I’m sure I can’t be the only one out there who has asked this question. Coming from an Italian family, a love of food was ingrained in me since I was young. We eat our food and we drink our wine. Simple.
And yet, here I was, seeing all these social media posts with people drinking their breakfasts, lunches, or dinners (or all of the above). What in the…?
Well, curious as I am, one day I decided to give this whole protein shake thing a go.
Before long, I was the crazy person posting pictures of my breakfast shakes on social media and getting excited about drinking my food. If you know me well, you know how much I love my food. It’s not something I take lightly. I am not the kind of person who “forgets” to eat lunch and I’m a firm believer that calories don’t count when you are on vacation. And yet, here I am, actually bringing protein shakes on vacation.
How did I go through such a shift? Well, for starters, when you use a tasty protein powder (since they don’t all live up to my standards), a protein shake can actually be delicious. I know, I didn’t believe it at first either. But I actually enjoy and look forward to my shake in the morning.
There are also some important health benefits that are particularly relevant in today’s culture.
The truth of the matter is that we are a busy, nutritionally-deprived country. A broccoli today does not have the same nutritional value as a broccoli 50 years ago. The standard American diet isn’t providing all the essential minerals and nutrients that our bodies can only obtain from food.
And when you’re busy, it’s easier to grab take-out than it is to spend time in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong. I love cooking, but if I also want to squeeze in gym time, writing time, socializing time, and sleeping time all around my day job and housework time, something’s gotta give.
So, onto the protein shake bandwagon I went! In my opinion, there is a right way and a not-so-right way to approach drinking our food. I break it all down in today’s video, along with the health benefits it provides. Listen, it may or may not be for you, but the only way to truly find out will be to just shake it up! (You know I had to include that pun in here somewhere.)
If you’re curious to try incorporating protein shakes into your diet, let me know! I’ve got a ton of great recipes and would be happy to help make it work for you.