Recipe first, backstory later. Tick tock, friends 😉
RULE BREAK SHAKE (the shake that is Whole30 compliant other than the fact that it’s a shake)
10 oz. unsweetened coconut or almond milk
2 tbsp. collagen protein
1 tbsp. cacao nibs
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. almond butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. raw cacao powder
1-2 dates ( I use one)
optional: fresh fruit, like melon or berries, about a palmful (hineydew melon or strawberries work great)
Put it all in a blender and whirl-ify. Liquify. Puree. Whatever.
I call this “Blender in a Tervis” because with its little pieces of cacao nibs, creamy cinnamony color, with pieces of date that are the same color of the inside of a Butterfinger, it reminds me of a Dairy Queen dessert, but healthier.
Also because I’m listening to RHCP and I made the correlation…my pseudo-“Blizzard” in the Tervis I personalized with fandom quotes and pictures of my pittie.
This recipe was born on one of those (post-Whole30) mornings where I had no time to make myself an omelette with leftover veggies and sliced avocado. God bless those mornings when they happen, when I can balance a skillet in one hand and sign a permission slip with the other, but that sure isn’t everyday.
Like most of my creations, the ingredients are what I had on hand.
No shakes, that’s the Whole30 rule as I remember it, because it can bring the sugar dragon out of dormancy. I stick to Whole30 guidelines, and when I go off, I’m re-introducing or splurging and I have carefully thought out and planned both.
Knowing the sugar dragon never really held sway over me, I kept this shake in my breakfast rotation and watched myself for pangs of sugar-needing. The experiment reveals, clothes not tighter. Haven’t jonesed for a Java Chip frapp or pint of Heath Bar Crunch.
But that’s just me. Proceed with self-awareness.
But in case anyone needed a satiating, protein and nutrient packed breakfast, STAT, here it is.
It fills many needs that way.
It also satisfies that rule-breaking need, that urge that hits you out of nowhere, after extended periods of dietary obedience.
I won’t judge 🙂