Cold Brew Protein Shake

A Cold Brew Protein Shake can make a delicious and quick breakfast

Should I Eat Breakfast?

Not everyone likes to eat first thing in the morning. And when it comes to losing weight, it probably doesn’t matter. But sometimes a quick, healthy breakfast smoothie hits the spot.

For you coffee drinkers, this cold brew protein smoothie is a convenient way to load up on your nutrition with an additional boost of caffeine. It’s also an effective pre- or post-workout snack or an easy-to-prepare snack or meal.

Why This Combination of Ingredients for Losing Weight?

Protein helps control cravings, builds muscle mass, prevents weight gain, balances hormones, and boosts mood. Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and cold brew is less acidic and easy to make. Plus, there are several ingredients you can use to customize this smoothie and boost its powerful medicinal benefits even more.

Ingredients

  • Coffee: Several studies show that caffeine can boost our metabolic rate. This is especially helpful as you work to lose those last few pounds. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, causing it to send signals to the fat cells to break down body fat. Coffee is the largest source of antioxidants in the western diet and may protect from Alzheimer’s disease and liver cirrhosis.
  • Turmeric: This bright yellow spice contains curcumin (up to 3% by weight). Numerous studies have linked turmeric with wide-ranging anti-inflammatory effects. In addition to reducing inflammation, it has also been shown to support brain and joint health.
  • Omega-3 essential fats: Essential fats, by definition, must be obtained through your diet. They can have a profound impact on inflammation, brain health, and help prevent heart disease and stroke. Controlling inflammation is especially important with athletic recovery as well as for preventing chronic diseases. Omega-3 fats also help lower blood triglycerides levels and are effective in the treatment of depression.
  • Chia seeds: These tiny seeds, loaded with fiber, protein, and omega-3 essential fats are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke. Chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants and provide fiber, iron, and calcium. Chia seeds also help create a thicker, richer consistency in your smoothie.
  • Cinnamon: Antioxidant-rich cinnamon may reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It improves insulin sensitivity (this is a good thing) and lowers blood sugar levels.
  • Spinach: This leafy green superfood is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. Spinach is also a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline.

How to Make the Cold Brew Protein Shake

Prep time: 3 min

Ingredients

  • 8oz cold brew coffee
  • 8oz unsweetened almond milk or golden milk
  • 2 scoops of your favorite protein powder

Optional Additions

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp omega-3 essential oils
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Handful of raw spinach

Directions

  • Combine ingredients in a blender and mix for 30-60 seconds.
  • Drink immediately.

Test out the optional additions to increase the health benefits. Often, they can’t be detected in the drink.

If you’re restricting calories as you prepare to make weight and compete, everything you put in your mouth counts. The food you eat is what your body uses to recover and including additional functional foods that would not normally make it onto your plate is an effective way to give yourself an edge.

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