Most mornings, I find the thought of solid food unappealing. I originally came up with this smoothie to make sure I get enough protein in the morning without having to choke down boiled eggs or other stuff I couldn’t stomach within half an hour of waking. Occasionally I’ll add a bit of fruit to the base recipe, but most mornings I have it as is.
Why it has what it does
Coconut milk is delicious and full of saturated fat (so it keeps you feeling full and happy).
Protein powder is for the extra protein (obviously). I like to use plain whey powder from 2 Brothers, as it’s about 10% the price of the fancy protein shakes.
Potato starch is very high in resistant starch. What’s resistant starch and why do I want to eat it? I’ll let Richard Nikoley over at Free the Animal field this one. The short version is: it keeps me feeling full, and it feeds the beneficial bacteria in my gut.
Probiotics are a no-brainer. I like this one from iHerb, as it has soil-based organisms in it. I probably don’t get enough lactobacillus in my diet, but I definitely get more of those than I do the soil-based variety.
Cinnamon and Cayenne pepper are added for both taste and health benefits.
- Half can coconut milk, plus enough water to make up to 200g
- 50g whey powder or other protein powder (I use unflavoured but use whatever you like)
- 2 heaped tbsp potato starch (work up to this amount, 1 tsp at a time if you’ve never had it before. The stuff is potent bug food.)
- 1-2 probiotic capsules
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2-3 shakes cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)
- 1 banana (Optional, usually only if I’ve had a harder than usual workout before breakfast)
Stick everything in the Thermomix or other blender and blend until mixed. I usually use Speed 6-7 for 30 seconds.