Every afternoon around 2 or 3 I routinely get hit by a nice big wave of low-energy. At that point in the day I’ve usually been up since 6am, have done errands or completed part of my work day, and have done my workout…so it’s no wonder I start to hit a wall. I love coffee (especially iced in the summer) and am always just barely hitting my protein macros, so this shake is really perfect for me.
I really try to avoid spending money on coffee when I can so easily make it at home, so every morning I pour my leftover brewed coffee into a designated “iced coffee” pitcher in the refrigerator. With this shake I like to make it in the blender even though there is no ice- it develops an amazingly creamy texture, just like a decadent latte you’d spend 6 bucks on at Starbucks.
I always add a sprinkle of cinnamon to my coffee for it’s great flavor and some added (often overlooked) benefits – cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory, is loaded with antioxidants, may reduce the risk for heart disease, can improve sensitivity to insulin, and also helps to lower blood sugar levels / has anti-diabetic effects.
Experiment with adding any flavors you like to mimic your favorite drinks! Vanilla extract, almond extract, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, coconut…be creative! I hope this little pick-me-up brightens up some of your busy afternoons – enjoy!
-1 cup chilled brewed coffee
-1/4 cup milk or dairy alternative of choice
-1 scoop vanilla (or chocolate, for mocha flavor) protein powder
*Optional – cinnamon
Simply add all of the ingredients together in a blender, and blend for approximately 30 seconds until frothy. If you don’t have a blender, a shaker will do a great job as well, but be sure to mix rigorously, as the protein powder doesn’t dissolve as readily into iced coffee as it does with water or milk.