Chocolate Chip Breakfast Shake

Can you believe I would dare suggest a creamy shake for … breakfast?  Oh my, once you taste this shake, you will wonder why you neglected to indulge in ice cream in your morning routine.   NO guilt either!  No way!  

I am trying to loose unhealthy weight, so why in the world would I eat ice cream?  Well it is all about nutrition.  This shake is all about a powerhouse of protein and muscle building amino acids.  I have been learning a new method of food (fuel) combining through the Trim Healthy Mama method.  I am so excited about the recipes they share and the recipes I am creating myself using their information as a foundation.

I have been eating healthy nutritious foods for more than 15 years, since learning about Weston A Price Foundation and true nutrition.  Yet somehow my body continued to gain weight on healthy food.  I did not know there was an actual method to how to combine healthy nutrient dense foods or alternate these foods to prevent weight gain.  I tried dieting for the first time this past year using The Fast Metabolism Diet as I learned about foods that rev up the metabolism.  The problem I have with that method is that it neglects eating healthy fats 4 out of 7 days a week.  That is just not ok with me.  It also excludes dairy.  So I was searching for a better way.  Friends on the homeschool crew suggested THM to me last summer.  But it took sometime to aquire the book, and then digest the information.  It is huge!

But there is so much to this method of eating healthy foods without overlapping fuel types.  It really does help the body use the right fuels instead of storing the extra fuels away for future use in the way of pounds of fat hanging on your body.  I’ll share more about Trim Healthy Mama in an upcoming story, and you can count on lots of amazing recipes in upcoming stories too.
This shake should be called the Chocolate Chip Mirical Shake, but I decided to remove that title and call it a breakfast shake instead.  But you could have it any time of day, not just for breakfast.  It is amazing to think you can enjoy this delicious treat and still loose weight.  I included it twice during this past week for breakfast, along with great meals and snacks, and I lost 12lbs this week!   I can not hardley believe this happened.  I hoped to loose 2 lbs.  I got on the scale and said a prayer.  I have been praying and asking for the Lord’s help with my diet choices and my weight.  I told the Lord I just needed a small amount of encouragement, if he would help me by the scale showing at least a small change, just a pound or two and I will be happy and know that I am on the right track.  I had no idea I had lost 12lbs until I got on the scale, before lunch, fully dressed.  I looked down, and it showed a 12lbs loss fully clothed.  NO WAY!  I had to reweigh myself over and over and besure the scale was not broken or that I was not dreaming.  But it was true.  I really did loose it.  I brought my husband in the bathroom to see it too.  We were both so happy that I had this kind of progress this week.  I give God all the glory. 
I was going to write about the foods I am eathing and tell you about the recipes I am creating, etc. but I thought it would still be a couple of months yet till I was ready to write about it.  But after one week, enjoying this delightful shake a few times for breakfast, and then having this kind of change in my weight, I decided I better get a story out about it.

Chocolate Chip Breakfast Shake

This recipe makes a 16 oz serving shake just the right size for breakfast.  It is an S meal or S snack using the Trim Healthy Mama method.  It is sugar free, and has 32 grams of protein. It has a wonderful array of nutrients like calcium, b vitamins, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin D, selenium, iron, potassium, and so much more.  If you want to increase the nutrients, check out the “options” listed below for an even greater nutritional boost.
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 tsp Truvia (1 packet)
5 to 8 ice cubes
2  to 3 tbsp skinny chocolate (THM recipe) or dairy free dark chocolate.
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup plain almond milk
1 tbsp of vanilla whey protein powder (from grass fed cows), or you can increase to 2 tbsp to increase the protein if desired.
Blend everything together until smooth.  This will result in a thick creamy vanilla shake with bits of chocolate thorughout.  YUM!
If you prefer to eat scooped ice cream, you could freeze this shake after making it until it is very hard, then scoop it out into a bowl (or cone).  
All of my kids love this shake too.  I am so happy with how this recipe turned out for me and my family.
Optional: add 1 tsp cocoa powder to make this a Double Chocolate Chip Shake (S meal on THM plan)
Optional: Make it Fuel Pull.  Use only 1 teaspoon of dark or skinny chocolate in the recipe above, plus the 1 tsp to 2 tsp cocoa powder option.  Will need to increase the Truvia to 2 packets.  This will change this to a Fuel Pull meal.  Fuel Pull meals have only 5 grams (1 tsp) of added fat (chocolate) in the meal.  You can also omit the Chocolate all together and go with Vanilla Breakfast Shake for a Fuel Pull meal on the THM plan. 
Optional: 2 tsp ground nuts (this will add crunch, heathy fats and protein.  S meal in the THM diet plan.) 
Optional: 1 pasture raised fresh egg yolk (this will add additional amino acids, protein, enzymes, vitamins, and healthy fat.  S meal in THM diet plan).  
Optional: 1/2 tsp glucomannan or xanthan gum (for added thickness to make it spoonable, leave it out if you prefer to drink your shake through a straw, this does not change the type of meal it is, just changes the thickness quality).
Optional: Make it an E meal:  Reduce the skinny or dark chocolate to 1 tsp, and blend in fruit of choice, like cherries, strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.  These fruits greatly increase the vitamins and antioxidants of this wonderful breakfast shake.  I will show you my Cherry Chocolate Chip Shake in a story soon. However, fruits add some sugar carbohydrates into the shake so it changes the fuel combination.  To change it from an S meal to an E meal reduce the skinny or dark chocolate to 1 tsp, leave out the egg yolk and nut options, and add the cocoa powder option with the fruit for
added chocolate flavor.  Go with low glycemic fruit options for the best choices.
Next time I will share how I made THM Skinny Chocolate Bars (can be eaten like is, or chop up from chocolate chips, or melt for glaze frostings, etc.), and my own creations Mint Chocolate Chip Shake recipe, and Cherry Chocolate Chip Shake recipe.  Oh my…they are all sooooo good!!!

This recipe will be linked up with 
THM Linkup
THM facebook group
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2 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Breakfast Shake

  1. Amber Neal Post author

    Great job Melinda on your weight loss! I know it is not an easy thing!! I am so glad God has directed you to something that works well for you!This shake looks awesome!! Thanks for linking up with us for MMM link up party!


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