I can hardly believe how beautiful this past week has been. March in Chicago is never this gorgeous. We’ve been having 80s temperatures all week and it’s perfect. We skipped right over spring and straight into summer. I realize that next week is going to drop to 50s and 60s but still! No complaining here. I heard Arizona got 20″ of snow though, which makes me wonder what the hell is going on with the weather on this world lately. I know there have been always variations of weather over the centuries but it’s kind of weird. I just hope the world isn’t really going to end anytime soon, I’m no where near done living! I have way too much to accomplish and I’m too young.
Anyways, since it’s been so beautiful outside, my honors sustainability class yesterday decided to spend the last half of the class in Millennium Park. Gotta love having class outside, right? Of course, except when a bird singles you out and poops on you while you’re sitting in a circle with your classmates talking about nature and sustainability. My professor goes “I wish it was me that got pooped on instead of you, but this just proves that nature shouldn’t be sugarcoated and it is not always beautiful.” We were talking about agriculture and this accident made a good segway to talking about the bad things farmers have to deal with. Lovely.
Today for breakfast I took a break from the regular omelette and decided to make a protein shake since I haven’t had these in a while. Today is my rest day but I was just craving a shake.
Mocha Banana Protein Shake Recipe
Before you start, you may want to purchase or gather some ingredients that really make this shake stand out:
I keep bananas frozen and cut into three parts in the freezer so that I am always prepared and have some in case I get a craving for a banana shake like today. Put the 2 (out of 3) cut parts of the frozen banana in a blender along with ice cubes. Now, put the protein powder, cocoa, coffee, and cinnamon in.
Now is the time to put the milk in. Don’t worry about exact amount to put in. If you want it more liquidy – you can put in more. If you like it more creamy – put in less. Play around with it. If you use fresh bananas, I recommend pouring less milk to keep the consistency creamy.
Blend for a while, until it’s all nice and blended up and ready. I blend on low, alternative with turbo to shake it up when it stops, because I don’t want to wake up my roommates and I find the high blend mode to be way too loud haha.
There ya have it! If you are a caffeine fanatic, add regular instant coffee. Unfortunately, I am unable to have caffeine as it increases my anxiety but I still enjoy the taste of the coffee. Thank god for decaf 🙂 Notice that we used NO SUGAR in the whole recipe. I always try to lower sugar in all recipes, I find most American recipes to contain too much sugar for my liking. If you find this shake not sweet enough (although banana is a high sugar fruit) you can add a little bit of Truvia, a natural non-calorie sweetener. Enjoy!