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Breakfast: Milkshakes & Peanut Butter? Groovy, Man!


Taking a little trip in the Way Back Machine today, because I’m talking about Carnation Instant Breakfast. Can you dig it?! And, oh, excuse me, they call it Carnation Breakfast Essentials, nowadays. And maybe I’m not really having milkshakes for breakfast sometimes…because we call them “smoothies” here in the 21st Century!  But in my case, since I’ve been using Carnation Instant Breakfast as a base for my “smoothies”, I really consider it a glorified milkshake due to the sugar content. And I’m fine with that! :) Once in a while, that is. Anyway, here’s the deal:

I’m sure we’re all familiar with CIB.  This stuff has been around since like what…FOREVER?  I’m pretty sure that around 10,000 years ago, homo sapiens domesticated the wolf, discovered agriculture, and then almost immediately thereafter invented CIB.  I clearly remember it from my childhood in the 70s, and it certainly pre-dates that by at least a decade or two.  I don’t think we ever had it really in our house when I was a kid, but I think one of my grandmothers used to keep it.  But whatever, I remember it existed way back when I was a kid, and I also haven’t even thought about it since then, until recently.

I am now always on the lookout for ways to keep my daily protein intake at least at the minimum RDA.  I pretty much always assumed that my protein intake was sufficient, as I’ve always read/heard that Americans in general consume much more protein than necessary.  Well, thanks to my handy dandy online food tracker, I discovered that I typically do not, much to my surprise. It seemed to me like I was eating enough on a daily basis (mostly chicken, I FLOVE chicken!), but it turns out…not so much.  And since I started tracking my food intake before I really started trying to lose weight per se, it turns out it was not just because I was “dieting”, this was true even in my “normal” mode of eating. So began my mission to find ways to up my daily protein intake, and this is one of the ways I have been using.

I don’t usually consider myself susceptible to advertising, but as it happens, Hulu Plus had been bombarding me with ads for this stuff, featuring Holly(?) Whatshername that was on that (also way back) 80s TV show, 21 Jump Street. You know, the one that put Johnny Depp on the map? Anyway, I guess her blathering on about it having added protein adequately brainwashed me through sheer ad repetition (mission accomplished, Carnation!), because I suddenly noticed it on the grocery store shelf one day and decided to give it a try. Plus, it was on sale as a BOGO, and you can pretty much sucker me into trying anything if it’s buy-one-get-one free!

I jazz it up by throwing the CIB and skim milk in the blender with some frozen fruit, usually half of a banana and also strawberries or blueberries, depending on the flavor of CIB that I use. And FYI, MILK CUBES! also work great for this – really make it super thick!  However, ain’t no kind of milkshake smoothie gonna be enough to keep mah belly full for long, so I also add a piece of my FAVE dark whole wheat bread, toasted and topped with peanut butter (more protein). Actually, PB2 instead of traditional peanut butter. I have this in place of my regular go-to breakfast maybe once a week or so.  Because you KNOW I am not going to sub it out on one of my weekend PANCAKE days! So, at long last, here are my bad pix of this breakfast, and then I’ll follow with more info on PB2, and why I use it.

cib-pb2_09192013This “smoothie” was made with French Vanilla CIB, skim milk, banana and blueberries (which is why the vanilla smoothie looks kinda purple).  The whole breakfast pictured here contains approx. 413 calories, and has 23 grams of protein.  Get the details in this Nutrition Info post.  At the end of this post is also a bad pic of what I used to make this.

Now for the scoop on PB2. I like to have a little peanut butter once in a while, and it is high in protein and considered pretty healthy. However, the calorie/fat content vs. quantity ratio makes me disinclined to eat it while counting calories. I just don’t LOVE it enough to sacrifice that many calories and fat grams for a mere tablespoon or two of peanut butter. I have heard about PB2 for ages, but never got around to trying it until recently. The problem was that it was not available in my local grocery stores, and I would never remember to seek it out elsewhere. I believe it may be available at Whole Foods and the like, but I don’t have one near me. Amazon to the rescue! That is where I finally remembered to get some, while I was ordering some other stuff. It’s basically dried, powdered peanuts that you mix with water. They process it somehow to remove a lot of the fat. And it tastes like…peanut butter! At least good enough for me. If you are a true peanut butter connoisseur, you may not care for it. But at 85% less fat calories than traditional peanut butter, this definitely works for me when I am in the mood to have some PB.

And that’s it for now. Please feel free to leave comments or questions below! Peace, my brothers and sisters! :D

P.S. Hey mannnn….disclaimers and stuff: I have no affiliation whatsoever with any companies or products mentioned in this post. It’s all cool, baby!



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