So I was running extremely late for work and only had time to throw my lunch into a bag and make a quick drink mix for breakfast.
My breakfast drink consisted of:
Is this an appropriate solution? How could it be improved?
Nothing wrong with it as a hurried solution, but my thoughts would be:
Almond milk: Silk seems to be mostly carb (7g per cup) rather than fat (0.5g O-6 per cup). I'm surprised, because I'd have thought almond milk would necessarily be packed with omega-6 (assuming it was somewhat akin to almonds!). Really almond milk just seems to be a glass of nothing: you're paying for 7g carb, 2.5g fat and 1g protein. So I can't really imagine it's that satisfying and nutritionally there's certainly nothing to commend it.
Whey protein powder: Depends on the individual. Whey is very insulinemic for a protein. That said it's still better than carbohydrate in this respect and people seem to be able to lose weight with it. In terms of the 'dairy' element, it varies from individual from individual. Whey does contain bioactive peptides and does produce an opiate effect, it also effects the immune system, though whether in a good or bad way, who can say?
Cream: Nothing wrong here!
The ideal thing would be just getting some quick fat from cream and then waiting for your protein until you can get it from a better source rather than whey. That said, fat alone isn't especially 'energising' as a food in the morning, since it'll only be digested very slowly, whereas protein will force sugar into the bloodstream, warm you up etc, so I can see the appeal. If I'm tired and want some 'energy' to wake up rather than just calories to fill a deficit then I'll have some protein, not some fat.
One solution could be having coconut, either milk, or adding creamed coconut to your cream. Because it's MCT it's rapidly metabolised and so gives you a burst of energy and is thermogenic. Alternatively, if you don't want a drink necessarily then you could just eat a block of creamed coconut!
No, it is not paleo. The goal should be to eat food with natural (absorbable) nutrients like our paleo ancestors. Protein powder is a refined protein with few nutrients unless it is artificially fortified. It is not a paleo food. Why not eggs? Almond milk is also a refined product with plenty of anti-nutrients.
Prepare a dozen hard-boiled eggs and keep them in the refrigerator for hurried mornings. A few eggs, plus some cream in your coffee and maybe some berries, should hold you for a while.
I used to make a shake like the one you describe, only I'd use unsweetened Almond Breeze (only three carbs, I think). It got boring.
I would skip the almond milk and protein powder.
If you need a little something extra with your cream, you can have it with a little coffee or unsweetened baking chocolate.
Hard-boiled eggs are another easy and quick food.
I sometimes throw a raw egg in my smoothies. Your mix sounds good to me, and you could occasionaly use coconut milk for variety.
How many carbs are in your whey protein powder? The Whey Gourmet brand I use has about 4 grams per scoop.
David, you could do a lot worse (Hot Pockets and Pop Tarts for everyone!), but this isn't really food. The three ingredients you used were pretty heavily industrially processed.
That said, I'm very sympathetic to busy mornings. I almost always prepare breakfast ahead of time and heat it up at work. I make a huge amount of eggs (often as many as 36) on Sunday night, and that's enough to keep me going for several breakfasts.
My housemate takes another approach by making poached eggs with salsa in the microwave in the mornings. Takes about 3-4 minutes, tops.
You can find both recipes on my blog (click on my profile to see the link).
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