My Daily Protein Shake

We all have those daily food habits, whether it’s a breakfast sandwich on your way to work, an almond milk latte from your favorite coffee shop, or that after work beer or glass of wine at a bar, that seem harmless in the moment but reveal their true face/cost on your bank statement.

I like breakfast at home. I rarely drink during the week. And I’ve since invested in a Nespresso machine as a replacement for my daily $5 almond milk cappuccinos.

However, this past summer I developed a new habit: protein shakes, specifically from Barry’s Bootcamp. For those who don’t know, BB is one of those trendy (yet effective) interval workout classes. I will do a class every now and then, but $40/class habit is a bit harder to get on board with. What I’ve become a little too)comfortable with though is cashing out $10 for a shake from their Fuel Bar. Like a really great sandwich, bowl of pasta, or green juice, some things just taste better when someone else is making it for you.

My 1-2 times a week habit has since turned into an almost-everyday one, so it’s time to come up with an alternative. I tend to think of a lot of my purchases in opportunity cost, or as my economics teacher referred to it “opportunity lost.” AKA what could you have bought or had if you didn’t buy what you did. Some simple math later… $10 smoothie x 7 days a week = $70 = massage/mani AND pedi/7 Sweetgreen salads/etc. You get the idea.

I’ve since perfected Barry’s Bootcamp’s ALMOND BUTTER AND JEALOUS SMOOTHIE. And it’s divine, if I do say so myself. See below for the recipe.

Ingredients: 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Vega), 1 spoonful almond butter, 3/4 cup blueberries, lots of cinnamon, and frozen spinach. 

BB’s Fuel Bar leaves out the spinach, but I add it for those extra greens. Also, it makes my smoothie bigger, thicker, and colder. You don’t taste the spinach at all. Trust.

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Now off to get that massage…

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