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Critique my "late for work" meal replacement!

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Created March 02, 2010 at 2:31 PM

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:

  • 1 cup Silk brand almond milk (original flavor)
  • 2 ounces Organic Valley brand heavy cream
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder

Is this an appropriate solution? How could it be improved?

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on May 01, 2010
at 11:33 AM

@Suzan, yum, I love that, I usually have a few raw yolk (sometimes the whole egg) and coconut cream and heavy cream shakes a day.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 04, 2010
at 01:53 PM

Yeah, I'm going to have to try something with eggs. I need to have a few recipes based on how much time I have. The 60 second recipe, and the 3 minute recipe. I've decided recently to let my body get as much sleep as it needs/wants, but my time to get ready in the morning has suffered as a result... lol

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 07:48 PM

I train in CrossFit, so the intense interval training maybe just burns through it all. dunno

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 02, 2010
at 07:36 PM

You are lucky David- carbs give me tons of trouble weight-wise.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on March 02, 2010
at 05:50 PM

Not unless you were blending it for hours. With the ingredients mentioned, you'd hardly need to mix it at all. Also your cream would be fresh from the fridge, which would make it substantially harder to turn to butter.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 05:15 PM

Will the cream turn to butter if I put it into a blender with the other ingredients?

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 05:14 PM

I don't typically fast, I probably eat more on the higher carb range for paleo.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 05:13 PM

Cool, I may try add an egg - maybe I can toss it all into a blender.

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on March 02, 2010
at 05:00 PM

No need to apologize. We all understand your situation. Just trying to see if you can find something better. Egg yolks take at most a minute more than protein powder. As David Moss also points out you don't have to consume protein at breakfast. If you don't have problems with milk or yogurt, that is the same amount of time as pouring almond milk. Anna suggests coconut milk, that seems better also.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 03:59 PM

And mainly, today was a big fluke, I had 15 minutes to get ready to leave for work.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 03:55 PM

To be honest, spending several hours a day cooking and preparing food is just too much.

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

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on March 02, 2010
at 03:17 PM

Just my personal preference, I'd use coconut milk instead of almond milk and add an egg yolk. LOL I just had a shooter with coconut milk, heavy cream, a a raw egg yolk, and a couple of frozen cherries.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 02:59 PM

Not sure, but I don't go keto, I eat a good amount of vegetables every day.

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Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

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on March 02, 2010
at 04:57 PM

Running late is a wonderful excuse for some impromptu intermittent fasting. :)

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on March 02, 2010
at 04:07 PM

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!

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 05:15 PM

Will the cream turn to butter if I put it into a blender with the other ingredients?

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on March 02, 2010
at 05:50 PM

Not unless you were blending it for hours. With the ingredients mentioned, you'd hardly need to mix it at all. Also your cream would be fresh from the fridge, which would make it substantially harder to turn to butter.

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6b73f0c4b971e2dde7147920e329fe7f

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on March 02, 2010
at 04:45 PM

Why not just skip breakfast if you don't feel like preparing something healthy? Is your body dependent on a three-a-day feeding schedule?

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 05:14 PM

I don't typically fast, I probably eat more on the higher carb range for paleo.

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5ebeec76e20738d0a17cd724d64b1e0f

on March 03, 2010
at 03:03 AM

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.

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(2004)

on March 02, 2010
at 06:08 PM

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.

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Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on March 02, 2010
at 03:38 PM

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.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 03:59 PM

And mainly, today was a big fluke, I had 15 minutes to get ready to leave for work.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 05:13 PM

Cool, I may try add an egg - maybe I can toss it all into a blender.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 03:55 PM

To be honest, spending several hours a day cooking and preparing food is just too much.

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on March 02, 2010
at 05:00 PM

No need to apologize. We all understand your situation. Just trying to see if you can find something better. Egg yolks take at most a minute more than protein powder. As David Moss also points out you don't have to consume protein at breakfast. If you don't have problems with milk or yogurt, that is the same amount of time as pouring almond milk. Anna suggests coconut milk, that seems better also.

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(6157)

on March 03, 2010
at 05:17 PM

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).

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 04, 2010
at 01:53 PM

Yeah, I'm going to have to try something with eggs. I need to have a few recipes based on how much time I have. The 60 second recipe, and the 3 minute recipe. I've decided recently to let my body get as much sleep as it needs/wants, but my time to get ready in the morning has suffered as a result... lol

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 02, 2010
at 02:50 PM

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.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 02:59 PM

Not sure, but I don't go keto, I eat a good amount of vegetables every day.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 02, 2010
at 07:36 PM

You are lucky David- carbs give me tons of trouble weight-wise.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 07:48 PM

I train in CrossFit, so the intense interval training maybe just burns through it all. dunno

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