Monday, 21 February 2011

Healthy Fast Food

Hello Everybody, (Dr. Nick voice for all you ole Simpson's fans),

Breakfast is an important meal (and most people try to eat it in the morning.*)  However sometimes it is hard to eat a good breakfast because one is in a rush and by mid-morning one is eating a Danish or something from a coffee shop. So we are lead to make bad food choices out of a lack of time.

*Unless you are someone who likes to extend their night time fast into the afternoon with certain forms of daily fasting like Lean Gains or the Warrior Diet.

Healthy Fast Food:

My advice is to make a morning smoothie/shake/meal replacement that will keep you full and prepare you for the day. I like to use a Magic Bullet and it has replaced the 2 blenders I used to use in a day. Much cleaner and easier.

Try this:

1. Liquid base. Choose one or mix: Almond Milk, Hemp Milk, Rice Milk or Cows Milk or Water. 1/2-1 cup
2. Fruit:            Choose one or mix: Banana, Pineapple, Berries, Mixed fruit, etc. 1/2-1 cup
3. Fat:              Nut Butter (Peanut, almond, cashew, etc) or Coconut milk or coconut flakes 1-2 TBsp 
4. Fibre:           Flax seed, flax meal, or chia seeds 1-2 Tsp
5. Protein:        1-2 scoops powder (whey, pea, rice, soy, etc) 20-40g, OR 1/2-1 cup egg whites
6. Spices:         Cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, apple pie spice and liquid flavour extracts. (vanilla, cherry, etc)
7. Vegetables:  Spinach, broccoli or kale. (handful)

Add ice cubes if not using frozen fruit or berries and add water to shake if too thick before blending.

Experiment with combos!

Sample Shake: Cutler Peanut Colada (you can adjust the quantity of ingredients to suit your caloric needs)

In Magic Bullet blend:

 1  cup Vanilla unsweetened Almond Milk
 1/2   banana
 1/2  cup pineapple
 2 TBsp coconut milk
 2  Tbsp peanut butter
 1/4  cup blueberries
 2  tsp flax meal
 1 scoop strawberry protein powder (whey isolate is good for this)
 1  Fist-full of spinach. 

This drink tastes fantastic and will keep you full for a few hours. It will have a low glycemic load because of all the fat and fibre and so you won't crash from it later like those "Super Juice shakes" you buy at the mall and airports! Most importantly it is loaded with nutrients and energy for the day! Give it a shot and let me know how you like it by posting a comment! Cheers:

PS: I will figure out what the 'nutrition label' would be and will post later!


PS: I bought my Magic Bullet at Canadian Tire on sale for $30 


  1. A great friend took the time to work this out and email it to me! I never said it was low calorie but full of energy and so it would need to be adjusted for different goals!

    Total calories = 680
    Total Carbs = 68.2g (42.8g sugar/15.2 g fibre)
    Total fat = 29.6 g (7.2g saturated)
    Total protein = 36 g protein
    Total calcium = 8.5 g calcium

  2. Thanks. This is helpful info. For lower calories, you could just cut this in half of would the ratios change?

  3. Great question Jen!
    Yes just cut it in half for 50% less calories. It is not designed to fit a special macro nutrient ratio BUT only about good enzymes, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, etc! You could also make one and drink half for breakfast(top up with water or unsweetened almond milk) and half for lunch or something like that.

  4. Love this shake. I am using 'pure green protein' instead of whey. Green powder is chockerblock with healthy goodness but a bit like cod liver or flax oil in that some people need to plug their nose to get it down the hatch! In this shake however it tastes really good as the peanut butter, pineapple, other flavors take the edge off the green flavor.

  5. good work Jen-however I would say that Green powders replace the 'vegetable' component and you should still use a protein source- pea protein or whatever!

  6. Sure this Shake maybe high in calories, but it's high nutrient calories that will last for many hours. Many refined foods and even some of the fancy drinks that you find in specialized coffee shops have a similar calorie count, but from a nutritional point of view have very few nutrients. Often I find people who are so over consumed about restricting calories that they fail for distinguish between low nutrient and high nutrient calories.

    I have used a similar shake for years and absolutely love it, an amazing source of long lasting energy. I often suggest a similar shake to any of my clients who for years have skipped breakfast or are not hungry in the morning. Keep up the excellent work Andrew.


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