I’ve got a secret. A superpower, if you will – although it makes me feel anything but super. I am… The Breakfast Skipper.
Our morning routine is pretty tight, and in the three (yes, three!) hours from the time I wake up until the time we head out the door to daycare and work, there’s not much time to make myself a little breakfast. This definitely ties in to Goal #1 on my list for 2014 – I need to clean up my diet. Luckily, Vega’s Vega One vegan protein powders can help me prepare a quick breakfast (that I can actually eat, thanks to my band and its morning tightness). By making #OneChange every morning and using Vega’s shakes and powders, I can make sure to get all the nutrients I need to start my day off right and head out the door with energy to spare.
Vega sent me some samples of their Vega One French Vanilla shakes to try out, and they couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. This week we’re in California, visiting family and friends before we head to Disneyland for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend, so it was easy to toss some single-serve packets in my suitcase before we hit the road.
If something is a challenge, especially in the morning, the odds of it getting done are slim. Keeping fresh fruit around is always a risk because it goes bad before I have a chance to use it (or it gets buried in the back of our fridge and becomes a science experiement we discover weeks or months later). Traveling adds to the challenge of breakfast prep, so I went the easiest route possible – I grabbed some frozen smoothie mixes and juice into which I could add the Vega One shake mix.
I’m also not terribly concerned about calories or sugar, as you can tell (although this smoothie mix isn’t too bad, with 60 calories and 10g of sugar per serving when prepared with 100% apple juice) – the important thing for me is to get a good amount of protein so I stay full until lunch and have energy to make it through the day. Each single-serve shake mix has 15 grams of protein and 50% of my daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals, in addition to a healthy amount of fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids.
In literally 30 seconds, I had all the ingredients for my smoothie assembled and mixed – no measuring, no cutting, no washing. Just dumping and pouring. Looks tasty, doesn’t it? The Vega One shake mix has a little bit of a green tint to it, probably because it’s a great plant-based protein source.
Twenty seconds of blending on low (or pulse) later, and my smoothie was done. Not bad for under a minute! And it was especially yummy (be sure to add a little extra juice than the smoothie mix calls for to keep the shake mix from thickening it up too much).
I also ended up with enough smoothie to share some with Jason, who was heading out on a little morning run. Bonus! And the shake mix just added a touch of vanilla flavor to my fruity smoothie, making it taste even more like a treat – but one that would satisfy me for hours.
So now it’s your turn to make #OneChange. Visit the Vega #OneChange website to discover your eating profile (are you a Breakfast Skipper like me, or maybe a Serial Snacker or Weekend Splurger?) and find out what #OneChange you can make for your health. Be sure to check out the entire range of Vega products, and download your free copy of “The Dieter’s Guide to Not Dieting.”