Low-Carb, High-Protein, Sugar-Free Breakfast Shake Recipe

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Total Time 3 min
Prep 3 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 Low-Carb Breakfast Shake

This Low-Carb, High-Protein, Sugar-Free Breakfast Shake recipe has it all. It's designed to get you going (with coffee, but you can use decaf) and keep you going through the morning (with the medium-chain fatty acids in the coconut milk).

The flax seed meal adds fiber and lots of other good things, but you could also add fiber in the form of Benefiber or some similar preparation. If you're not a fan of coffee, try this similar Berry Shake Recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold coffee (can use instant coffee and water to taste)
  • 1 scoop low-carb vanilla or chocolate protein powder (I used Designer Protein for my nutritional calculations, below)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal (or Benefiber or a similar preparation)
  • Sweetener to taste (I like liquid forms of Splenda because it has no carbs)
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes

Preparation

  1. Into a blender container, place 1 cup cold coffee. Alternatively, use instant coffee and water to taste.
     
  2. Add 1 scoop low-carb vanilla or chocolate protein powder (I used Designer Protein for my nutritional calculations, below).
     
  3. Add 1/2 cup coconut milk and 2 tablespoons flax seed meal or Benefiber or a similar preparation, sweetener like liquid forms of Splenda, and 3 to 4 ice cubes.
     
  4. Blend it all up together. If you don't have a blender or don't want to wash the blender after using it, and if you don't care if the end result isn't thick or not, you can make this in a shaker cup.

    Why Flax Seed Is So Good for You

    Flax seeds are high in most of the B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese, but the rest of the good news is that they are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation in our bodies.

    Studies have shown that inflammation plays a part in many chronic diseases including heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and even some cancers. This inflammation can be enhanced by having too little Omega-3 intake (such as in fish, flax, and walnuts) in the diet. Flax seeds to the rescue!

    Flax Seed Is High in Fiber

    Flax seeds are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. This fiber is probably mainly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effects of flax. Fiber in the diet also helps stabilize blood sugar, and promotes proper functioning of the intestines.

    Note that in order to be most beneficial to the body, flax seeds need to be ground to make the nutrients available (otherwise they just pass through your system).

    Also, flax seed oil alone does not contain the fiber of whole flax seed meal.

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