I had a little bit of an incident with some cake at work. It was homemade chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and it was SO GOOD. I only ate a tiny piece, but it was enough to awaken the sugar monster and make the rest of my day extremely challenging. I have no regrets about eating it because life is too short to to regret eating cake.
It did get me thinking about how I could recreate the delicious taste of the cake but with more nutrients and less of a sugar crash later (I definitely took a nap that afternoon). So I whipped up a little shake that basically tastes like cake. I added coffee to it (decaf) because I like coffee, but you could definitely leave that out.
I find the struggle to eat or not eat things in order to meet goals so frustrating. You might wonder why I even bother following a macro plan if I'm frustrated by it. I have my reasons (#goals), but that doesn't make it any easier. We have a natural tendency to want the things we can't have, self-imposed or otherwise. I have yet to find a way to not occasionally give in to eating those things, the best way I have come up with to cope is to accept whatever happens and move on.
Everything you put into your body, good or bad, is a choice. Even if it's in a moment of weakness, it is still a choice. So accept your choices rather than beating yourself up or feeling guilty about them and plan to do better next time.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Coffee Protein Shake
Makes 1 serving
4oz strong coffee
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (or protein powder of your choice)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter
6-10 drops stevia (adjust to your taste preferences)
5 ice cubes
1. Place almond milk, coffee, collagen peptides/protein powder, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and stevia in blender. Blend for 30 seconds or until well combined. Add ice cubes and blend until smooth.
Note: If you are looking to add even more of a nutritional punch, you could add a handful of spinach or a scoop of beauty greens. The flavors in the shake are strong enough that you wouldn't taste it and you could get an entire serving of vegetables that taste like dessert!