Coffee. You either love it or you hate it.
I started drinking coffee in college when I worked as a kewl barista at the Starbucks in our school library (hey-o King Lib!). I actually started off as a professional sandwich maker, but my attention to detail for requests (lite mayo please) & precision when it came to distributing the perfect amount of ham vs. swiss cheese allowed me to move up in the ranks of that cafe.
I began brewing lattes, cappuccinos, hot apple ciders and fraps like a pro. You would have thought the smell of coffee for 4 hours straight would deter me from trying my first cup. A coworker told me to start with the most powerful… umm okay? So I graciously took my first espresso shot similarly to how I would take lemon drop shots… quick, slight gag, terrible looking face. I loved it!
Just kidding. I hated it, but knew I had a nearly all-nighter ahead of me for a chemistry exam that I had not read one chapter on. Needless to say, the espresso kicked in and kept me from dozing off while reading about allotropes and valence isomerization. Thereafter, I ventured down the path of all the sugary Sbux essentials… full fat hazelnut lattes and mocha fraps. The thought of drinking one of those now makes me kind of want to gag. They are way too sweet and knowing there are 8 teaspoons of sugar in a grande hazelnut latte, makes my butt that much bigger (not in a good way).
As I became wise-old-me, my coffee order changed too, becoming much simpler. My standard morning is 1 1/2 cups of coffee with a splash of cream. While, I am not particular about the blend and will drink anything, I tend to prefer medium roasts. The Kirkland coffee has been our staple for awhile, but we occasionally try something new.
The other 1/2 cup coffee is used in my protein shake. It gives it an extremely rich flavor that I love. Also, I get another little coffee kick once I am ready for breakfast. If you’ve been following along with me for quite awhile you are aware that my go-to protein shake is Isagenix.
Isagenix shakes offer not only protein, but the appropriate amount of carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals to be deemed a balanced meal. I tend to replace my breakfast daily (but not always) with a protein coffee shake. They are simple, delicious and have aided in my post-partum weight loss.
Below I am sharing my simple protein coffee. You can easily add whatever you want into it too. Want it a bit sweeter? Add 1/3 banana. Want it seasonal? Add in pumpkin pie spice. Want it thicker? Add in more ice. Want it creamier? Add in almond milk.
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2 scoops Whole Blend Isagenix chocolate
1/2 cup black coffee, cooled
2-4 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients into a blender or nutribullet. Process until smooth. Add more ice or water to get desired consistency.
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