stick it in the refrigerator at night.  Then, wake up, throw the coffee in your blender with 1 whole banana and a scoop of Coconut Protein (or your protein powder of choice) and you’ve got a healthy, delicious alternative to a Frappuccino!

Here’s why I’ve chosen my ingredients:

  1. The Banana: This adds a little bit of sweetness to your coffee and is a good replacement for creamer.  Not only is it low calorie, but bananas have a slew of health benefits on their own. ²
  2. Carrington Farms Coconut Protein: This is a relatively new protein powder that I stumbled upon in the grocery store, and I absolutely love it. I try to avoid animal-based protein powders (post on that later) but I’ve never found a vegan powder that I’ve liked – until now.  The coconut protein doesn’t have a strong taste, is made out of only 3 ingredients (coconut, pumpkin, and pea powder), is totally organic, and has 10g of protein per scoop!  It’s not super fibrous either, so it blends well with my coffee.
  3. The Coffee: Let’s face it. I’m going to be drinking a cup of coffee in the morning no matter what. I need the caffeine.

If you try this breakfast, or have any suggestions or tweaks, let me know down in the comments or on Instagram! I’d love to hear your awesome breakfast solutions too!

¹ WebMD: Breakfast Benefits
² Livestrong: 10 Health Benefits of Bananas

Feature Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

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