The longer I work with clients, the more I realize it’s less about giving my clients the “cutting edge” nutrition information and more about giving them easy to implement strategies. Not that I’ve given up trying to educate those I work with, it’s just that too much information tends to overwhelm more people than it helps.
One of the most successful strategies many of my clients have implemented is homemade meal replacement shakes. Although many people initially balk at the thought of using protein powder (these same individuals seem to have no qualms about ingesting copious amounts of refined sugars and processed fats, but I digress), once they overcome their trepidation, they quickly find that a homemade protein shake is among the healthiest meals they put into their body over the course of the week.
But convincing someone that having a protein shake makes for good nutrition and getting them to actually do it are two totally different animals. You would be amazed at how many people struggle with developing the daily protein shake routine. Can you guess why?
It has nothing to do with palatability or digestive issues. No, the #1 reason people decide not to make a shake is that cleaning a blender takes a couple of minutes. This tends to be a more common complaint when the shake is supposed to be consumed at breakfast. It seems that suggesting that someone alter their sleep habits by even 2 minutes is akin to asking them to drop kick their baby; they just won’t do it.
Thankfully, there is quite the awesome solution: The Magic Bullet Blender. Now you might be thinking, “I already own a blender, why should I purchase another appliance?” Trust me, I love blender acquisition as much as anyone (currently I own a Vita Mix, 2 regular blenders, a Magic Bullet and 2 hand blenders), but the only one that gets daily use is the Bullet.
Breakfast made easy
Although I question many of the food preparation claims on Bullet advertisements, it is second to none for making great smoothies. The real benefit of the Bullet is that it is ridiculously easy to clean up. Ten seconds with running water and a scrub brush and even gritty ingredients like flax seeds are gone in a flash.
Not only does it offer the quick clean up option, but it comes with a travel lid, so those of you “I’ll grab breakfast as I run out the door” types can just whip up a shake, pop the cap on and drink breakfast during your morning commute.
With simple convenience like that, the excuse that eating healthy takes too much time becomes a thing of the past.
Since my girlfriend and I got ours at Christmas, we conservatively estimate we’ve used it over 300 times. Shakes, protein pancake batter and grinding flax seeds and oats seem to be what dominate our use, but you might find another way to incorporate it.
If you’ve been searching for a way to improve your diet quality and don’t already own a Bullet, I strongly recommend you pick one up. Once you see how quick and painless they are to use, you’ll be kicking yourself for not grabbing one sooner. The one recommendation I have, don’t buy it online as they can often be found on sale in stores for $30-40.
To help you get started with your Bullet, here’s the current favourite shake recipe being made in my house:
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 8 walnut halves
- 3 TBSP canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 TBSP ground flax seeds
- 1 TSP cinnamon
- 1/2 TSP nutmet
- ice/water as needed
Add walnuts and flax seeds to Bullet cup, grind until they are broken down. Toss everything else into the cup and pulse blend for 20-30 seconds.
Remove and enjoy!
There you have it, 30 seconds and you are on the way to building a better body and even better health. Till next time, train hard and eat clean!