So what’s up with all this powder we’re expected to put in our bodies as a “healthy” meal replacement? Are you kidding me? I love chewing entirely too much to honestly consider drinking something, that’s probably super gritty (and let’s be real…might make me poop) just for the sake of being healthy. Granted, I care about my body and know the importance of fueling it with good things over giving it garbage and expecting to live in vibrancy. However, the last protein shake I had…tasted like a reminder of why I don’t drink protein shakes (I won’t name any names). Now that I’m a devoted vegetarian on the road the vegan-hood…I am fully aware of the importance of protein and the effects it has on the amount of energy we have and even our moods…because well, when you don’t consume enough protein, you feel fatigue…no matter how much sleep you get. Trust me, I KNOW. Being a rookie in the meat-free gang, I am still learning what I should be adding to my grocery list to ensure I’m getting all the nutrients I need to actually benefit from eliminating the consumption of flesh from my dietary lifestyle and with a full time job and dream I’m trying to chase on the side…I don’t always have time to prepare a full course meal packed with what I need throughout the day. The habit of just eating what’s convenient is kinda hard to break.
But last yesterday, I decided to go to a local holistic health expo in my city. To make a long story short, I ended up being one of the raffle winners and was able to pick my prize. Yeah, this was fate. Out of a nice little selection of books, candles, and coupons, right when I was going to go back and grab a beautiful (and delicious smelling) homemade candle…I saw this big brown jar that said “plant” and “chocolate”, among other things that caught my attention later on, that I knew I had to get it.
Looking at the ingredients including chia seeds, cranberry seeds, quinoa, shiitake mushroom, and lots of other amazing things to improve your vitality…I thought…this is too dang good to be true! AND it says it tastes like chocolate?? Dude… Ashton Kutcher is somewhere, but I’m ready for my big break, so it’s cool.
So I opened it and took one scoop out (it comes with a scooper) and it smelled horrible…well at least it wasn’t what I was expecting. Yet I proceeded to add it to some water and shake it…BAD DECISION. Mind you, what I shook it in wasn’t a blender bottle or anything, just an old lidded coffee mug. It was chalky to the tongue and I almost cried wishing I had just gotten the candle but I decided I wasn’t gonna go out like that. So I got creative with bananas, agave necter, peanut butter and coconut milk, put it all in a blender with ice, water and a scoop of the Plnt powder and let ‘er rip!
What a difference it made! It literally tasted like cake batter and was even better the next morning when I drank the left overs for breakfast. Needless to say, this has officially become my breakfast of choice throughout the week because I have never felt so energized, satisfied and bright-eyed than I did after chugging this, pre-7am shift. I was happy and way more present than I had been in a long time.
Ladies, if you love chocolate like me but you’re not trying to feel guilty for eating that snickers bar like a crack head getting a hit…you have to try this! It’s good for you mentally and physically and has 17 grams of protein a serving! Ah…it’s amazing. Like, this was one of those “everything happens for a reason” moments that made me smile as I redecorated my classroom like the energizer bunny itself.
Here’s the ingredients and (approximate) measurements of what I used in my mixture:
- 1 scoop of Plnt By chocolate protein powder
- 6 ounces of purified water
- 6 ounces of ice
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 large banana
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoon of agave nectar
NOTE: Be sure to pulse this in your blender so the bananas can keep their original flavor and not oxidize.
Again, these are just approximate measurements, you can add a little more or less of anything if needed.
Makes about 2 to 3 cups.